Dec. 4, 2005
Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the Bulldog Invitational on Sunday afternoon with both squads finishing in fifth place. The USC men’s team scored 472 with the women’s team finishing with 448 points. For the third straight day, South Carolina broke a school record, this time it was in the 200 butterfly as Christy Williams bested the mark she set last season with a time of 1:59.12, good enough for third place. Also among the highlights was a second place finish in the 100 freestyle by men’s swimmer Christian Robledo. Robledo finished at 44.61 to hit an NCAA “B” standard.
Carolina had several swimmers compete in the finals of the 100 freestyle on both the men’s and women’s sides. Along with Robledo, competing on the men’s side was senior captain Reid Duff, who finished seventh with a time of 45.56. For the women’s team, senior Haley Skaggs took seventh place at a time of 51.60 with Diana Lopez placing right behind her in eighth at 51.88. Freshman swimmer Kassy Kugler also had a strong performance in the “B” finals and finished 11th overall at 51.64 in the consolation heat.
USC qualified tthree swimmers for the “B” finals in the women’s 200 breaststroke. Lindsey Tiberio hit an NCAA “B” cut time at 2:18.22 placing 10th and Amanda Dunnigan was right behind her in 11th place at 2:18.40. Kendel Fiorentino was in 14th place at 2:20.70 Tamas Bathazi was a finalist in the 200 butterfly and secured a fifth place finish with a season best time of 1:49.80.
The meet concluded with the 400 freestyle relay and the USC team didn’t disappoint. The men’s quartet of Christian Robledo, Dan White, Kyle Cormier and Dan White hit the fifth fastest mark in school history and an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 2:59.22. The time was good enough to put USC in third place. The women’s team of Diana Lopez, Haley Skaggs, Kassy Kugler and Christy Williams was sixth place with a season best time of 3:25.20.
South Carolina will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 7 in dual meet action at the Carolina Natatorium vs. NC State.
South Carolina 448
Tennessee (diving) 76
Auburn (diving) 76
South Carolina 472
Auburn (diving) 64