Feb. 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina men’s swimming and diving team climbed 28 spots to No. 12 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com Endless Pools Top 25 after a stellar showing at the SEC Championships last week in College Station, Texas.
The Gamecocks, who have 3.93 performance points in the poll, finished eighth at the SEC Championships. During the five-day competition, South Carolina’s men won a silver medal, set six school records and swam two NCAA automatic qualifying times.
“I think this is indicative of the performance our men put up last week at the SEC Championships,” South Carolina head coach McGee Moody said. “When you look at the times and records they set and the things they did, this is just a reflection of their hard work.”
Junior Michael Flach led the way at the SEC Championships, making it to the championship final the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly. He won silver in the 500 freestyle with a school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:15.32. Flach also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly. Junior Jay Warner swam to a fifth-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a school-record time of 47.26, and the Gamecock relay teams in the 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay also set school records.
South Carolina is one of 10 SEC programs in the poll. After winning the SEC title, Florida is ranked No. 1, followed by Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Missouri and LSU. Alabama is ranked 10th, and Kentucky is at No. 21.
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.
ENDLESS POOLS TOP 25Rank Team Points1 Florida 1.002 Georgia 1.373 Auburn 1.634 Tennessee 1.895 Texas A & M 2.266 Missouri 2.377 LSU 2.968 Texas 2.969 Michigan 3.2610 Alabama 3.8111 UNLV 3.8912 South Carolina 3.9313 Southern Methodist 3.9314 Brigham Young 4.4115 California 4.4116 Western Kentucky 4.4117 Navy 4.4418 Princeton 4.8119 Harvard 4.8520 Wyoming 5.0021 Kentucky 5.1922 Stanford 5.2623 Oakland 5.4824 Southern California 5.6325 Denver 5.81