Jan. 25, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – With the senior class competing for the final time, it was a bitter sweet ending to for the group as the finished off their careers at Carolina Natatorium with a pair of sweeps over Queens and Wingate. The men defeated Wingate 187-130 and Queens 176-141, while the women won 182-129 over Wingate and 172-136 over Queens.
On the day, the two teams combined to post the top time in in 15 of 18 events, which gave them 27 over two days. The Gamecocks depth showed up again on day two as the 1-2-3 finishes continued with four more today to collect eight total for the weekend. Carolina also had at least1-2 finishes in seven more races, which gave the group 18 in two days.
The morning saw its first 1-2-3 Gamecock finish in the very first event, the women’s 200 medley relay as the team Lindsay Pierce, Amanda Rutqvist, Caroline Bixler and Lauren Raczkowski paced the pack with a time of 1:45.66.
The women’s team was at it again in the 100 breaststroke Peirce clocking in at 55.80, just ahead of Megan Carlson and Lauren Rosenberg. That wasn’t the last of them as the next event saw Elise Weisert lead the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.99, as Rachael Schaffer and Ellen Johnson came in second and third, respectively.
In total, the Gamecocks swept five events with the men and women winning. Elizabeth Maltby (10:21.60) and Marwan El Kamash won the 1000 free, while Taylor Vincent (24.30) and Michael Covert (20.92) won 50 freestyle in 1-2 Carolina finishes. Weisert (2:18.99) and Alex Vance (2:04.75) claimed the 200 breaststroke while Jean Livingston (1:53.09) and Leithold (1:38.49) claimed wins in the 200 freestyle.
The Gamecocks capped off the day by posting the top times in the 400 freestyle, giving them the top times in all eight relays on the weekend.
Individually, Leithold led Carolina on the weekend with five total wins, with three coming from relays. Maltby (500 and 1,000 free), Weisert (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Vincent (50 and 100 free) each led the women in individual wins as both picked up one on each day.
Prior to today’s session, the Gamecocks recognized their 15 seniors for the hard work and dedication to the program. The group includes Tim Berens, Maryn Bieganski, Michael Flach, Abby Galbreath, Andrew Helmich, Taylor Josserand, Matt Navata, Lindsay Pierce, Lauren Raczkowski, Gerard Rodriguez, Lauren Rosenberg, Amanda Rutqvist, Rachael Schaffer, Jay Warner and Jake White.
South Carolina will be back in action next weekend as the teams head to Auburn on Feb. 1 for their final meet before the SEC Championships. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET.