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March 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — South Carolina junior Amanda Rutqvist wrapped up her week at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday morning with a 29th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke preliminary at the IU Natatorium.

Rutqvist posted a time of 2:11.63, missing out on the top 16 by 1.58 seconds. It took a time of 2:10.05 to make the consolation final and a time of 2:08.24 to advance to the championship final.

A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Rutqvist had another stellar year for the Gamecocks. Her appearance at this year’s NCAA Championships was her third straight. She swam in the 100 breaststroke at the championships on Friday, finishing 31st in the event. She qualified for the championships with a time from the fall as she posted a mark of 2:09.97 to win the 200 breaststroke at the Virginia Tech Invitational. After finishing the regular season with nine individual wins, she scored points for South Carolina in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, finishing 15th and eighth, respectively.

The focus now shifts to South Carolina’s men’s team. Juniors Michael Flach, Alex Fitton, Gerard Rodriguez and Jay Warner and freshman Marwan El Kamash will represent the Gamecocks at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships next Thursday through Saturday in Indianapolis. Flach will swim the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly and will also team up with Fitton, Rodriguez, Warner and El Kamash to swim relay events. The Gamecocks are eligible to compete in the 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley relays.