Trio of Gamecocks Earn Conference Recognition
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina Swimming & Diving has earned three weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference for week three of the season. Graduate diver Brooke Schultz earned her second weekly recognition of the season while freshmen Charley Bayer and Amy Riordan each earned their first career honors. These recognitions mark the second time in as many meets that the Gamecocks have earned three conference honors for one competition week.
Schultz was named the Women’s Diver of the Week following her sweep of the springboards at the Gamecocks’ meet versus LSU. Schultz started her day with a 391.28 in the 3-meter dive event and followed it up with a 336.45 in the 1-meter event. By sweeping the springboards, Schultz individually contributed 18 points to the team’s win over the Tigers. Both scores were enough to qualify Schultz for the NCAA Zone Championships. The graduate has achieved Zone qualifying scores in all four of her dive events so far this season and has placed first in all four competitions. This is her second weekly honor of the 2022-23 competition season.
On the men’s side, Bayer was named the Men’s Diver of the Week, the first SEC honor of his career. Bayer started his day with his first collegiate win in the 1-meter dive event with a score of 363.53. He then went on to place second in the 3-meter event with a score of 334.58. Bayer individually contributed 13 points to the men’s team and earned Zone qualifying scores in both of his events. The freshman has also achieved Zone qualifying scores in all four of his dive events so far this season. Bayer’s 1-meter dive score of 363.53 set a new collegiate personal best, increasing his previous personal best by over 20 points.
In the swimming pool, Riordan also earned the first SEC honor of her career, being named the Women’s Freshman of the Week. Riordan got off to a hot start on the day during the dual versus LSU, winning the 200 free with a time of 1:48.87. Her time is the fastest in the NCAA so far this season. This win marked Riordan’s second 200 free win in as many meets. The freshman then went on to prove that she is fast at any distance, taking second place in the 500 free. Riordan wrapped up her day by helping her team to a first-place finish in the 400 free relay. Riordan contributed to 24 points of the team’s win and individually earned 13 of those.
Schultz, Bayer, Riordan, and the rest of the Gamecocks will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for their next meet on Oct. 15 against Alabama. The Gamecocks will take on the Tide starting at 11 a.m. ET at the Alabama Aquatics Center.
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