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SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

(April 10, 2018)

  • South Carolina is the only Division I athletics program this decade (2010-18) to have at least one Top 4 national finish (championships and/or polls) each in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and women's soccer. No school has had Top 4 national finishes in 4 of the 5 and six schools have had 3 of the 5 (Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford).
  • South Carolina currently leads intra-state rival Clemson, 7-5, in the 2017-18 Palmetto Series. Carolina won the Palmetto Series for the second straight year, last season, 8-7. The Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and is a year-long competition between the two schools in which points are awarded for the winners of head-to-head meetings in each sport. Points were also awarded for highest team GPA and for a food drive during the fall aimed at tackling hunger in their communities.
  • Over half of South Carolina's athletic teams (11 of 21) are either currently ranked or finished this season ranked in the Top 25.
  • Half of South Carolina's women's teams (6 of 12) are either currently ranked or finished this season ranked in the Top 10.
  • Two/thirds of South Carolina's athletic teams (14 of 21) are either currently ranked or finished this season ranked in the Top 50.
  • 19 of South Carolina's athletic Teams (21) have been ranked at one time or another in the Top 25 since 2016-17 academic year.
  • 16 of South Carolina's athletic teams (21) have been ranked at one time or another during the current academic year (2017-18).
  • South Carolina won its 18th regular season SEC Championship this year. The women's soccer team clinched its second straight SEC title on Oct. 26 with a 1-0 win at Florida. Overall, in their history, the Gamecocks have won 33 conference championships.
  • South Carolina won its 9th SEC Tournament Championship when the Gamecock women's basketball team won its fourth straight SEC tournament title.
  • South Carolina is one of two schools (Kentucky) to be ranked in the top 30 in average attendance in seven of the following eight sports (football, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, baseball and softball) in 2017-18 (as of April 6).
  • South Carolina finished in 19th place in the 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings. The Cup honors institutions maintaining a broad-based athletics program. The Gamecocks finished with 832.5 points, which was the highest total in school history. Prior to 2016-17, South Carolina had finished in the Top 25 three times in its history - 11th in 2001-02 (828.5 points), 18th in 2002-03 (701 points) and 25th in 2000-01 (539 points). In the 2017-18 Learfield Director's Cup Standings, as of April 5, South Carolina is 32nd overall and ninth in the SEC with 379.00 points.
  • After the Fall Sports in the Capital One Cup (Jan. 9, 2018), South Carolina is 7th in women's sports, which is second in the SEC (Florida).
  • South Carolina had 82 student-athletes make the 2017 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, placing fifth in the league. Since the start of the 2015-16 academic year, South Carolina leads all schools with 842 student-athletes making the four SEC Academic Honor Rolls (Fall, Winter, Spring and First-Year). South Carolina has led in each of the last two completed academic years (379 in 2016-17 and 381 in 2015-16).
  • The fall 2017 semester ended with the University of South Carolina student-athletes achieving a departmental GPA of 3.230. This achievement gives the department 22-consecutive semesters in which the student-athletes have combined for a GPA above a 3.0. The department named 74 student-athletes to the President's List, 203 to the Dean's List and 364 to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0).
  • A total of 161 Gamecock student-athletes have earned their degrees during the last last 12 months (three graduation ceremonies) - 24 following the 2017 fall semester, 104 following the 2017 spring semester and 33 following the 2016 fall semester.
  • So far in the 2017-18 academic year, there have been three Gamecock squads that have earned national team recognition for its academics - women's cross country (USTFCCCA All-Academic Team), men's swimming (CSCAA Scholar All-America Team) and women's swimming (CSCAA Scholar All-America Team). Seven student-athletes have also earned conference, regional and national individual honors - Megan Overberg, Equestrian (SEC Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Mikayla Shields, Volleyball (CoSIDA Academic All-District), Anna Conklin, Women's Soccer (CoSIDA Academic All-District), Mikayla Krzeczowski, Women's Soccer (CoSIDA Academic All-District), Lindsey Lane, Women's Soccer (United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region), Chris Wallander Ianev, Men's Soccer (United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region) and William Pyle, Men's Soccer (Conference USA All-Academic Team).

BASEBALL

  • The Gamecocks are 18-14 overall and 5-7 in SEC play.
  • South Carolina swept Tennessee in a three-game SEC series (March 29-31). Jonah Bride was 7-for-10 with a double and four runs scored in the series.
  • The Gamecocks scored 15 runs in a 15-7 win over #2-ranked Florida on March 17. The 15 runs represented the most given up by the Gators since a 15-10 loss to a Mark Kingston-led South Florida team on May 9, 2017.
  • South Carolina came back to score 15 runs in a 15-1 win at #9-ranked Kentucky on April 7. The two games match the most runs scored by Carolina in a conference game since it put up 19 runs at Tennessee on April 7, 2013 in a 19-2 win.
  • Mark Kingston was named South Carolina baseball's head coach on June 30. Kingston comes to Columbia from USF, where he led the Bulls to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances in three seasons in Tampa. He guided Illinois State to a 2010 regional bid and a 2013 conference championship. Kingston was an assistant coach for 13 seasons, helping Miami to the 2001 national championship and Tulane to the 2005 College World Series.
  • Kingston has set his coaching staff, hiring Mike Current, who was with Kingston at USF and Illinois State, as the recruiting coordinator, Skylar Meade, who spent the past three seasons at Michigan State, as the pitching coach and Trip Couch, who was an assistant coach at Houston for 12 years, as the director of player development.
  • Kingston also retained assistant coach Stuart Lake, who will be entering his sixth season with the program, and director of operations Tyson Lusk.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Gamecocks finished the 2017-18 season with a 17-16 overall record, 7-11 in the SEC.
  • Junior forward Chris Silva was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches as well as First-Team All-SEC and All-Defensive Team.
  • Chris Silva led the Gamecocks in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounds (8.0 per game). He finished second in the nation (1st in SEC) in free throw attempts (283) and 6th in the nation (1st in SEC) in free throws made (213).
  • On Feb. 17, South Carolina upset #10 Auburn, 84-75, at Colonial Life Arena.
  • During a seven-day span (Jan. 17-24), the Gamecocks defeated two Top 25 teams. On Jan. 17, Carolina defeated No. 18 Kentucky, 76-68, at Colonial Life Arena. On Jan. 24 in Gainesville, Fla., the Gamecocks knocked off No. 20 Florida, 77-72.
  • The Gamecocks finished the season 24th in the nation in average attendance, drawing 12,618 fans per home game (15 dates).
  • On Nov. 13, prior to the Gamecocks' home opener against Western Michigan, Carolina unveiled its Final Four banner at Colonial Life Arena, highlighting USC's trip to the Final Four last season.
  • Frank Martin won his 100th game as the South Carolina head coach in the Gamecocks' Nov. 19 win against Western Michigan.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Gamecocks finished the season 29-7 overall and 12-4 in the SEC and ranked 6th in the final USA Today Coaches poll.
  • South Carolina reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons after making their fifth-straight Sweet 16 appearance. A'ja Wilson was named to the Albany All-Region Team.
  • South Carolina won its fourth straight SEC Tournament title with a 62-51 win over Mississippi State, making it the only program in league history to win four consecutive tournament championships. A'ja Wilson was named the MVP of the SEC Tournament. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and Tyasha Harris joined Wilson on the All-Tournament Team.
  • Senior A'ja Wilson capped her record-breaking Gamecock career by being named the consensus national player of the year. She has earned the honors by the United States Basketball Writers Association, Associated Press, ESPN, USA Today, Women's Basketball Coaches of America (Wade Trophy), the Los Angeles Athletic Club (John R. Wooden Award) and the Atlanta Tipoff Club (Citizen Naismith Trophy). She was also the recipient of the Lisa Leslie Award, given to the nation's top center by the WBCA.
  • A'ja Wilson was named the SEC Player of the Year. Tyasha Harris (2nd Team) joined Wilson on the All-SEC Team. Bianca Jackson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
  • The Gamecocks finished sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.2) and free throws made (549).
  • A'ja Wilson finished fifth in the nation in blocked shots (105), blocked shots per game (3.18), double doubles (24), 7th in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (8.0), free throw attempts (254) and points per game (22.6) and 8th in the nation in free throws made (186) and rebounds (391).
  • A'ja Wilson was a three-time recipient of the SEC Player of the Week (Nov. 14, Nov. 28 and Jan. 30).
  • Tyasha Harris led the SEC in assists (220) and assists per game (6.1) and was named honorable mention All-America by the WBCA. Her 220 assists is a program single-season record.
  • In the Dawn Staley era, South Carolina has been ranked in the AP poll 120 times, including 93 weeks in the Top 10 and 59 weeks since the start of the 2014-15 season in the Top 5.
  • The Gamecocks have been in the AP top 10 for 90 consecutive weeks and are one of only three schools to be the top 10 every week since the start of the 2014-15 season (79 weeks).
  • South Carolina leads the nation in average attendance, drawing 13,239 fans in 17 home dates. The next highest average is Connecticut at 10,026 fans per game. The Gamecocks have led the nation in average attendance in each of the last four completed seasons.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 9th in the latest AVCA Collegiate Beach Volleyball Poll (April 9). South Carolina is 16-6 overall, including 8-5 against nationally-ranked teams.
  • Sophomore Carly Schnieder earned beach volleyball's inaugural All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, which recognizes student-athletes at each NCAA level across 22 sports.
  • Cadie Bates and Katie Smith were named the CCSA's Pair of the Week on March 27. The duo went 4-0 at the team's Gamecock Challenge tournament, highlighted by a win over No. 3 Hawai'i's No. 2 pair.
  • On March 18, the Gamecocks upset No. 7 LSU, 4-1. It was the team's first win against the Tigers. The team also earned its first-ever win over Georgia State on Feb. 23.
  • South Carolina was one of just 19 beach programs nation-wide to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award, and the Gamecocks are one of just three beach programs in the country to make the AVCA's list for three consecutive seasons.

CROSS COUNTRY

  • The Gamecocks had their best finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional since 2014, placing 19th. The finish, ahead of arch-rival Clemson, gave the Gamecocks the Palmetto Series point in cross country.
  • Carolina won team titles at the Carolina Challenge and Koala Classic and earned its first USTFCCCA regional ranking since 2014 and grabbed its highest finish at the SEC Championships since 2013.
  • The Gamecocks were named a USTFCCCA 2017 All-Academic Team. The team finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.74, 10th best in the nation among women's cross country teams.

EQUESTRIAN

  • The Gamecocks led the NCEA with 12 student-athletes earning All-Academic Team honors. On the first-team were Lauren Fabiano, Megan Overberg, Paisley Roberts, Jordan Scott, Madison Sellman, Paige Stopperich and Madison Thiel. Earning second-team honors were Caroline Gute, Chloe Schmidt and Bailey Walters. Making honorable mention were Lizzie van der Walde and Bridgett White.
  • Senior Lauren Fabiano earned second-team NCEA All-America honors in Equitation over Fences.
  • Senior Megan Overberg was named the SEC Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She has a 3.912 GPA as an exercise science major and is a NCEA Scholar-Athlete and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
  • The Gamecocks led the NCEA with 19 members of the APHA Academic Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher. The list includes Raleigh Bacharach, Madison Butehorn, Kate Eagleton, Lauren Fabiano, Emma Farber, Caroline Gute, Sarah Isgett, Meredith Milton, Megan Overberg, Kirklen Peterson, Hanna Powers, Jaana Rasmussen, Paisley Roberts, Chloe Schmidt, Jordan Scott, Madison Sellman, Paige Stopperich, Madison Thiel and Bailey Walters.
  • The Gamecocks earned the No. 8 seed in the main national championship draw at the NCEA Championships, to be held April 18-21, in Waco, Texas.
  • Paisley Roberts earned two SEC Reining Rider of the Month honors, in September and February.
  • Senior Chloe Schmidt earned SEC Rider of the Month honors in Equitation on the Flat for March.
  • The Gamecocks started the spring season with a 12-7 win at No. 2 ranked SMU.
  • Junior Kate Eagleton was named NCEA Standout Athlete of the Month for November, performing more than 100 hours of community service in the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Senior Lauren Fabiano was named the November SEC Rider of the Month for Equitation over Fences. During the month, she was 2-0, winning matches against Georgia and Auburn.
  • The Gamecocks defeated #5-ranked Oklahoma State, 13-7, on Oct. 27.

FOOTBALL

  • South Carolina finished the 2017 season with a 9-4 record overall and a 5-3 mark in the Eastern Division of the SEC.
  • The Gamecocks won nine or more games for just the seventh time in school history. Five of those seven seasons have come in the last eight years.
  • South Carolina posted its 600th victory in school history with a November 18 win over Wofford.
  • South Carolina defeated Florida and Tennessee, two of the big three SEC East rivals, in the same season for just the fourth time. It also occurred in 2005, 2010 and 2011.
  • Two of the Gamecocks' four losses were to teams that participated in the College Football Playoffs.
  • The Gamecocks have increased their overall win total from three in 2015 to six in 2016 to nine in 2017. South Carolina is one of only three NCAA FBS programs and the only one in the Power Five to have a multiple-win improvement in each of the last two regular seasons.
  • The Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC.
  • The Gamecocks finished in sole possession of second place in the SEC Eastern Division.
  • The Gamecocks capped the season with a 26-19 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Carolina rallied from a 19-3 deficit in the contest to earn the victory. It was the largest come-from-behind win in Will Muschamp's head coaching career.
  • The Gamecocks improved to 9-13 overall in bowl games and have won five of their last six bowl games, with wins over Michigan (twice), Nebraska, Wisconsin and Miami since 2012.
  • The Gamecocks finished second in the SEC and tied for 13th in the nation with a plus-11 in turnover margin.
  • South Carolina ranked first in the SEC in fewest yards penalized, surrendering just 38.0 per game, ninth in the nation.
  • Will Muschamp is 15-11 as the Gamecocks' head coach, matching Joe Morrison (15-8) and Steve Spurrier (15-10) for the most wins in their first two seasons at South Carolina.
  • 70 percent of the Gamecocks' roster was composed of freshmen and sophomores.
  • Permanent team captains were Jake Bentley, Hayden Hurst, Skai Moore and D.J. Wonnum. It marked the second time that Hurst and Moore were named captains. Bentley and Wonnum became just the second and third sophomores in school history (joining Hurst from 2016) to earn the title of team captain.
  • South Carolina ranked second behind only Northwestern among bowl teams in Graduation Success Rate.
  • South Carolina averaged 78,586 fans for seven home games, 16th in the nation.
  • Junior tight end Hayden Hurst was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, the SEC coaches and Phil Steele.
  • Hurst was recognized as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his performance against Georgia.
  • Senior center Alan Knott was recognized as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the week for his efforts against Vanderbilt.
  • Senior offensive lineman Cory Helms was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the nation's top football scholar-athlete.
  • Senior linebacker Skai Moore was a first-team All-SEC selection by the SEC coaches and a second-team pick by the AP and by Phil Steele. He was also named second-team All-America by College Sports Madness. Moore became just the 15th FBS player in history to lead his team in tackles in four seasons. His 7.2 tackles per game ranked 12th in the SEC.
  • Senior defensive end Dante Sawyer was a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press. Sawyer led the SEC and tied for the NCAA lead in fumbles forced with five, one shy of the school record.
  • Sophomore defensive lineman D.J. Wonnum was named third-team All-SEC by Phil Steele. Wonnum was twice recognized as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following his performances against Arkansas and Tennessee.
  • Defensive back Jamyest Williams was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
  • Sophomore linebacker T.J. Brunson earned a spot on the A.P.'s All-Bowl team after collecting 13 tackles - including nine solos - and recorded two sacks to help the Gamecocks erase a 16-point deficit in a 26-19 victory over Michigan.
  • Deebo Samuel was twice named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performances against NC State and Missouri.

MEN'S GOLF

  • South Carolina is ranked 42nd in the latest Sagarin College Golf Rankings and 41st in the Golfstat Rankings.
  • Keenan Huskey is ranked 68th in the nation in the Golfstat Rankings and 86th in the Sagarin College Golf Rankings.
  • Keenan Huskey was named the SEC Golfer of the Week (Feb. 21) for his medalist finish at the 2018 All-American Intercollegiate, shooting a tournament record 15-under-par.
  • The Gamecocks won the Camden Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 21-22) in Camden, S.C., with a 12-shot win over second-place James Madison. Carolina also finished 2nd in the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii, finishing seven shots back to champion LSU. Scott Stevens finished 2nd and Will Miles 4th in Hawaii.
  • The Camden Invitational win was head coach Bill McDonald's 21st as head coach, adding to his program record for tournament victories.
  • Alums Kyle Thompson and Wesley Bryan have begun play on the PGA TOUR for the 2018 season. As of Feb. 4, Bryan is currently ranked 75th in the OWGR. Bryan participated in The Masters and is set to defend his title at the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head this weekend.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • South Carolina is ranked 9th in the latest Golfweek and Golfstat National Rankings.
  • The Gamecocks have three players ranked in the Top 100 of the latest Golfstat Rankings - Ainhoa Olarra (12th), Lois Kaye Go (52nd) and Anita Uwadia (90th).
  • The Gamecocks have two players ranked in the Top 100 in the latest Golfweek Rankings - Ainhoa Olarra (18th) and Lois Kaye Go (41st).
  • Senior Ainhoa Olarra has been named to the latest ANNIKA Award Watch List. She is one of 15 student-athletes currently in contention for the national honor, which recognizes the top female U.S. collegiate golfer.
  • Ainhoa Olarra was named the SEC Golfer of the Week (Feb. 21) for her victory in the 2018 Florida State Match-up (Feb. 9-10).
  • Carolina entered the spring ranked inside the top 15 of the Golfstat poll for the third time in the last five years.
  • The Gamecocks opened the spring with a victory at the 2018 Florida State Match-Up. The win was their 11th under coach Kalen Anderson.
  • The Gamecocks placed 3rd in the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. after posting the lowest 54-hole mark (846, -18) in program history. Ainhoa Olarra earned runner-up honors at the tournament with the second-best three-round individual total (205, -11) in school history.
  • Olarra was tabbed the 2017 Spanish Amateur Golfer of the Year in December.
  • Former Gamecock standout Katelyn Dambaugh earned her LPGA Tour Card for the 2018 season after finishing in the top-10 on the Symetra Tour's money list in October.

MEN'S SOCCER

  • The Gamecocks finished the season with a 6-9-2 overall record, recording a win over #13 Furman. Coach Mark Berson's program has at least one Top 25 win in each of the last eight seasons.
  • South Carolina finished third in the nation in average attendance, drawing 2,900 fans in 10 home games. It is the fourth consecutive year that Carolina has finished in the Top 10 nationally.
  • Defender Chris Wallander Ianev was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region Team.
  • Senior goalie William Pyle finished his career as one of the top goalkeepers in program history. The three-year starter is seventh on the all-time saves lists with 227 stops. His 12 career shutouts are tied for eighth in program history. Pyle was named to Conference USA's All-Academic Team this season.
  • On Oct. 30, Coach Mark Berson was honored with the key to the city of Columbia, the highest honor bestowed to a citizen in the state's capital city. Berson finished the season with 500 career coaching victories, just the fourth coach in NCAA Division I Men's Soccer to notch that total.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

  • South Carolina defeated Florida, 2-0, in the NCAA Elite Eight on Nov. 24, earning the program's first College Cup berth. With the win over the Gators, the Gamecocks set a new single-season program record for victories (6) over top-25 opponents.
  • Carolina lost in the national semi-finals of the College Cup to eventual national champion Stanford, 2-0, on Dec. 1.
  • Carolina finished 2017 unbeaten at Stone Stadium with a mark of 11-0-1. The Gamecocks outscored opponents 23-4 in those 12 matches.
  • South Carolina finished fourth in the nation in average attendance, drawing an average of 2,064 fans in 12 home games.
  • Gamecock standouts Savannah McCaskill and Grace Fisk were tabbed United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-Americans. Carolina's two first-team honorees matched a single-season program record, and 2017 marked the second-straight year the Gamecocks have garnered at least two All-Americans. McCaskill became the first player in school history to collect three All-America honors from the coaching organization.
  • McCaskill and Fisk were tabbed semifinalists for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy. South Carolina was one of four schools to boast two semifinalists for the annual honor that recognizes the top player in women's college soccer.
  • The Gamecock coaching staff earned United Soccer Coaches South Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors. It was the second-straight regional award for head coach Shelley Smith and her staff, which received the accolade in 2009 and 2011 before garnering the honor again last fall.
  • Three former Gamecocks (Savannah McCaskill, Sabrina D'Angelo and Kaleigh Kurtz) are currently on National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) rosters. Carolina is one of 18 schools with three or more players in the NWSL.
  • Senior forward Savannah McCaskill garnered Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season, while sophomore center back Grace Fisk was tabbed the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Shelley Smith also grabbed Coach of the Year laurels. McCaskill and Fisk were also chosen as First-Team All-SEC selections, and Gamecocks Mikayla Krzeczowski, Tatumn Milazzo and Lindsey Lane were placed on the league's Second Team. Carolina's five All-SEC honorees led the conference. Freshmen forwards Luciana Zullo and Ryan Gareis and center back Jackie Schaefer grabbed spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
  • Senior defender Anna Conklin and sophomore goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski were named to the women's soccer CoSIDA Academic District 4 Team.
  • Midfielder Lindsey Lane was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region First-Team.
  • With their 2-0 win over Missouri on Oct. 19, the Gamecocks notched their 20th-straight win in SEC regular-season play. Carolina is one of just two schools in league history to accomplish the feat.
  • Savannah McCaskill was selected No. 2 overall by the Boston Breakers in the 2018 NWSL College Draft in January. She became the highest selection in program history.
  • McCaskill, a finalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy, earned her first U.S. Women's Soccer First Team cap after making an appearance in the squad's match against Denmark in January.

SOFTBALL

  • The Gamecocks, 33-7 overall and 8-4 in the SEC, are ranked 11th in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, 11th in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll (April 10) and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 (April 3) polls. This week, the Gamecocks are 9th in the NCAA RPI. Two weeks ago, the Gamecocks reached 8th in the polls, which was their highest ranking since 1998.
  • The Gamecocks are 18-1 at home and 8-6 against teams in the Top 25 (ranked at time game was played).
  • The 33 wins so far this season is just one win shy of last year's total of 34 and the eight conference wins already matches last year's total.
  • South Carolina had a 17-game winning streak earlier in the season, with eight shutout wins. For the entire season, Carolina pitching has recorded 14 shutouts.
  • Senior Tiara Duffy was named the SEC Player of the Week (March 27) for her efforts in the Gamecocks sweep against #2-ranked Tennessee. Duffy had a .636 batting average against the Lady Vols and keyed a USC comeback in Game Three with a home run.
  • Jana Johns was named the SEC Freshman of the Week (Feb. 26) for her efforts in the D9 Citrus Classic in Orlando. Johns his .600 with a team-best nine hits and three doubles.

MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING

  • The Gamecocks finished 17th at the 2018 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. It marked the fourth straight Top 20 team finish for the Gamecocks and ties for the second best finish in program history (2016/Best finish 15th in 2017).
  • At the NCAA Championships, senior Akram Mahmoud placed 5th in the 500 freestyle and 9th in the 1650 freestyle, Fynn Minuth placed 11th in the 500 freestyle and 13th in the 200 butterfly, Brandonn Almeida was 4th in the 400 IM, Tom Peribonio was 16th in the 400 IM while Itay Goldfaden was 11th in the 100 breaststroke and Nils Wich-Glasen was 11th in the 200 breaststroke.
  • Freshman Brandonn Almeida was named the SEC Male Freshman of the Week on Feb. 6. The Gamecock won two events at the Virginia Tech "Technotational."
  • Four Gamecocks hold top-25 rankings in individual events, with Nils Wich-Glasen and Fynn Minuth both holding two top-25 times. Minuth currently holds South Carolina's highest ranking at No. 8 in the 500 freestyle while also ranking 22nd in the 200 butterfly. Wich-Glasen is ranked in the top-25 in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, currently at 18 in the 100 and 17th in the 200. Akram Mahmoud and Tomas Peribonio each hold one top-25 ranking, Mahmoud at No. 19 in the 1650 freestyle and Peribonio at No. 21 in the 400 IM. The Gamecock relay teams have two top-25 rankings: 18th in the 800 freestyle relay and 25th in the 400 medley relay.
  • The Gamecocks earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Team recognition for the Fall 2017 semester with a team cumulative GPA of 3.31.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING

  • The Gamecocks finished tied for 20th at the 2018 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. It was the first top-20 finish for the program at the NCAAs since 2004.
  • At the NCAA Championships, senior Julia Vincent was the Gamecocks top finisher, placing 2nd nationally in the 1-meter and 3rd in the 3-meter diving competitions. Emma Barksdale placed 11th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 400 IM and Albury Higgs was 15th in the 200 breaststroke.
  • Junior Emma Barksdale was named CollegeSwimming's SEC Female Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 30, swimming the second-fastest 1650 freestyle time in school history and also winning the 400 IM in the South Carolina Collegiate Invitational.
  • In the South Carolina Collegiate Invitational, senior Julia Vincent won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions to earn the SEC Diver of the Week honors. She broke her own school record to claim the 1-meter competition.
  • The Gamecock women earned three individual top-25 rankings from CollegeSwimming.com. Junior Emma Barksdale currently holds two at No. 15 in the 400 IM and No. 22 in the 200 IM. Allyson Nied represents the Gamecock divers in the top-25, currently at No. 21 in the women's platform rankings.
  • The Gamecocks earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Team recognition for the Fall 2017 semester with a team cumulative GPA of 3.69, which was tied for third in the nation (3.72 - Grand Canyon, 3.70 - Gardner Webb, 3.69 - Louisville).

MEN'S TENNIS

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 27th in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Rankings (April 10). South Carolina is 16-7 overall and 6-5 in the SEC so far this spring season.
  • Gabriel Friedrich is ranked 32nd in the latest ITA national individual rankings with Paul Jubb is ranked 61st. The doubles team of Friedrich and Yancy Dennis comes in at 34th in the national doubles rankings while Dennis and Harrison O'Keefe are ranked 49th and the duo of Friedrich and Thomas Mayronne are set at 74th.
  • Paul Jubb was named the SEC Player of the Week (April 4) helping to lead the Gamecocks to a win over 10th-ranked Florida. Jubb is 14-2 so far this spring season, including 7-1 in the SEC.
  • Gabriel Friedrich was named the SEC Player of the Week (March 7) after claiming two ITA Top 25 wins. So far this spring, Friedrich is 14-6, including a 13-5 mark playing the #1 singles position.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 7th in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women's Rankings (April 10). Last week, the Gamecocks had their highest national ranking ever for the program (5th).
  • The Gamecocks are 18-4 overall and 10-1 in SEC play. Carolina is tied with Florida and Vanderbilt for first place in the SEC.
  • Head coach Kevin Epley earned his 250th career win at Auburn on March 22 and his 100th win at South Carolina on March 24 against Alabama.
  • South Carolina has two players ranked in the top 125 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings - Hadley Berg (career high 31st) and Ingrid Gamarra Martins (58th). The doubles team of Berg and Paige Cline are ranked 55th, Megan Davies and Silvia Chinellato are at 72nd and Cline and Martins are set at 86th in the nation.
  • South Carolina had a 13-match win streak snapped on April 7 against #12 Florida. The streak was the second-longest for the Gamecocks in program history, with the first being the team's 22-match winning streak in 1979-1980. The Gamecocks also went undefeated in the month of March for the first time since the 1979-80 season.
  • South Carolina is 8-3 against ranked opponents this season, including wins against No. 7 Ole Miss, No. 11 Texas, No. 35 Texas A&M, No. 36 LSU, No. 30 Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia, No. 15 Auburn and No. 48 Arkansas. The Gamecocks held a seven-match winning streak against ranked opponents before falling to #12 Florida on April 7.
  • Paige Cline was named the SEC Player of the Week, announced on March 14, with wins in singles against Texas A&M and LSU.
  • Hadley Berg was named the SEC Player of the Week, announced on March 7, with wins in singles against Ole Miss and Mississippi State and a doubles win against the Bulldogs.
  • Megan Davies was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, announced on Feb. 7, with wins in singles and doubles over arch-rival Clemson.
  • The Gamecocks qualified for the ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship for the first time in the event's current format, which began in 2009, and for the third time in program history. It's also the first appearance in the event in Epley's career.

MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 16th in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Rankings (4/9/18). The Gamecocks are 5th in the Southeast Region.
  • Senior Ncincilili Titi took medalist honors in the 200 meters at the 2018 Florida Relays. His time of 20.36 is the top mark in the nation so in the outdoor season thus far (3/31/18).
  • Josh Awotunde took medalist honors in the discus at both the Gamecock Invitational and the Weems Baskin Invitational.
  • Yann Randrianasolo won the long jump at the Weems Baskin Invitational and followed that up with medalist honors in the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga.
  • Rivaldo Leacock (400 meter hurdles) took medalist honors at the Black and Gold Challenge.

MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Senior Ncincilili Titi garnered first-team All-America honors in the 200 meters with a 5th place finish at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Senior Josh Awotunde placed 6th in the shot put. The Gamecocks finished the meet tied for 21st nationally with 10 points.
  • Titi was named the SEC Co-Runner of the Week (Jan. 23) after clocking a 20.45 in the 200 meters at the Clemson Invitational. It is the fastest indoor time in the 200m in the world this season, the second-fastest time in African history and the second-fastest time in Gamecock history.
  • Senior Tye Williams set a school record in the indoor high jump at the Navy Winter Invitational with a jump of 7-2 ½ (Jan. 13).
  • The Gamecocks signed seven newcomers during the fall signing period. The class features Quincy Hall, who won the 400m hurdles titles at the 2017 CCCAA State Championship, the 2017 USATF Junior National Championships and the 2017 U20 Pan American Championships.

WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 3rd in the Southeast Region in the latest USTFCCCA Team Rankings (4/9/18).
  • Sophomore Alycia Springs took medalist honors in the shot put at the 2018 Florida Relays. Her throw of 51-5 ¾ is a new personal best for Springs.
  • In the Gamecock Invitational, KD Young took medalist honors in the shot put while Aliyah Abrams took the 400 meter title.
  • Gamecock winners at the Weems Baskin Invitational included Aliyah Abrams (400 meters), Shelby Freedman (javelin - invitational), Amanda Murphy (hammer throw), Rougui Sow (long jump - invitational), Hailey Sweatman (pole vault - invitational), as well as the 4x300 meter relay (Abrams, Caitlyn Little, Amecia Pennamon and Precious Holmes), 4x400 meter relay (Abrams, Holmes, Stephanie Davis and Tatyana Mills) and the 4x800 meter relay (Sierra Biber, Kelsey Larkin, Allie Sprague and Allie Mueller).
  • Gamecock winners at the Black and Gold Challenge include Aliyah Abrams (400 meters), Shelby Freedman (javelin) and Hailey Sweatman (pole vault).

WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Junior Hanifah Abdulqadir finished 11th nationaly in the triple jump at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, en route to 2nd team All-America honors. Lissa Labiche (high Jump), Jordan Fields (high jump) and Yann Randrianasolo (long jump) joined Abdulqadir as second-team All-Americans. The Gamecocks finished 54th in the meet.
  • In the USTFCCCA national rankings, Jordan Fields is ranked 10th in the nation in the high jump and Hanifah Abdulquadir is 12th in the triple jump.
  • Rougui Sow is ranked first in the Southeast in the Long Jump while Jordan Fields is first in the pentathlon.
  • The Gamecocks signed four new student-athletes during the fall signing period, highlighted by two-time Olympian Lissa Labiche. Labiche represented Seychelles at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and she's also a three-time African champion in the high jump.

VOLLEYBALL

  • Gamecocks finished the season with a 12-18 overall record, 5-13 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Tom Mendoza was named South Carolina's 14th head coach on Jan. 3. Mendoza comes to Columbia after two seasons as head coach at High Point University, where he led the Panthers to 47 wins and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. In the postseason, Mendoza was named Big South Coach of the Year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southeast Region Coach of the Year for his efforts at High Point.
  • Mikayla Shields finished the season with 429 kills, the fourth most for a single season in the rally-scoring era. She also had 11 double-doubles for the year, the 21st-most by a Gamecock in program history.
  • In the postseason, Shields made the 14-woman AVCA All-Southeast Region team and was a Honorable Mention All-American. She is the 20th Gamecock in program history to earn a spot on the All-Region list, and the first Carolina sophomore since Niece Curry in 2002 to earn regional honors. Shields made the All-SEC team, the first Gamecock to do so since 2013.
  • In the classroom, Shields carries a 3.71 grade point average as a Biological Sciences major and became the 13th Gamecock in program history to make the CoSIDA Academic All-District team (just the fourth as a sophomore).
  • Earlier in the season, Shields became the third sophomore in program history to reach 700 career kills. The others were all-time kills leader Lori Rowe (in 1984), and current associate head coach Shonda Cole (in 2004).
  • Aubrey Ezell's 527 digs are the second most in a single season in the program's 45-year history. She also had 49 aces for the year, a new career high and the most in a single season since 2002.
  • Ezell also became the fourth player in the program's 45-year history to reach 2,000 assists, 1,000 digs and 100 aces in a career. The last Gamecock to achieve the three milestones was Megan Hosp (1999-02), and Ashley Edlund (1995-98) and Jodi Thompson (1991-94) round out the exclusive quartet. She is the only Division I junior with all three milestones.
  • Mikayla Robinson capped her freshman season with 121 total blocks. That ranks third for a single season in the rally-scoring era. Her 104 block assists are the most by a Gamecock freshman since 1990.
  • Robinson made the SEC All-Freshman team, the third-straight season the Gamecocks had a representative on the team.
  • Courtney Koehler's 1,123 assists were the most by a sophomore in rally-scoring era, and third-most for a single season in rally-scoring era.
  • Mikayla Shields expanded her skills over the summer of 2017 thanks to a stint with Team U.S.A. In April, she was named to the junior national team roster, and won gold with the team at the U20 Pan American Cup in Costa Rica. She was also invited to training camp for the FIVB U20 World Championships, but did not make the 12-woman roster. Shields is the first Gamecock to earn experience on the national team since 2006, when current assistant coach Shonda Cole competed for the U.S.A. National A2 Team in 2005 and 2006.

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