Feb. 25, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina junior Michael Flach of the men’s swimming team and junior high jumper Jeannelle Scheper of the women’s track and field team have been named Co-AgSouth Athletes of the Week.
Flach had one of the most successful weeks of his career at the 2013 SEC Championships in College Station, Texas. A native of Annandale, Va., Flach won silver in the 500 freestyle with a school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:15.32. He also made the finals of the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly, finishing fourth in both events. Flach helped set three school records in relay events. In the 800 freestyle relay, he swam the fastest leg (1:34.36) to lead the team to a sixth-place finish with a school-record and NCAA A cut of 6:23.99. He was also a part of the school record setting 400 medley relay (3:11.83) and 200 freestyle relay teams (1:18.88).
Scheper became the first Gamecock woman to win an SEC high jump championship in school history on the final day of the 2013 SEC Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Just two weeks ago, Scheper set her PR and the collegiate leader in the high jump in Fayetteville at the Tyson Invitational and returned seeking SEC gold this weekend. The Gamecock entered the competition at 5-08.75 (1.75m), not missing until 6-00.50 (1.84m). Scheper was the only jumper to clear 6-01.50 (1.87m), doing so on her first attempt. The three other jumpers were unable to clear the height, clinching the gold for Scheper.