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Gamecocks Send Five Student-Athletes to NCAA Women's Championships
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Gamecocks Send Five Student-Athletes to NCAA Women's Championships

March 15, 2017

MEET INFO

Meet: NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Dates: March 15-18, 2017

Facility: IU Natatorium

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

LAST TIME OUT
Date Event Result
Feb. 14-18 SEC Championships (M) 8th
Feb. 14-18 SEC Championships (W) 9th
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time
March 22-25 Men’s NCAA Championships All Day

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving program embarks on the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, to be held March 15-18 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Indiana Sports Corp will serve as co-hosts. Five Gamecocks will take part in the NCAA Women’s Championships: Emma Barksdale, Kersten Dirrane, Mikaela Lujan, Allyson Nied and Julia Vincent.

The Gamecocks are idle on the first day of the NCAA Championships but have participants on each of the final three days. Barksdale (200-yard IM) and Lujan and Vincent (1-meter dive) are in action on Thursday, March 16, while Barksdale (400-yard IM), Dirrane (100-yard breaststroke) and Lujan and Vincent (3-meter dive) will compete on Friday, March 17 and Barksdale and Dirrane (200-yard breaststroke) and Nied (platform dive) take part on Saturday, March 18.

Swimming prelims begin each day at 10 a.m., while diving prelims start at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. The diving consolation finals begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of diving prelims, while swimming and diving finals start at 6 p.m. each day.

Updated schedules, psych sheets, live results and live video links can be found by visiting the Tournament Central page at IndianaSportsCorp.org. ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and IndianaSportsCorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour broadcast via tape delay at 7 p.m. EST, Tuesday, March 28. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.

GAMECOCK HISTORY AT THE NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Barksdale, Nied and Vincent are the three Gamecocks who are back at the NCAA Championships after qualifying for the national meet in 2016. Then a sophomore, Vincent brought home the first All-America honor of her collegiate career by finishing fourth on the 1-meter springboard. She also placed 26th in the 3-meter dive. Nied garnered All-America laurels after finishing 16th on the platform.

The Gamecocks have produced 69 different Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans who have combined to win 265 All-America laurels. Allison Brennan captured an NCAA Championship in 1-meter diving in 2004, Carolina’s lone national title. Swimming alum Nancy Nitardy (1978-80) is Carolina’s all-time leader with 18 All-America selections across eight different events in a three-year stretch. Nitardy’s teammate, Mary Ellen Breen (1978-80) collected 14 All-America selections, and Charlotte Hamilton (1977-79) was a 13-time All-American.

Carolina also recorded another Women’s All-American in Lauren Lamendola last year as she finished 15th in the 1-meter springboard. The Gamecocks wrapped up the 2016 NCAA Championships with three All-American honorees.

A LOOK BACK

South Carolina’s two NCAA Championships swimmers both swam personal bests at the 2017 SEC Championships. Barksdale set school records in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:56.65 and 400-yard IM with a time of 4:06.07. Barksdale’s time in the 400 IM ranks 14th in the nation, while her time in the 200-yard IM comes in at No. 25 heading into the NCAAs. Dirrane’s 2:08.58 time in the 200-yard breaststroke is the 17th fastest time in the nation, while her time of 1:00.59 in the 100-yard breaststroke sits at 48th.

The Carolina divers had to earn their way to nationals through the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, held March 6-8 at Auburn. Vincent qualified for NCAAs by placing first in the 1-meter and seventh in the 3-meter. Lujan placed third in the 1-meter and eleventh in the 3-meter, while Nied finished first on the platform.

GAMECOCK MEN PREP FOR NATIONALS

Ten members of the South Carolina Men’s Swimming and Diving program will take part in the NCAA Championships, March 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind. The list includes swimmers Cody Bekemeyer, Fynn Minuth, Akram Mahmoud, Tomas Peribonio, Nils Wich-Glasen, Jonathan Boland, Patrick McCrillis, Caleb Tosh and Jack Smith and diver Jordan Gotro.

GAMECOCKS EXCEL AT SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Gamecocks notched nine podium spots at the SEC Championships and combined to break 21 school records. Carolina also recorded a total of 80 personal best times over the course of the week. The women also posted their highest finish (ninth) since the team finished eighth in 2012.

UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA

South Carolina’s men take the NCAA Championships stage one week after the women, with the 2017 Men’s Championships scheduled for March 22-25 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.