Schultz Earns All-America Status at NCAAs
Knoxville, Tenn. – South Carolina graduated diver Brooke Schultz was named an Honorable Mention All-American at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday for her performance on the 1-meter springboard.
In the prelims, Schultz just barely missed the A-final, claiming ninth place overall out of a field of 50 competitors with a score of 286.15. Her placement earned her a spot as the top seed in the consolation finals.
In the finals, Schultz took the lead early and never looked back, finishing with a final score of 318.35 for first place in the consolation and ninth place overall. Her spot in the consolation final grants her Honorable Mention All-America status in the event.
Schultz’s results were a repeat of last year’s NCAAs where she also won the consolation final and was named an Honorable Mention All-American.
Also in the 1-meter competition was sophomore Sophie Verzyl who was making her first appearance at the Championships. Verzyl has a strong showing, finishing 23rd out of 50 with a score of 260.05. The prelims were tight with only 6.60 points separating Verzyl from a spot in the consolation final.
On the swim side of things, graduate Victoria Kwan had the highest individual event finish of the day, coming in at No. 23 in the 200 IM prelims out of a field of 65 competitors. Kwan finished with a time of 1:56.41.
Also in the 200 IM prelims as an invitee was Laura Goettler. The junior swam a 1:59.56 to place 53rd in the event.
In the 50 free, senior Janie Smith swam a 22.29 to place 30th overall out of 61 competitors. Smith’s time was just .01 of a second off from tying her lifetime best.
South Carolina’s final entry of the night was the 200 free relay team of Smith, Aubrey Chandler, Dylan Scholes, and Nicholle Toh. The group combined for a time of 1:29.07. Their time was good for 18th place overall out of 24 entries.
The women’s swimming & diving team will be back in action at the NCAA Championships tomorrow with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals following at 6 p.m. Kwan and Goettler will compete in the 400 IM, Toh and Greta Pelzek will compete in the 100 fly, Smith in the 100 free, Tatiana Salcutan in the 100 back, and Schultz and Verzyl in the 3-meter springboard.For all the latest South Carolina swimming and diving information, continue to follow GamecocksOnline.com or the team on social media (@GamecockSwim).
200 IM prelims
23 – Victoria Kwan – 1:56.41
53 – Laura Goettler – 1:59.56
50 free prelims
30 – Janie Smith – 22.29
9 – Schultz – 286.15
23 – Verzyl – 260.05
1-meter consolation final
1 – Schultz – 318.35
200 free relay
18 – Smith, Chandler, Scholes, Toh – 1:29.07