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Sept. 24, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina first-year head coach McGee Moody has announced the signing of Jason Memont as an assistant coach for the Gamecock swimming program. Memont comes to South Carolina from William and Mary where he spent the previous three seasons.

“Jason (Memont) knows what it takes to win,” Moody commented. “He has had great success with the athletes he has worked with. He has already established a great repiore with the athletes here, and he is going to do great things for the Gamecock Swimming program.”

During his time with the Tribe, Memont helped produce eight Colonial Athletic Association champions, 80 school top-10 times, 10 school records, and 293 lifetime-best swims. The 2005-06 women’s swimming team set school records for wins in a season, conference wins in a season, conference winning percentage, and highest place at the CAA meet; the men’s team posted the most wins in the past seven years.

The primary coach for the distance swimmers, Memont was directly responsible for many of the top performances during his time at William and Mary. Memont proved himself as a dedicated coach and recruiter for the Tribe. As head recruiter, he oversaw the two fastest classes in William and Mary history. The ’09 and ’10 classes accounted for 72% of the teams points at CAA Championships.

Memont joined the Tribe after spending the previous two-and-a-half years as head coach of the YMCA North Shore swim team in Ipswich, Mass.. Overseeing all swimmers age five-18, 20 of his swimmers went on to Division I programs under his guidance. He also coached five YMCA qualifiers during his tenure.

An accomplished collegiate swimmer at Rochester Institute of Technology from 1996-2001, Memont won the Empire 8 conference title in the 200 breaststroke his senior season. He also counted two third-place finishes at conferences among his accomplishments, in the 200 IM as a junior and in the 100 breast as a senior. He raced to NCAA provisional marks in the 200 IM and 400 IM and holds five school records (200 IM and all four relays). Named varsity captain in 1999 and 2001, Memont also served as an assistant coach in his final two seasons, helping three national qualifiers. He was also a five-year member and assistant coach of RIT’s nationally ranked club water polo team and made the Dean’s List four times during his collegiate career.

Memont, who holds a BS in information technology from RIT, spent three years as a high school technology teacher at Haverill High School in Haverhill, Mass. While there, he also served as the men’s varsity tennis coach for two seasons.