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Gamecock Swimming and Diving Falls to Tennessee

Jan. 6, 2017


Men’s Final:Tennessee 160, South Carolina 102

Women’s Final: Tennessee 155, South Carolina 143

Men’s Dual Record: South Carolina 0-3

Women’s Dual Records: South Carolina 1-3

Date: Friday, Jan. 6

Facility: Carolina Natatorium

Location: Columbia, S.C.

Name Event Time
Jonathan Boland Men’s 100 Back 49.64
Nils Wich-Glasen Men’s 200 Breast 2:01.38
Fynn Minuth Men’s 500 Free 4:23.01
Emily Cornell Women’s 100 Back 56.44
Kersten Dirrane Women’s 100 Breast 1:03.28
Emma Barksdale Women’s 200 Fly 2:00.64
Emma Barksdale Women’s 200 Breast 2:15.91
Emma Barksdale Women’s 200 IM 2:01.14
Julia Vincent Women’s 1M Dive 299.45
Julia Vincent Women’s 3M Dive 337.65

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving team dropped its spring season opener Friday evening to Tennessee. The Carolina men fell 160-102, while the women dropped a 147-115 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 1-meter and 3-meter dives, Emma Barksdale took the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, Emily Cornell notched a victory in the 100-yard backstroke and Kersten Dirrane finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For the men, Jonathan Boland picked up a win in the 100-yard backstroke, Nils Wich-Glasen finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke and Fynn Minuth earned a victory in the 500-yard freestyle.

With the losses, Carolina’s men’s team is 0-3 on the season and the women are 1-3. Tennessee’s women are now 5-2 overall, while their men are 2-4 this year.


“Today was a great day. I was disappointed with the outcomes. We lost the meet on the men’s side, and we came up a little short on the women’s side. I can’t be disappointed with how we raced and how we competed. When you look at our men, we had some men step up and race hard. We had a lot of guys today that had their season-best times. Caleb Tosh had never broken 50 seconds in the 100 butterfly, and he went 49.90, which is great for him. His 200 fly at 1:48.81 was a season best. He had a great meet. We went into it down a little bit because we didn’t have Tom Peribonio. Anytime you don’t have an All-American in his events, you’re going to lose quite a few points. That did hurt us, but guys stepped up where they could and raced hard. I was happy with the way they raced. The worst thing that could happen to them right now is for them to underestimate how good of a team they are. They are still a top-20 team in the country. Nothing can take that away from them.

“On the women’s side, our ladies took the SEC runner-up down to the last relay. A top-10 team in the nation and our ladies gave them everything that they could possibly want. I think that says a lot about our ladies. Our divers set the meet up great, in terms of going one, three, four on both boards and scoring a lot of points for us there. Emma Barksdale was a rockstar again today. She has only swam the 200 butterfly one other time in her entire life, when she was 13 years old. The next time she swam it she won it at a SEC dual meet against a top-10 program. She is not just great at IM’s or breaststrokes, she’s one of the best NCAA swimmers, period. I was very happy with her. Our breaststrokers had a great day today. Brittany Oxley and Ana Menendez Nava improved greatly. Kersten Dirrane had another great meet. Albury Higgs had a great meet today. All in all, I think we did well. I hope the rankings committee can see what we saw today. Our ladies are a top-25 team and deserve to be there.”


Jordan Gotro earned two podium finishes on the boards, taking third in the 1-meter with a score of 288.80 and second on the 3-meter after posting a mark of 319.65.

The Gamecock men finished second in the 400-yard medley relay, followed by a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle by Akram Mahmoud with a time of 15:17.29 to earn a B cut.

Fynn Minuth placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.73. He also took first in the 500-yard freestyle after swimming the race in 4:23.01.

Jonathan Boland finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.64. Nils Wich-Glasen swam into second in the 100-yard breaststroke and earned a B cut with a time of 54.16.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Caleb Tosh lead Carolina with a second place finish after swimming a time of 1:48.81, followed by Will Riggs with a time of 1:50.34.

Newcomer Itay Goldfaden placed the highest for the Gamecocks in the 50-yard freestyle when he finished second after a time of 21.02.

Jonathan Boland led Carolina in the 100-yard freestyle as he placed second with a time of 45.88, followed by Patrick McCrillis in fourth after swimming a time of 47.23.

Kevin Liu took third place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.05. Nils Wich-Glasen was the top Gamecock in the 200-yard breaststroke, taking first place with a time of 2:01.38. Jeremiah Bohon came in third with a time of 2:03.96

Boland picked up a second place finished in the 100-yard butterfly after swimming a time of 49.51, followed by Caleb Tosh in third with a time of 49.90.

South Carolina took second, third and fourth in the 200-yard IM with Wich-Glasen in the lead after finishing in 1:50.82. Bohon was next with a time of 1:54.02 and Bryce Kananowicz finished in 1:57.48.

The last race of the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kentucky took the top spot, while Carolina’s top team placed second.


Julia Vincent got the Gamecocks off on the right foot, taking first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 299.45 and first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 337.65. Mikaela Lujan finished third in the 1-meter after scoring 269.00 and Marissa Roth placed third in the 3-meter with a mark of 268.50.

After taking the third spot in the 400-yard medley relay, the Gamecocks took second in the 1650-yard freestyle after Sarah Smith swam the race in 17:03.95. Elizabeth Maltby placed third with a time of 17:13.35 and Megan Carlson took fourth after finishing in 17:19.64.

Heather Merritt led the Gamecocks in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second in a time of 1:50.62, while Edith Lingmann took fourth following a time of 1:51.67.

Newcomer Emily Cornell was the highest finishing Gamecock in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.44 to take first. Kersten Dirrane took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.28, while Ana Menendez Nava earned a third place finish with a time of 1:05.65.

Emma Barksdale swam into first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.64, and Marissa DelGado followed in second with a time of 2:04.22.

Edith Lingmann posted the highest finish for the Gamecocks in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.25, good for third place.

Emily Cornell swam into second place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.24, and Heather Merritt came in third after swimming a time of 2:02.97.

Carolina swept the 200-yard breaststroke with Barksdale in the lead, with a time of 2:15.91 to earn first place and a B cut. Dirrane took second with a time of 2:18.07 and Brittany Oxley came in third after finishing in 2:19.77.

Smith led Carolina in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second with a time of 5:02.68. Christina Lappin was the highest-finishing Gamecock in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in at second with a time of 56.55.

Barksdale earned her third victory of the meet when she took first in the 200-yard IM and earned a second B cut with a time of 2:01.14. Dirrane finished third with a time of 2:04.81.

South Carolina finished third and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay to round out the evening.


The Gamecocks are back in action on January 14 as they head to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke.