Vincent 3-Meter Title & Relays Highlight First Day Of SEC Championships
Feb. 14, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Julia Vincent won the SEC championship in the three-meter and a pair of school records in the men’s and women’s relays were among the highlights in the the first day of the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships. The Gamecock men sit in sixth place and the women are in eighth.
Julia Vincent set a new school record and a new Tennessee pool record when she posted a mark of 400.50 to capture the conference title in the women’s 3-meter dive. The previous school and pool record were set by Courtney Forcucci in 2014 at 392.40.
On the women’s side, Emma Barksdale, Heather Merritt, Emily Cornell and Edith Lingmann swam a `B’ cut time of 7:07.52 in the 800-yard freestyle relay to set a new school record. The previous record was set at 7:10.28 at last year’s SEC Championships.
On the men’s side, Caleb Tosh, Nils Wich-Glasen, Jonathan Boland and Patrick McCrillis set a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:25.18, to also earn a `B’ cut. The previous record was set in 2014 at 1:26.13.
Carolina started the SEC Championships with a eighth place result in the men’s 1-meter dive by Jordan Gotro. His final score was 311.15, dropping from 346.55 in prelims.
The first race of the night was the 200-yard medley relay, where Carolina placed seventh. Caleb Tosh, Nils Wich-Glasen, Jonathan Boland and Patrick McCrillis combined for a time of 1:25.18, fastest in program history.
Julia Vincent showed out in the women’s 3-meter dive tonight, taking first place with a score of 400.50. Vincent climbed 13 spots from her 14th-place finish in the event at last year’s conference meet.
Carolina came through with a school record in the final swim of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay. Barksdale, Merritt, Cornell and Lingmann’s time of 7:07.52 beat the previous Gamecock record by almost three seconds.
- Julia Vincent’s finish in the 3M dive was her best career performance, topping her previous mark of 391.58.
- The Gamecocks broke a total of three school records on the day.
- Carolina earned NCAA cuts in every event today, including an A cut in the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay.
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
South Carolina continues their run at the 2017 SEC Championships tomorrow at 10 a.m.