South Carolina Drops Two Dual Meets with Kentucky
Oct. 13, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving team dropped its season opener Thursday afternoon to Kentucky. The Carolina men fell, 196-104, while the women dropped a 197-103 decision at the Carolina Natatorium.
Despite the setbacks, Carolina had several student-athletes win multiple events. On the women’s side, Julia Vincent won the 3-meter dive, Christina Lappin took the 500-yard freestyle and Edith Lingmann notched a victory in the 100-yard freestyle.
For the men, Nils Wich-Glasen collected two event victories, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes. Akram Mahmoud also earned two event wins, taking first in the 1650-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Tomas Peribonio also picked up a win for the Gamecocks when he placed first in the 400-yard IM.
With the losses, Carolina’s men’s and women’s teams are both 0-1. Both Kentucky teams are now 1-1.
QUOTING HEAD SWIMMING COACH McGee Moody
“It’s hard to be upset when you have a group out there and they’re doing their best to lay it on the line. We had some people that were really, really good today. We had some freshmen that stepped up and did a good job.
“Heather Merritt swam really well today. The times that she put up were really solid. Edith Lingmann, one of our freshmen, was really good on the women’s side. This was the first dual meet she has ever had and I thought she did a great job with it. Christina Lappin had a very solid meet. Sarah Smith was good in her mile today. I was really happy with the women. Emily Cornell had a great meet. She just missed her lifetime best. Maggie Langdale also just missed her lifetime best today.
“We were lacking on the depth. We didn’t have quite the numbers that wanted to take out into a dual meet and race, but I thought the women did well.
“On the men’s side, we seemed a little bit sluggish. We didn’t quite have the pop that I was hoping we would have today. I think we did have some good events. I thought Tom Peribonio’s 400 IM was good. Nils Wich-Glasen was solid today. One of our freshman that took a step forward was Nic Pease. I thought he did a pretty good job today.
“We still have a lot of growing up to do. I think we made some silly mistakes. We have some people who need a little gut check on our team, and they need to decide how good they really want to be. We’ll see going forward. This is not how we wanted to see this meet come out. We’ll prepare next week to try to insure that this doesn’t happen again.”
QUOTING HEAD DIVING COACH Todd Sherritt
“Overall, I think things were pretty productive. We had been working on some hurdles, some basic actions coming into this meet. Some people did them and some people didn’t. We’ve got a lot of room to improve in our hurdles. I think if there was anything that we looked weak in, it was that. So we’re trying to turn that into our strength.
“We had some good performances today. Lyle Markman did a good job today on the 3-meter. He had an outstanding performance. Marissa Roth did a great job on the 3-meter. Julia [Vincent] did a good job on the 3-meter as well. Mikaela [Lujan] coming off of surgery, to even be able to compete this week was miraculous. Allyson [Nied] didn’t have her best day, but she’s been diving great. I really had no issues with her performance.”
Carolina got off to a good start, Gotro finished third in the 1-meter dive with a score of 272.18. Lyle Markman finished fifth after scoring 247.05.
The Gamecock men finished second in the 200-yard medley relay, then came back with a win in the 1650-yard freestyle. Akram Mahmoud won the race with a time of 15:10.80.
Tom Peribonio placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.20. He also took third in the 100-yard freestyle after swimming the race in 45.79.
Newcomer Nicholas Pease finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.49. Nils Wich-Glasen earned his first victory of the day in the 100-yard breaststroke, while teammate Thomas Hang finished third. Wich-Glasen swam the race in 55.42 and Hang followed with a time of 57.70.
Freshman Kevin Liu finished highest for the Gamecocks in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.78 for fourth place.
Wich-Glasen came up with his second win of the day in the 200-yard breaststroke. The junior posted a swim of 2:01.05, with teammate Hang placing third in 2:06.08.
Earning his second win of the day, Mahmoud took first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:25.98. Fynn Minuth placed second after swimming a time of 4:26.78.
Gotro took second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 364.13, while Markman followed in third place after scoring 278.78.
Peribonio was the top Gamecock in the 400-yard IM, taking first place with a time of 3:57.02
The last race of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kentucky took the top two spots, while Carolina’s top team placed third.
Julia Vincent got the Gamecocks off on the right foot, taking second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 275.55. Marissa Roth finished fourth after scoring 239.70.
After taking the third and fourth spots in the 200-yard medley relay, the Gamecocks took second in the 1650-yard freestyle after Sarah Smith the race in 17:05.56.
Edith Lingmann led the Gamecocks in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second in a time of 1:51.55, while Heather Merritt took fourth following a time of 1:51.88.
Newcomer Emily Cornell was the highest finishing Gamecock in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.73 to take fourth. Ana Menendez Nava earned a third place finish for Carolina in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.02.
Marissa DelGado took third place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.41
Carolina took two podium spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Christina Lappin earned first place with a time of 23.94, followed by McKenna Keith in second after swimming a time of 24.02.
The Gamecocks reached the top of the podium again in the 3-meter dive. Vincent took first place with a score of 328.65, while Roth followed in second after scoring 319.05.
Emily Cornell swam into third place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.64, and Brittany Oxley took second in the 200-yard breaststroke after swimming a time of 2:21.11.
Heather Merritt claimed another third-place finish for Carolina after swimming a time of 5:00.65 in the 500-yard freestyle.
Lappin led Carolina in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing second with a time of 56.32. Jordan MacDonald followed in at third after swimming time of 57.13. Albury Higgs was the highest-finishing Gamecock in the 400-yard IM, coming in at fourth with a time of 4:30.89.
South Carolina finished strong in the 400-yard freestyle relay, taking second and third place to round out the evening.
- Sixteen newcomers made their debut as Gamecock swimmers in the matchup with Kentucky.
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
The Gamecocks are back in action on October 28 as they head to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M.