Minuth Wins Bronze in 200 Free, Record Efforts Highlight Third Day of SEC Championships
Feb. 16, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Fynn Minuth captured the bronze medal in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and four school records fell to wrap up another successful day for the Gamecocks at the 2017 SEC Championships.
South Carolina’s men end the day in seventh place with 380 points, while the women remain in ninth with 248 points.
On the men’s side, Minuth earned his second medal of the week when he posted a new personal record and school record in the 200-yard free to finish third with a time of 1:33.67, just .49 seconds shy of first place.
On the women’s side, Emma Barksdale and Christina Lappin stole the show as they each set new school records twice in their respective events.
Carolina started the second day of competition with three Gamecocks in the 400-yard IM. Peribonio represented South Carolina in the A final, Cody Bekemeyer swam in the B final and Jack Smith competed in the B final. Peribonio took fifth place overall with a time of 3:43.45, just .25 seconds shy of his PR and school record. Bekemeyer finished 12th with a time of 3:36.36 and a new PR. Smith also set a new PR with a time of 3:45.83, good for 17th place.
Jonathan Boland posted a time 47.01 in the 100-yard fly prelims then set a new school record with a time of 46.33 in a swim-off to advance to the B final. Boland finished 14th overall with a time of 46.82 in the B final.
The Gamecocks wrapped up the evening with Minuth’s performance in the 200-yard free. He broke an eight-year-old school record that was set by Kyle Cormier in 2009 at 1:34.09.
Emma Barksdale kicked off the night for the Gamecocks as she was the lone representative in the 400-yard IM. Barksdale set a new school record with a time of 4:08.28, then turned around to break it again in the finals with a time of 4:06.07, good for fourth place.
Also breaking two school records in the same day, Christina Lappin posted a time of 54.07 in the 100-yard fly prelims only to post a time of 53.74 in the finals to earn 19th overall.
Heather Merritt was the sole Gamecock in the 200-yard free. Setting a new PR and finishing 14th overall, Merritt posted a time of 1:46.87 in prelims and a final’s time of 1:47.37.
- Fynn Minuth’s third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle was his best career performance.
- The Gamecocks broke a total of four school records on the day.
- Carolina set a total of 15 personal records on day three of the conference meet.
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
South Carolina continues their run at the 2017 SEC Championships tomorrow at 10 a.m.