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Oct. 25, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina women’s soccer team will honor the late Jill Darr Rowell at Friday’s SEC regular season championship match against Florida with a special halftime presentation. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium.

Darr Rowell was a women’s golf student-athlete at South Carolina from 1992-95 who lost a 10-month battle with AML Leukemia on April 18, 2010 at the age of 37. Survived by a seven-year old daughter, Carlie, and a two-year old son, Evan, Darr Rowell was an avid Gamecock men’s and women’s soccer fan along with her husband, Richard, who was an assistant coach with the men’s team from 1994-2000. Richard Rowell also served as a broadcaster for the men’s and women’s programs from 2001-05 after marrying Jill on the University of South Carolina campus at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe in 2001. Darr Rowell ended her battle with cancer in her hometown of Gainesville, Fla., at the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center.

Darr Rowell earned an English degree from South Carolina in 1995 before earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education in 1999. She taught at Satchel Ford Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., and also served as the women’s varsity golf coach at Dreher High School.

Information about Leukemia Lymphoma will be available at the game for all persons wishing to learn more about the disease that affects more than 130,000 new patients each year.

South Carolina plays Florida Friday night at 7 p.m. in a game that will decide the 2010 SEC Regular Season Champion. The match will be televised live on SUN Sports and will also serve as Senior Day for five South Carolina seniors playing their final home games at Stone Stadium.

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