Gamecocks Split at Georgia Tech to Close Dual-Meet Slate
South Carolina men and women combine for 20 event wins.
ATLANTA – South Carolina swimming and diving teams split a dual meet at Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon with the women winning 193-107 and the men falling 153-147 to the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets. The Gamecocks combined for 20 event wins, including three first-place touches by Lionel Khoo and four women claiming two victories each.
The Gamecock women dominated the meet from the onset, taking first in 11 of the 14 swimming events, while the men claimed seven swimming events in addition to Anton Down-Jenkins sweeping the two diving competitions.
While the women’s result was never in doubt, the men pushed No. 20 Georgia Tech to the last event of the day, trailing by just three points heading into the 400 free relay. The Yellow Jackets picked up the win in that event to seal the team victory for the day./
GAMECOCK EVENT WINNERS:
|Cornell, Barksdale, Kinsey, Lappin||200 Medley Relay (W)||1:41.93|
|Kate Sanderson||1000 Free (W)||9:59.27|
|Rafael Davila||1000 Free (M)||9:15.04|
|Fynn Minuth||200 Free (M)||1:38.20|
|Emily Cornell||100 Back (W)||56.09|
|Emma Barksdale||100 Breast (W)||1:02.11|
|Lionel Khoo||100 Breast (M)||54.78|
|Hallie Kinsey||200 Fly (W)||2:02.14|
|Christina Lappin||50 Free (W)||23.32|
|Anton Down-Jenkins||3M Dive (M)||416.55|
|Christina Lappin||100 Free (W)||50.71|
|Emily Cornell||200 Back (W)||1:59.82|
|Kevin Liu||200 Back (M)||1:48.11|
|Lionel Khoo||200 Breast (M)||2:03.12|
|Fynn Minuth||500 Free (M)||4:28.98|
|Hallie Kinsey||100 Fly (W)||55.14|
|Anton Down-Jenkins||1M Dive (M)||369.30|
|Emma Barksdale||200 IM (W)||2:01.19|
|Lionel Khoo||200 IM (M)||1:50.39|
|Novoszath, Barksdale, Cornell, Lappin||200 Free Relay (W)||3:25.47|
– Senior Emma Barksdale remained undefeated in the 100 breast this season, clocking a 1:02.11 to take first in the event on Saturday. She added a first in the 200 IM for the fifth time this season, touching in 2:01.19. Barksdale was also part of the Gamecocks’ two winning relay teams.
– Junior Emily Cornell picked up a pair of individual firsts for the third time this season and helped the Gamecocks to both relay wins at Georgia Tech as well. She swept both backstroke events, posting a 56.09 in the 100 back and a 1:59.82 in the 200.
– Freshman Hallie Kinsey closed her first dual-meet season with two individual victories and a spot on the winning 200 medley relay team. Her 2:02.14 in the 200 butterfly was her second win in the event this season, and she completed the stroke sweep with a 55.14 in the 100 fly.
– Junior Christina Lappin‘s pair of firsts marked her second two-win meet in as many duals. She also anchored both winning relay squads on Saturday. Her 50 freestyle victory (23.32) as her third of the season, while she touched first in the 100 free for the first time this season.
– Sophomore Lionel Khoo picked up three individual wins for the Gamecocks for the first time this season. His 100 breaststroke victory (54.78) as his fourth of the season in the event and second in as many meets. He added firsts in the 200 beast (2:03.12) and the 200 IM (1:50.39), his second wins in those events this season.
– Senior Fynn Minuth added wins in the 200 free (1:38.20) and 500 free (4:28.98), his third and fourth in those events, respectively, this season.
– Freshman diver Anton Down-Jenkins continued his undefeated dual-meet season, claiming first on both the one- and three-meter boards. His 369.50 on the one-meter was a personal best, while he claimed first on the three-meter with a score of 416.55.
QUOTABLE MCGEE MOODY
“We had a solid day today. The women raced strong in every event and dominated throughout the meet. The men took a very good Georgia Tech team to the last relay. Even though we came up short in the last event, we saw a lot of good things from our men. We are ready to race in our invite next weekend and move into our championship season.”
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina will look ahead to its final home meet of the season as is prepares to host the two-day, S.C. College Invitational on Jan. 25-26.
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