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Swimming and Diving Drops Dual Meets at Duke on Saturday
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Swimming and Diving Drops Dual Meets at Duke on Saturday

Jan. 14, 2017


Men’s Final:Duke 160.5, South Carolina 139.5

Women’s Final: Duke 167, South Carolina 133

Men’s Dual Record: South Carolina 0-4

Women’s Dual Records: South Carolina 1-4

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14

Facility: Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion

Location: Durham, N.C.

Name Event Time
Jordan Gotro Men’s 1M Dive 339.98
Akram Mahmoud Men’s 1000 Free 9:04.93
Fynn Minuth Men’s 200 Free 1:38.25
Nils Wich-Glasen Men’s 100 Breast 53.93
Will Riggs Men’s 200 Fly 1:50.72
Nils Wich-Glasen Men’s 200 Breast 1:57.38
Fynn Minuth Men’s 500 Free 4:23.77
Tomas Peribonio Men’s 200 IM 1:50.34
Julia Vincent Women’s 1M Dive 306.53
Julia Vincent Women’s 3M Dive 373.28
Emma Barksdale Women’s 200 Free 1:49.28
Emily Cornell Women’s 200 Back 2:00.90
Kersten Dirrane Women’s 200 Breast 2:14.86
Emma Barksdale Women’s 200 IM 2:00.53
Lingmann, Lappin, Merritt, Barksdale Women’s 400 Free Relay 3:56.52

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving team dropped second meet of the spring season Saturday afternoon to Duke. The Carolina men fell 160.5-139.5, while the women dropped a 167-133 decision at the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion.

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 freestyle and 200-yard IM, Emily Cornell notched a victory in the 200-yard backstroke, Kersten Dirrane finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke and the Gamecocks won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

For the men, Jordan Gotro won the 1-meter dive, Akram Mahmoud finished first in the 1000-yard freestyle, Fynn Minuth took the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, Nils Wich-Glasen won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, Will Riggs finished first in the 200-yard butterfly and Tomas Peribonio took the 200-yard IM.

In addition to the 14 first place finishes by Carolina, three Gamecocks broke pool records. Nils Wich-Glasen set the new pool record in the 200-yard breast with his time of 1:57.38. The previous best was 1:58.91 set by Wich-Glasen in 2015. Fynn Minuth broke the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle with his time of 4:23.77, which was set by Clemson’s Neil Brophy in 1983 at 4:27.79. Emma Barksdale also set a new pool record in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:00.53. The previous record was 2:02.00 set by Duke’s Leah Goldman in 2015.

With the losses, Carolina’s men’s team is 0-4 on the season and the women are 1-4. Duke’s men’s and women’s team are now both 5-1 on the season.


“Today was one of the toughest losses I have had as a coach. I felt our team fought hard. We broke three pool records, and normally when you race like that you are going to come out on top. I am proud of the effort put forth by a great group of young people.”


“Today went really well. Duke has great diving, and it is difficult to pick up because of the lighting. It’s pretty dark in there. I was really happy how everyone adapted and performed. Julia [Vincent] put in another great performance, winning both boards and reaching her highest score of the year in the three-meter.

“Mikaela Lujan had a solid performance in the one-meter, finishing third. Jordan [Gotro] had some hurdle issues that cost him in the three-meter. Overall, coming out of this meet winning three of the four diving events is strong for this team. We still have some adjustments to make, but they will be ready for SEC Championships.”


Jordan Gotro earned a podium finish on the 1-meter board, taking first with a score of 339.98 and earning a zone diving standard mark.

The Gamecock men finished third in the 200-yard medley relay, then came back with a first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle by Akram Mahmoud with a time of 9:04.93 and a second-place finish by Cody Bekemeyer after swimming a time of 9:05.02.

Fynn Minuth placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.25, and Tomas Peribonio finishing next in second with a time of 1:38.74.

Jonathan Boland tied for second in the 100-yard backstroke after swimming a time of 48.92. Nils Wich-Glasen swam his way into a B cut time of 53.93 to finish first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Will Riggs lead Carolina with a first place finish after swimming a time of 1:50.72, followed by Caleb Tosh in second with a time of 1:50.85.

Patrick McCrillis placed the highest for the Gamecocks in the 50-yard freestyle when he finished third after a time of 21.16. Boland earned his second podium finish when he swam into second place in the 100-yard freestyle after a time of 46.02.

Peribonio finished second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:49.15 and Kevin Liu followed in third at 1:50.57.

Wich-Glasen was the top Gamecock in the 200-yard breaststroke, taking first place with a time of 1:57.38 to earn his second B cut of the day.

South Carolina swept the 500-yard freestyle with Minuth, Mahmoud and Bekemeyer taking the top three spots. Minuth finished first with a time of 4:23.77, good enough for a B cut, while Mahmoud followed at4:30.41 and Bekemeyer at 4:30.52.

Boland finished third in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 49.57. The Gamecocks then went on to sweep the 200-yard IM with Peribonio in the lead, followed by Wich-Glasen and Bekemeyer. Peribonio swam into first with a time of 1:50.34, Wich-Glasen came in second at 1:51.57 and Bekemeyer in third at 1:52.03.

The last race of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay. Duke took the top two spots, while Carolina finished in third and fourth.


Julia Vincent got the Gamecocks off on the right foot, taking first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 306.53 and first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 373.28, which is a season best. Mikaela Lujan finished third in the 1-meter after scoring 281.80.

After taking the third spot in the 200-yard medley relay, the Gamecocks took second in the 1000-yard freestyle after Sarah Smith swam the race in 10:14.83. Elizabeth Maltby placed third with a time of 10:18.92 and Megan Carlson took fourth after finishing in 10:21.85.

Emma Barksdale led the Gamecocks in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing first in a time of 1:49.28, while Heather Merritt took third following a time of 1:51.17.

Newcomer Emily Cornell was the highest finishing Gamecock in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.56 to take third. Kersten Dirrane took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.71, while Albury Higgs earned a third place finish with a time of 1:05.89.

Marissa DelGado swam into third place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.27. Christina Lappin finished highest for Carolina in the 50-yard freestyle at third place in a time of 23.92.

Emma Barksdale posted the highest finish for the Gamecocks in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.02, good for second place.

Emily Cornell swam into first place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.90, followed by another first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke by Dirrane with a time of 2:14.86, good for a B cut. Higgs finished in third with a time of 2:22.23.

Merritt led Carolina in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second with a time of 4:58.20. Christina Lappin was the highest-finishing Gamecock in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in at fifth with a time of 56.26.

Barksdale earned her second victory of the meet when she took first in the 200-yard IM and earned a second B cut with a time of 2:00.53.

South Carolina finished first and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay to round out the evening.


The Gamecocks are back in action on January 27 and 28 as they host East Carolina, Queens, Wingate and UNCW in the SC Collegiate Invitational at the Carolina Natatorium.