Gamecocks Achieve Three New Personal Best Times at Last Chance Meet
Athens, Ga. – South Carolina swimming completed the UGA Last Chance Invitational on Sunday, posting three new personal best times.
The day’s first new personal best came from graduate Victoria Kwan in the prelims of the 400 IM. Kwan swam a 4:07.46 for first place. Her time makes her the 18th fastest in the nation this season. Kwan’s 200 IM time of 1:55.78 from Saturday makes her the 22nd fastest in the nation this season.
The next personal best time came from sophomore Greta Pelzek. Pelzek swam a 1:55.64 to place first in the prelims of the 200 fly. Her previous personal best was a 1:55.99 that she swam during the prelims at last week’s SEC Championships.
Other Gamecocks in individual events included senior Janie Smith who placed second in the 100 free prelims with a 49.26, junior Bella Pantano who swam a 53.96 for ninth place in the 100 back prelims, and sophomore Michael Laitarovsky who touched first in the 100 back prelims with a 45.40.
South Carolina’s final personal best of the event came from senior Patrick Groters who time trialed the 50 free, swimming a 19.85. His previous personal best in the event was a 19.88.
The Gamecock swimmers now await invitations the NCAA Championships based on their times from throughout the season. The Gamecock divers will compete next at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships from March 5-8 where they will battle for a spot at the NCAA Championships.
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Women’s 400 IM
1 – Victoria Kwan – 4:07.46
Women’s 100 free
2 – Janie Smith – 49.26
Women’s 200 fly
1 – Greta Pelzek – 1:55.64
Women’s 100 back
9 – Bella Pantano – 53.96
Men’s 100 back
1 – Michael Laitarovsky – 45.40
Patrick Groters – 19.85
200 medley relay
Laitarovsky, West, Gropper, Shperkin – 1:25.16