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Nov. 28, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina men’s swimming and diving team is ranked No. 13 in the latest Endless Pools Top 25.

The Gamecocks have 9.7 performance points in the poll, which reflects the team’s top performances in meets from Nov. 5-25. During that span, the Gamecocks defeated College of Charleston and finish second at the Virginia Tech Invitational. At the invitational, South Carolina posted some of the nation’s fastest times with junior Michael Flach leading the way. Flach, who earned National Swimmer of the Week honors for his performance, turned in the top 200 freestyle time (1:35.86) and the top 200 butterfly time (1:45.51) in the country.

“I’m happy with where our men sit in the poll,” South Carolina head coach McGee Moody said. “I think this reflects the hard work that they have put in. It shows the direction that our program is going. Now the goal is to continue to move up the rest of the season, and I think our guys are ready to do that.”

The points for the Endless Pools Top 25 are calculated using the average percentile rank of each team’s top twenty-seven swims in each meet. The Top 25 are ranked according on the basis of each team’s highest-scoring meet within the previous three weeks.

The Gamecocks return to action on Jan. 12 in a road dual meet at Duke. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Durham, N.C.

ENDLESS POOLS TOP 25Rank    Team            Points1   Stanford        2.22   Louisville      3.93   Southern California 5.54   Virginia Tech       5.75   Louisiana State     6.36   Virginia        8.17   Georgia         8.78   Minnesota       8.89   Wyoming             8.810  Purdue          9.011  NC State        9.212  Hawaii          9.513   South Carolina      9.714  Penn State      9.915  Indiana         10.216  Pittsburgh      10.217  Tennessee       10.518  Florida         10.619  Northwestern        10.620  Brigham Young       10.821  North Carolina      10.922  Utah            11.023  Missouri State      11.324  UC-Santa Barbara    11.725  California      11.9