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Oct. 24, 2012

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the University of South Carolina Women’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field title that they secured in Baton Rouge, La., on June 1, 2002. The NCAA Championship was the school’s first-ever team title in any sport for the Gamecocks. Thirteen members of the squad combined to earn 128 All-America honors over the course of their collegiate careers.

In the weeks leading up to the All-Sports Reunion, will feature members of the 2002 NCAA Championship team.

Tacita Bass Sumter
Class of 2003, Biology

Birthplace: Mobile, AL
Current Home: Columbia, SC
Currently… Works at the SC Department of Employment and Workforce

Athletic Accomplishments:
As a Gamecock:

  • 7-time All-America
  • 3-time NCAA Champion
  • 2001 Indoor – 4x400m (Bass, M. Barber, Sheneka Griffin, Washington) (3:30.08)
  • 2002 Indoor – 4x400m (Bass, Demus, Stoddart, Washington) (3:30.36)
  • 2002 Outdoor – 4x400m (Ross, Washington, Bass, Demus) (3:26.46)

NCAA Memories
Event(s) competed in at the NCAA’s:

  • 4x400m NCAA Champions (Ross, Washington, Bass, Demus) (3:26.46)
  • Heptathlon (3rd)

Favorite NCAA Championships Memory: Standing up on the podium

South Carolina Memories
Why did you choose South Carolina? I wanted to be on a team with the other great athletes that were coming in at that same time.
What are you most looking forward to about reuniting with your old team? Reminiscing

Then | Now
Favorite Movie: Love and Basketball | Steel Magnolias
Person you admire most: Erin Narzinski |Jackie Joyner Kersee
Greatest athletic thrill: Penn Relays | Winning The NCAA Championship

The members of the 2002 NCAA Championship team will be honored in Columbia, S.C., on Nov. 9 and 10 as a part of the All-Sports Reunion.