Jan. 2, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina swimming and diving team will host Georgia on Saturday at Carolina Natatorium. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. and admission is free.
Date/Opponent: Sat., Jan. 3, vs. Georgia
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Carolina Natatorium/Blatt P.E. Center
Promotions: Gamecock Club/Junior Gamecock Club day and free water bottles to the first 100 fans
The Gamecock men are 16-29 in dual meets against Georgia while the women are 4-26.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The last meeting between the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs was Feb. 2, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The South Carolina men fell 209-85 and the women 203-96.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The second-ranked Bulldog women finished the fall with a perfect 7-0 record while the men, currently ranked No. 3, are 5-1.
SO FAR THIS SEASON
The South Carolina swimming and diving team wrapped up a successful fall season with a pair of third-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The women are 5-1 on the year while the men are 3-1. The men’s squad was ranked as high at No. 18 during the fall.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK
Redshirt sophomore Kevin Leithold and freshman Nils Wich-Glasen set school records this fall in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Leithold posted a time of 53.36 at the Virginia Tech Invitational, shaving .21 seconds of his previous record time of 53.57. Wich-Glasen beat the previous record of 1:56.47, held by senior Alex Vance, by .49 seconds with his time of 1:55.98 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Senior Cole Miller set a record on the platform (6 dives) with his score of 360.90 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
MAKING THE CUT
After the fall portion of the schedule, nine Gamecock swimmers have combined for 26 NCAA provisional cuts in 10 different events.
Miller and junior Lauren Lamendola were named SEC Male and Female Divers of the Week after their performances against East Carolina and College of Charleston.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The Gamecock freshmen put together an impressive first semester as they account for 17 top-10 times in school history and five of the nine swimmers who posted NCAA B cuts.
WATCH OUT FOR WICH-GLASEN
Wich-Glasen has quickly become one of South Carolina’s top performers. He posted the first NCAA qualifying time for the Gamecocks this season, with a B cut time of 1:58.49 in the 200 breaststroke against East Carolina and College of Charleston. Wich-Glasen owns three times that rank in the top-10 in school history. His season-best times in the 100 (54.71) and 200 (1:55.98) breaststroke rank 14th and sixth in the SEC, respectively.
LEITHOLD IN THE LEAD
Leithold is the Gamecocks’ top performer this season in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. He has five times that rank in the top-20 in the SEC this season, including the fourth fastest time in the 100 breaststroke with his personal record of 53.36.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Freshman Tomas Peribonio is the Gamecocks’ top performer this season in both the 1000 and 1650 freestyle. His personal record of 15:18.03 in the 1650 freestyle currently ranks 10th in the SEC while his best times in the 500 and 1000 freestyle rank 15th and 16th, respectively.
Senior Victoria Mitchell is the top performer on the women’s side in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle. Her personal record of 9:57.92 in the 1000 freestyle is the 10th fastest in the SEC this season.
South Carolina travels to Durham, N.C. on Jan. 10 to face Duke and Harvard before returning home for conference action against Missouri on Jan. 17. The Gamecocks conclude the regular season hosting Vanderbilt, Queens and Wingate in a two-day meet Jan. 23-24.