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Feb. 19, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. – Four South Carolina swimmers and one diver will compete in tonight’s finals at Gabrielsen Natatorium after earning spots through today’s prelims.

In the third of six heats in the men’s 500 freestyle, sophomore Marwan El Kamash made a statement with a new personal record to win the heat at 4:18.60. His time held up as the heats went on and he finished with the seventh fastest time of the prelims to earn a spot in the A final.

Also, into the finals in the event were seniors Michael Flach (2:23.04) and Gerard Rodriguez (4:24.82) who will both compete in the C Final.

The Gamecocks earned their fourth spot in tonight’s finals in the 200 IM as redshirt freshman Kevin Leithold placed 20th with a time of 1:47.08 earn a place in the C Final.

The final spot for the Gamecocks was earned by Cole Miller on the 1-meter board. The junior, who finished seventh in yesterday’s 3-meter competition, ended today’s prelims in sixth with 342.50 points. Freshman Jordan Gotro and senior Andrew Helmich each earned points for the Gamecocks as they placed 10th and 24th, respectively.

Finals begin tonight at 6 p.m. ET with men’s 1-meter diving.

2014 SEC Championships Day Two Prelim Results

Women’s 500 freestyle
39) Cooper Brown 4:54.21
43) Ashleigh Ferguson 4:55.28
44) Charlotte Ward 4:55.47
45) Annika Jonnson 4:55.48
51) Elizabeth Maltby 5:30.00

Men’s 500 freestyle
7) Marwan El Kamash 4:18.60
22) Michael Flach 4:23.04
24) Gerard Rodriguez 4:24.82

Women’s 200 IM
44) Rachael Schaffer 2:05.07
48) Amanda Rutqvist 2:05.64
56) Caroline Bixler 2:09.25

200 IM
20) Kevin Leithold 1:470.8
27) Jared Kauffman 1:48.89
39) Robert Gilchrist 1:51.30

Women’s 50 freestyle
42) Lauren Razcowksi 23.71
46) Rachel Elliott 23.76
50) Taylor Vincent 23.98
54) Caroline Petrone 24.28

Men’s 50 freestyle
35) Jay Warner 20.33
41) Joshua Clothier 20.52
43) Eric Lethander 20.61
44) Michael Covert 20.62

Men’s 1-Meter Diving
6) Cole Miller 342.50
10) Jordan Gotro 332.10
24) Andrew Helmich 260.20