Swimming and Diving Hosts Final Home Meet of 2016-17 Season
Jan. 26, 2017
Meet: South Carolina, East Carolina, UNCW, Queens and Wingate
Date: Friday, Jan. 27-Saturday, Jan. 28
Time: Friday: Diving- 2:30 p.m., Swimming- 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. (Senior Recognition at 9:45 a.m.)
Facility: Carolina Natatorium
Location: Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina swimming and diving program will host its final home meet of the season this Friday and Saturday as they take on East Carolina, UNCW, Queens and Wingate in the SC College Invitational at the Carolina Natatorium in the Blatt P.E. Center.
Diving will kick off the meet on Friday at 2:30 p.m., with swimming following at 4 p.m. Saturday’s portion of the invitational will begin at 10 a.m., with seniors being recognized prior to the meet at 9:45 a.m.
South Carolina is returning to action after two weeks since their last dual meet at Duke. The Gamecocks took first place in 15 events, but came up short in the overall score. The Carolina men are currently 0-4 on the season, with the women holding a 1-4 record this year.
East Carolina, coached by Rick Kobe, enters the meet with winning records for both the men (5-1) and women (6-2). The Pirates are coming off of two dual meet victories over UMBC.
Queens is led by head coach Jeff Dugdale, who has coached both the men’s and women’s squads to winning records this season. The Royal men are 2-0 this year and have taken first in three invitationals this season. Their dual meet victories came over Wingate and Catawba College. The women’s side is currently 4-0 after wins over Wingate, Gardner-Webb, Richmond and Catawba.
Wingate’s men enter the meet at 1-1-1, with a win over Catawba, a loss to Queens and a tie with Gardner-Webb. The Bulldog women are 1-2, after defeating Catawba but falling to Queens and Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs are under the direction of Kirk Sanocki.
The final team in the invitational is UNCW. The Seahawk men are 4-1 on the season with wins over Old Dominion, Delaware, Davidson and Gardner-Webb. Their only loss was to East Carolina. UNCW’s women also boast a winning record at 6-1 on the year, along with a three-meet win streak. The Seahawks are coached by former South Carolina assistant coach, Jason Memont.
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