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Gamecocks Prepped for Three-Day VT Invite
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Gamecocks Prepped for Three-Day VT Invite

Carolina will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the final meet before next month's SEC Championships.

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams get set to compete in their final competition leading into the championship season as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the annual, three-day VT Invite on Friday through Saturday.  Each day of the meet will consist of a morning preliminary session followed by an evening finals session.

South Carolina is coming off of a sweep in its annual quad-meet on the women’s side and a 2-1 finish on the men’s side that saw Gamecock swimmers and divers post 15 event wins in the two-day SC College Invite last weekend.

“This weekend is big for our program,” said head coach McGee Moody. “It sets the tone for our championship season.”

Freshman Anton Down-Jenkins continued to set the standard for the Gamecock divers, sweeping both springboard events for a third-consecutive week.  He earned SEC Male Diver of the Week (the first of his career) for his efforts at the SC College Invite, his second-consecutive weekly conference award after being named Freshman of the Week last Week.

Prelims – 10 a.m. / Finals – 6 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) | Finals – 10 a.m. (Sun.)
Christiansburg Aquatic Center

Friday, Feb. 1

Prelims Finals
200 free relay
500 freestyle 500 freestyle
200 IM 200 IM
50 freestyle 50 freestyle
400 medley relay

Saturday, Feb. 2

Prelims Finals
200 medley relay
400 IM 400 IM
100 butterfly 100 butterfly
200 freestyle 200 freestyle
100 breaststroke 100 breaststroke
100 backstroke 100 backstroke
800 free relay

Sunday, Feb. 3

Timed Finals
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 free relay
1650 freestyle

2019 Gamecock Top Scores/Times:

Christina Lappin 50 free (W) 22.57 (B) GT Invite
Christina Lappin 100 fly (W) 52.98 (B) GT Invite 50
Kate Sanderson 1000 free (W) 9:48.88 (B) vs. ECU 24
Kate Sanderson 1650 free (W) 16:17.76 (B) GT Invite 30
Emily Cornell 200 back (W) 1:55.72 (B) GT Invite
Emma Barksdale 100 breast (W) 1:01.31 (B) vs. ECU
Emma Barksdale 200 breast (W) 2:13.61 (B) vs. Arkansas
Emma Barksdale 200 fly (W) *1:55.63 (B) GT Invite 19
Emma Barksdale 200 IM (W) 1:55.75 (B) GT Invite 10
Emma Barksdale 400 IM (W) 4:08.97 (B) GT Invite 16
Albury Higgs 100 breast (W) 1:01.59 (B) GT Invite
Albury Higgs 200 breast (W) 2:10.44 (B) GT Invite 29
Melinda Novoszath 200 fly (W) 1:58.12 (B) GT Invite
Hallie Kinsey 200 fly (W) 1:58.25 (B) GT Invite
Hallie Kinsey 200 IM (W) 1:58.29 (B) GT Invite
Mikaela Lujan 3-meter diving 338.48 vs. ECU
Karlee Price 3-meter diving 346.13 vs. ECU
Marissa Roth Platform 287.80 Auburn Invite 12
400 free relay (W) 400 FR (W) *3:18.88 GT Invite 30
800 free relay (W) 800 FR (W) 7:17.10 GT Invite 37
800 free relay (M) 800 FR (M) 6:32.91 GT Invite 32
Fynn Minuth 500 free (M) 4:19.44 (B) GT Invite 39
Fynn Minuth 200 fly (M) 1:44.70 (B) GT Invite 42
Rafael Davila 500 free (M) 4:22.18 (B) GT Invite
Rafael Davila 1000 free (M) 9:08.52 GT Invite 44
Rafael Davila 1650 free (M) 15:12.35 GT Invite 46
Cody Bekemeyer 1650 free (M) 15:12.35 (B) GT Invite 42
Kevin Liu 200 back (M) 1:44.40 (B) GT Invite
Lionel Khoo 100 breast (M) 53.41 (B) GT Invite 34
Lionel Khoo 200 breast (M) 1:58.12 (B) GT Invite
Anton Down-Jenkins 1-meter dive 369.30 vs GT
Anton Down-Jenkins 3-meter dive 438.98 vs. ECU

Gamecock Noteables:
Anton Down-Jenkins has been dominant as a true freshman, finishing the year unbeaten in dual-meet events including wins on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards each of the past three weeks. Down-Jenkins has won 12 total events on the season with three runner-up finishes.
– Senior Emma Barksdale swam her first-career 50 free last weekend, finishing with the third-fastest time (23.84) for a Gamecock swimmer this season.  Her 50.61 in the 100 free was the second-fastest on the team this season.
Albury Higgs holds the fastest 200 breast (2:10.44) for the South Carolina women so far this season and the second-fastest 100 breast (1:01.59).
Christina Lappin surpassed her own school record with a 52.98 in the women’s 100 fly at the GT Invite.
– Distance swimmer Kate Sanderson has six first-place finishes during her true freshman season including a win in the women’s 500 free at the SC College Invite last week.
Lionel Khoo has set the bar for the Gamecocks’ breaststrokers this season with season-best times in both the 100 breast (53.41) and 200 breast (1:58.12).
Fynn Minuth has led the way for Carolina in the 200 free (1:36.34), 500 free (4:19.44) and 200 fly (1:44.70) so far this season.

Quotable- Head Coach McGee Moody:
“The athletes that will be representing our program have done a great job this season and we are excited to see what the weekend has in store for the team.  I think we’re going to see some great races!”

Up Next:
South Carolina will now prep for its championship season which will begin with the Southeastern Conference Championships in Athens, Ga., on Feb. 19-23.