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Mahmoud, Wich-Glasen and Bekemeyer Shine on Final Day of SEC Championships
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Mahmoud, Wich-Glasen and Bekemeyer Shine on Final Day of SEC Championships

Feb. 18, 2017

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Meet: 2017 SEC Championships ââ’¬” Day 5

Date: Feb. 18, 2017

Facility: Jones Aquatic Center

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Place Team Points
1. Florida 1271.5
2. Georgia 985
3. Auburn 925.5
4. Alabama 897
5. Missouri 771
6. Tennessee 770.5
7. Texas A&M 759
8. South Carolina 696
9. LSU 641
10. Kentucky 481.5
Place Team Points
1. Texas A&M 1304
2. Georgia 1113
3. Kentucky 938
4. Tennessee 855
5. Auburn 849
6. Missouri 786
7. Florida 624
8. LSU 550
9. South Carolina 505
10. Alabama 464
11. Arkansas 284 12. Vanderbilt 104
Name Event Finals Time
Kersten Dirrane Women’s 200 Breast 4th ââ’¬” 2:08.58
Emily Cornell Women’s 200 Back 15th ââ’¬” 1:56.58
Sarah Smith Women’s 1650 Free 16th ââ’¬” 16:26.86
Vay, Barksdale, Merritt, Lingmann Women’s 400 Free Relay 10th ââ’¬” 3:19.31
Akram Mahmoud Men’s 1650 Free 1st ââ’¬” 14:38.91
Cody Bekemeyer Men’s 1650 Free 3rd ââ’¬” 14:19.09
Nils Wich-Glasen Men’s 200 Breast 2nd ââ’¬” 1:52.41
Bryce Kananowicz Men’s 200 Back 21st ââ’¬” 1:44.98
Jonathan Boland Men’s 100 Free 15th ââ’¬” 43.84
Jordan Gotro Men’s Platform 7th ââ’¬” 386.05
Boland, Peribonio, Wich-Glasen, Lingmann Men’s 400 Free Relay 10th ââ’¬” 2:55.70

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Akram Mahmoud, Nils Wich-Glasen and Cody Bekemeyer put on a show for South Carolina on the final day of the 2017 SEC Championships. Mahmoud defended his SEC title in the 1650-yard freestyle and is going home with the gold for the second consecutive year.

Wich-Glasen earned his second silver medal of the meet as he took second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:52.41. His time set a new school record, topping the record he set in 2015 of 1:52.60. Bekemeyer also took home some hardware as he finished third in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:49.09.

On the women’s side, Kersten Dirrane had the best finish for Carolina when she took fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke, setting a new personal best with a time of 2:08.58.


South Carolina started the final day of competition with four Gamecocks in the 1650-yard freestyle. Following Mahmoud and Bekemeyer’s medal-winning performances, Tomas Peribonio finished in eighth place with a time of 14:56.77 and Travis Morrin took 31st with a time of 15:33.91.

Bryce Kananowicz was the lone Gamecock in the 200-yard backstroke final and finished with a time of 1:44.98, good for 21st overall. Jonathan Boland also was the sole representative of Carolina in the 100-yard freestyle. He set a PR in the prelims with a time of 43.67 and took 15th overall with a time of 43.84.

Joining Wich-Glasen in the 200-yard breaststroke, Jeremiah Bohon came in 20th with a time of 1:58.81 and Thomas Hang finished at 23rd in 2:00.16. Jordan Gotro made an appearance in the platform finals tonight, setting a new school record and taking seventh with a score of 386.05.

The Gamecocks wrapped up the evening with the 400-yard freestyle relay. The group made up of Boland, Peribonio, Wich-Glasen and Patrick McCrillis finished the race in 10th place with a time of 2:55.70.


Three Gamecocks started the night off with the 1650-yard freestyle, with each one setting a new personal record. Smith led Carolina with a time of 16:26.86 for 16th overall, Elizabeth Maltby followed at 16:39.23 for 21st and Megan Carlson took 22nd with a time of 16:42.28.

Emily Cornell and Heather Merritt represented the Gamecocks in the 200-yard backstroke, where Cornell finished 15th with a time of 1:56.58 and Merritt posted a time of 1:58.47, good for 24th place.

Dirrane was in good company in the 200-yard breaststroke as Albury Higgs and Emma Barksdale each competed in the finals. Higgs earned 13th place with a time of 2:11.49, while Barksdale finished first in the C final with a time of 2:11.30, good for 17th overall.

Setting another school record for South Carolina, Meredith Vay, Edith Lingmann, Barksdale and Merritt finished 10th in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:19.31.


  • Akram Mahmoud became the first mal to win an individual SEC title in consecutive years since 2000-01 (Zsolt Gaspar).
  • The women’s side posted it’s highest finish with ninth place since the team finished eighth in 2012.
  • Carolina set a total of 21 school records and 81 personal records throughout the course of the meet.