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Feb. 8, 2007

Lexington, Ky. – South Carolina advanced four men and three women to the second day of finals at the SEC Championships during this morning’s preliminary session.

Junior Dan White was the first Gamecock swimmer to advance to the finals. White finished fifth in the 500 free preliminary with a time of 4:24.67. Georgia’s Sebastien Rouault was the fastest in the preliminaries, with a time of 4:20.24.

South Carolina also advanced three men in the 200 Individual Medley. Junior Kyle Cormier finished tenth in the preliminaries with a time of 1:48.84. Freshman Dominique Lendjel finished eleventh with a time of 1:49.00, and junior Leopoldo Andara finished fifteenth with a time of 1:51.41.

On the women’s side, sophomore Amanda Dunnigan finished twelfth with a time of 2:02.81 in the 200 Individual Medley and junior Christy Williams finished fifteenth with a time of 2:03.17. Sophomore Sharntelle McLean was the third woman to qualify for finals. McLean finished tenth in the 50 free with a time of 22.93.

All of today’s Gamecock finalists, except Andara, reached NCAA B-standards with their preliminary times. Tonight’s finals will begin at 6 p.m.