SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

(As of March 10, 2017)

  • Currently, nine Gamecock teams are ranked in the Top 25 in their respective sports. Women's Basketball (4th), Women's Soccer (5th), Baseball (7th), Equestrian (7th), Women's Golf (11th), Beach Volleyball (15th), Men's Swimming & Diving (23rd), Men's Tennis (23rd) and Women's Tennis (24th).
  • So far in 2016-17 academic year, 13 of the Gamecocks' 21 athletic teams have earned Top 25 status during at least one point of its season.
  • South Carolina men's and women's basketball combined 52 SEC regular season wins during the last two years is the most in the SEC during that span. It is third all-time in the SEC behind Kentucky (54, 2011-13) and LSU (53, 2004-06).
  • South Carolina was the only school to have men's (13,396) and women's (12,853) basketball programs average more than 10,000 attendance per game.
  • South Carolina is one of 10 schools, and only three in the SEC, to be ranked in the Top 25 in the nation for both men's (21st) and women's basketball attendance (1st).
  • South Carolina is one of 5 schools, and only two in the SEC, to be ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in attendance for men's basketball (21st), women's basketball (1st) and football (17th).
  • South Carolina and Portland were the only schools in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in attendance for both men's and women's soccer. The Gamecocks were 3rd in the nation in women's soccer average attendance (2,729 average) and were 8th in men's soccer average attendance (2,458 average).
  • South Carolina won its 16th and 17th SEC Championship this year. The women's soccer team clinched the title on Oct. 23 and women's basketball followed that up on Feb. 26. Women's basketball won its 4th straight SEC Championship and 3rd straight SEC Tournament title. Women's soccer is the 8th sport at Carolina to win an SEC title. Overall, in their history, the Gamecocks have won 32 conference championships. Carolina has won multiple SEC championships in a single season twice in the last four years (4 times total in school history).
  • So far in the 2016-17 academic year, Gamecocks have been honored 28 times in conference athlete of the week mentions, 16 times in post-season all-conference, all-region or All-American honors, including nine times as first-team All-SEC, and seven times in academic post-season honors. Also, Sindarius Thornwell (men's basketball), A'ja Wilson (women's basketball) and Savannah McCaskill (women's soccer) have earned SEC Player of the Year honors in their sports.
  • A total of 90 South Carolina student-athletes made the 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, placing second among league schools. Carolina student-athletes posted a combined 3.245 GPA for the Fall 2016 semester, marking the 20th consecutive semester of more than a 3.0 GPA for Gamecock student-athletes.
  • A total of 33 Gamecock student-athletes earned their degree following the 2016 fall semester.
  • Colonial Life Arena ranked 4th in the nation's highest-grossing university arenas for 2016, according to Venues Today magazine.

BASEBALL

  • South Carolina is ranked in all six major collegiate rankings (March 6). The Gamecocks are ranked No. 7 by Perfect Game, No. 8 by D1Baseball and the NCBWA, No. 10 by Baseball America, No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball.
  • South Carolina has claimed three wins against Top 25 competition as of March 9. These include two wins over #25 Wright State (4-3, 10-5) and #12 Clemson (2-0).
  • Wil Crowe and Clarke Schmidt (USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award) as well as Tyler Johnson and Josh Reagan (NCBWA Stopper of the Year) are on pre-season watch lists.
  • Former Gamecock all-stars Justin Smoak and Ryan Bordenick entered the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Bordenick played catcher/designated hitter in his four seasons at Carolina (1995-98), earning All-America and All-SEC honors. Smoak played three-seasons for the Gamecocks (2006-08), being named All-America and All-SEC at first-base.
  • D1Baseball.com has ranked the 2016 recruiting class 10th in the nation and 4th in the SEC while Baseball America has the class ranked 11th and Collegiate Baseball has the class 22nd in the nation.
  • Founders Park was ranked third among all college baseball parks in the nation by D1Baseball.com in 2016. The voting was done by college baseball coaches and sports information directors around the nation.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Gamecocks finished the regular season with a 22-9 overall and 12-6 SEC record. South Carolina finished tied for third in the SEC and is the fourth seed in the SEC Tournament.
  • Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell was named the 2017 SEC Player of the Year, while he also garnered first-team All-SEC honors, as well as All-Defensive Team accolades from the league's coaches. Thornwell is the first Gamecock to earn SEC Player of the Year honors.
  • South Carolina was ranked in the Associated Press poll for nine weeks this season and in the USA Today Coaches Poll for 10 weeks.
  • South Carolina men's basketball set school records for overall attendance (241,126) and average attendance (13,396) in a single season.
  • P.J. Dozier was named the SEC Player of the Week for Dec 5, giving the Gamecocks back-to-back SEC Player of the Week honors. Dozier averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and two assists in wins over Vermont and Florida International. His 21 points against Vermont was a career-high.
  • Sindarius Thornwell was named the SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 28 for his performances in the Gamecocks' wins against Michigan and Syracuse and on Feb. 13 for his play against Alabama and Miss. State.
  • Carolina defeated three Top 25 this season. On Nov. 23, the Gamecocks defeated #25 Michigan, 61-46, at Colonial Life Arena and on Nov. 26, Carolina defeated #18/#16 Syracuse, 64-50, in Brooklyn, N.Y. On Jan. 18, the Gamecocks defeated #19/#21 Florida, 57-53, at Colonial Life Arena.
  • Carolina ranks fifth nationally in turnovers forced per game and second in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
  • Coach Frank Martin has been appointed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors.
  • P.J. Dozier was named to the 2017 SEC Men's Basketball Community Service Team. He volunteers his time reading to children at local schools, helping with Meals on Wheels and the annual 8K in 8 Days Campaign for Gamecock basketball.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • South Carolina won the SEC regular-season championship for the fourth straight year and the SEC Tournament for the third consecutive year. Only one other program (Tennessee) has won that many consecutive league titles of either type.
  • The Gamecocks are 27-4 entering the NCAA Tournament and are ranked 4th in the nation in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls.
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Year A'ja Wilson is also on the Wooden Award final ballot and the Naismith Trophy semifinalist list.
  • Alaina Coates joined Wilson on the All-SEC First Team, becoming first Gamecock to earn All-SEC honors all four years of her career.
  • The Gamecocks had an SEC-best nine wins against top-25 teams, including five top-10 wins, with just three of the nine played at home.
  • Junior Kaela Davis was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
  • The Gamecocks have been ranked in the AP Top 10 in 74 straight polls. It is the 3rd longest active streak in women's college basketball, trailing only Connecticut and Notre Dame.
  • On March 10, Dawn Staley was named as the head coach for the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women's National Team, who will head the U.S. teams at the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, if necessary the 2019 Olympic Qualifying Tournament and, if the United States qualifies, the 2020 Olympic Games.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

  • Freshmen Carly Schnieder and Katie Smith earned first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association High School Beach All-America Team. The Gamecocks now have three AVCA HS Beach All-Americans on its roster as junior Julia Mannisto earned the honor in 2014.
  • The Gamecocks opened the 2017 season with a 4-0 weekend at the UNF Beach Invitational. The team beat No. 11 FIU and Spring Hill on Saturday, and swept College of Charleston and North Florida on Sunday.
  • The win over FIU was the program's second ever against an AVCA-ranked opponent
  • For their efforts, the Gamecocks came in ranked 15th in the AVCA's first regular season poll. It is the first time the program has been ranked nationally by the sport's governing body.
  • The team had another first, after number one pair Katie Smith and Katie Zimmerman were named the CCSA Pair of the Week. The duo swept all four of their matches at the UNF Beach Invite.

CROSS COUNTRY

  • The Gamecocks won the Gamecock Invitational on Oct. 4, the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational on Sept. 17 and the Carolina Challenge on Sept. 3.
  • Carolina finished 13th at the SEC Championships, Oct. 28, in Fayetteville, Ark. with Mary Reiser placing 61st with a time of 22:09.9, the top Gamecock finisher.
  • The Gamecocks finished 24th in the NCAA Southeast Regionals, held Nov. 11, in Earlysville, Va. Mary Reiser was Carolina's top finisher, placing 74th with a time of 22:06.4.
  • The Gamecocks earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team nod again for the 16th-straight season, ranking 16th in the country.
  • All 15 of the eligible students made the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

EQUESTRIAN

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 7th in the latest NCEA National Rankings, released on March 7.
  • During the 2016-17 season, Carolina defeated 10th-ranked New Mexico State, 11-8, on Oct. 21, 2nd-ranked Georgia, 9-8, on Oct. 9, and 5th-ranked Baylor, 12-6, on Sept. 23, 10th-ranked TCU, 9-8, on Feb. 12, and 7th-ranked SMU, 7-5, on March 4.
  • Paige Stopperich (horsemanship) and Raegan Renfroe (reining) earned SEC Rider of the Month honors for October.
  • Madison Butehorn (equitation over fences) and Madison Thiel (reining) earned SEC Rider of the Month honors for September.
  • Junior Paige Stopperich won the American Quarter Horse Association's Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation World Championship in November at Oklahoma City.

FOOTBALL

  • The Gamecocks finished the regular season with a 6-7 record, falling in a valiant effort against 22nd-ranked South Florida (46-39 in overtime). The team surpassed all preseason prognostications earning a bowl bid in Coach Will Muschamp's first year at South Carolina.
  • Gamecocks got their first Top 25 win of the Will Muschamp era on Oct. 29 with a 24-21 win over #18 Tennessee. For his efforts in the win, junior cornerback Jamarcus King was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Senior placekicker Elliott Fry was named to the SEC Football Community Service Team and is one of 94 college football players nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy, presented as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service."
  • Sophomore tight end Hayden Hurst is one of 30 candidates named to the John Mackey Midseason Watch List. The Mackey Award is given to the nation's outstanding tight end. He is also one of 52 nominees for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field.
  • Quarterback Jake Bentley was named the SEC's Freshman of the Week for his performance against Missouri on Nov. 5. He completed 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Gamecocks' win against the Tigers.
  • Senior placekicker Elliott fry was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1. Fry hit two field goals, a 48-yarder and a 55-yarder in the final minute to lift Carolina to a 13-10 season-opening win over Vanderbilt.
  • Defensive Coordinator/defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson is one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to college football's top assistant coach.
  • Senior placekicker Elliott Fry was named to the SEC coaches' pre-season All-SEC second team while senior offensive tackle Mason Zandi earned third team honors by the same group.

MEN'S GOLF

  • The Gamecocks wrapped up the fall slate with a 5th place finish at the 2016 Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Hawaii. The team shot 840 (-12), led by top-20 individual finishes from Scott Stevens (T-6, -10) and Kennan Huskey (T-19, -3).
  • Carolina finished second in the Camden Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 22-23, at Camden. S.C. Junior Keenan Huskey placed runner-up in the tournament, with a five-under-par score of 205. In the second round, Huskey shot a 64, tied for the fourth-lowest 18-hole score in program history.
  • Scott Stevens had a career best runner-up medalist finish at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept. 23-25 after shooting 15-under-par. He shot 198 for the tournament, the third best 54-hole score in school history. Huskey shot a 64 in the second round of the Maui Jim, tied for the fourth-lowest 18-hole score in program history.
  • David Seawell, a four-year letterwinner from 1993-96, was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame this season. Seawell was a three-time All-American and All-SEC selection, earning 14 top-5 finishes in his career.
  • The Gamecocks are currently ranked 34th in the latest Golfstat rankings.
  • Scott Stevens is ranked 18th for the United States in the latest Arnold Palmer Cup rankings released on March 9.
  • The Gamecocks have finished in the top five in three of the four fall tournaments they have participated in.
  • Former Gamecock Wesley Bryan was named the 2016 Web.com Tour Player of the Year. His three wins earned him fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season.
  • Bryan had two consecutive top-five finishes on the PGA Tour as he T-4th at the Genesis Open (Feb. 19) and the Honda Classic (Feb. 26). He'll be gunning for a spot at the Masters over the next couple weeks.
  • On a windy final day, Carolina shot the best score in the field with a 279 (-1) in the final round at the Palmetto Intercollegiate for a third place finish on March 7. Huskey T-4th at 2-under for his second top-five finish of the season. Ryan Stachler T-9th for his first career top-10 finish at 1-over.
  • Huskey and Stevens are tied for 6th in the SEC for lowest 18-hole scoring average at 70.00. Stevens is the fifth ranked player in the conference overall, while Huskey is 13th via Golfstat.
  • The Gamecocks have had top five finishes in five of their six tournaments in the 2016-17 season.
  • Freshman Jamie Wilson earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after a T-32nd finish at the All-American Intercollegiate in Humble, Texas on Feb. 19. The Mount Pleasant native led the team with 11 birdies in his starting lineup debut.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • South Carolina is ranked 10th in the latest Golfstat Rankings (March 7). Three Gamecocks are ranked in the top 50 individually - Senior Katelyn Dambaugh (No. 16), freshman Ana Pelaez (No. 27) and junior Ainhoa Olarra (No. 45)
  • Dambaugh is currently listed at No. 7 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings - her 72.65 career stroke average ranks first in program history, and her 71.00 scoring average in her senior season is the 12th-best mark in Division I.
  • Carolina has boasted a top-five finish in each of its last four tournaments dating back to the 2016 Cougar Classic.
  • The Gamecocks earned runner-up honors at the 2017 FSU Match-Up after totaling an 847 (-17), the lowest 54-hole score in school history. Four golfers finished in the top 10 at the event for Carolina, which finished second at the tournament for the second-straight year.
  • Carolina placed fourth at the 2017 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in a field that included 10 top-25 teams. The performance marked its highest finish ever at the event in six appearances.
  • Gamecock newcomer Ana Pelaez has been named the SEC Freshman Golfer of the Week twice this spring. She has finished in the top 10 in both of Carolina's two spring tournaments, and she finished tied for second at the FSU Match-Up after carding the lowest 54-hole score (208, -8) in program history.
  • Gamecocks won the Landfall Tradition, Oct. 28-30, at Wilmington, N.C. with a three-round scores of 859, 5-under-par. The tournament hosted eight of the nation's top 25 teams, and Carolina won the event after firing a tournament-record 280 (-8) in the final round. Katelyn Dambaugh was the Gamecocks top golfer, finishing tied for 5th with a 4-under-par 212.
  • Senior Katelyn Dambaugh finished runner-up at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., shooting a program-best 54-hole total of 206.
  • The Gamecocks earned a 6th place finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Reunion, Fla.
  • Carolina has finished in the top 1/3 in three of the four tournaments it has competed in the Fall 2016 schedule.

MEN'S SOCCER

  • Carolina finished the 2016 campaign with an 11-8-1 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling at #3 Clemson, 2-1 in overtime. The Gamecocks defeated Mercer, 1-0, in the first round of the tournament. Carolina earned its second straight NCAA appearance and the 22nd in the program's history.
  • The Gamecocks were 35th in the final NCAA RPI (Nov. 14) and received votes in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll.
  • Nine Gamecocks earned all-conference recognition from Conference USA led by Danny Deakin, who was named First Team All-C-USA for the second straight season.
  • Danny Deakin finished the regular season tied for third in the league with 20 points (7G, 6A). He was one of only two players in the top-10 of the points list with six assists. He tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals.
  • Junior goalie William Pyle was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in shutting out UAB (Oct.15) and Florida International (Oct. 10).
  • Sophomore forward Bjorn Gudjonsson was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against High Point (Sept. 28) and Marshall (Oct. 2). He earned a second Player of the Week recognition for his efforts against Kentucky (Nov. 4). He was the only player in C-USA to earn offensive player of the week honors on multiple occasions.
  • South Carolina defeated 12th-ranked Kentucky, 2-1, on Nov. 4. The Gamecocks go-ahead goal came in the 86th minute on a goal by Andre Streete.
  • South Carolina defeated 18th-ranked Furman, 3-0, on Sept. 20. Senior midfielder Kurtis Turner was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Furman and Georgia State.
  • Danny Deakin is tied for the C-USA lead in points with 19 (7G, 5A). He's the only player in the top-10 of the league's points list that has five assists.
  • Midfielder Danny Deakin was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team while goalkeeper William Pyle and defender Ive Burnett, along with Deakin, were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Team. Deakin was also named to Conference USA's Men's Soccer All-Academic Team.
  • The Gamecocks were ranked 24th in the pre-season National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
  • Senior midfielders Danny Deakin and Koty Millard were named to the pre-season All-Conference USA Team.
  • South Carolina men's soccer was one of 315 men's teams to earn NSCAA Team Academic Awards for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Danny Deakin was selected in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC with the 20th overall pick in the third round on Jan. 17. It was the club's only pick in the draft. Deakin signed his contract with the team on March 3 and is currently on their 30-man active roster.
  • Men's soccer placed 15 student-athletes on the 2016 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

  • South Carolina finished the season with a 21-2-1 overall record, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, before falling 1-0 to North Carolina. The 21 wins, 17 regular-season victories and five triumphs over ranked opponents in 2016 are all single-season program records.
  • Carolina finished with the top winning percentage (.896) in Division I and ranked first nationally in average home attendance during the regular season
  • The Gamecocks went 17-0-1 in the regular season, becoming the first team in SEC soccer history to go unbeaten in the regular season.
  • South Carolina was listed at No. 5 in the final NSCAA Poll. The ranking marked the team's best finish in school history. Carolina earned the program's highest NSCAA ranking (No. 2) earlier in the fall and spent the last five weeks of the regular season listed in the top three of the poll.
  • South Carolina's undefeated SEC record gives the Gamecocks the program's second regular-season league title and first conference championship since 2011. Carolina is the latest SEC team to go undefeated in league play since Florida's 11-0 mark in 2008.
  • Carolina reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in the last three seasons. The Gamecocks have reached the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 10 seasons.
  • In a voting of SEC coaches, Shelley Smith was named the league's Coach of the Year while Forward Savannah McCaskill was voted the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Defender Kaleigh Kurtz was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Midfielder Chelsea Drennan, Defender Paige Bendell and Goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski joined McCaskill and Kurtz on the first-team All-SEC team. Forward Sophie Groff was named second-team All-SEC and Krzeczowski earned SEC All-Freshman honors.
  • The Gamecocks were the only team out of 334 Division I schools to finish the regular season undefeated (17-0-1).
  • Senior defender Kaleigh Kurtz and junior forward Savannah McCaskill earned NSCAA First-Team All-America honors, while senior midfielder Chelsea Drennan grabbed a spot on the Second Team. Carolina's two first-team honorees and three overall selections both matched the most among all schools.
  • Seniors Kaleigh Kurtz and Chelsea Drennan, junior Savannah McCaskill and freshman Mikayla Krzeczowski were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South First Team, while senior Paige Bendell landed on the All-South Second Team.
  • Savannah McCaskill and Kaleigh Kurtz have been tabbed semifinalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, given by the NSCAA to the top player in women's college soccer.
  • Senior defender Paige Bendell was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the Gamecocks wins over Tennessee (Oct. 23) and Vanderbilt (Oct. 20).
  • Senior center back Kaleigh Kurtz was named the NCAA and SEC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Florida (Oct. 16).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski grabbed SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts against Mississippi State (Oct. 6) and Arkansas (Oct. 9). She was also named SEC Freshman of the Week for her role in the Gamecocks wins against Kentucky (Sept. 25) and LSU (Sept. 22).
  • Defender Paige Bendell and midfielder Chelsea Drennan were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team and All-District 4 Team. Carolina was the only school to be represented with more than one selection on the first team All-America squad.
  • South Carolina women's soccer was one of 577 women's teams to earn NSCAA Team Academic Awards for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2015-16 academic year.
  • The Gamecocks placed 18 student-athletes on the 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SOFTBALL

  • Mackenzie Boesel earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on March 6 after hitting .550 with two home runs the previous week.
  • The Gamecocks are ranked 21st in the nation in team ERA (1.65) through 22 games.
  • Senior Jessica Elliott tossed the first solo no-hitter in seven years with her five-inning blanking of Winthrop in the first game of Feb. 28's doubleheader.
  • Senior Nickie Blue is tied for 8th in NCAA history and also leads all active NCAA players for most career saves with 19.
  • Senior Kaylea Snaer is second among active players in NCAA Division I with 48 career doubles.
  • Carolina has won five games so far this season in its final at-bat.
  • The Gamecock softball team had 14 of its student-athletes make the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Easton Scholar-Athlete Listing. To earn the accolade, an individual needed a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. The list of Gamecocks include Ansley Ard, Jordyn Augustus, Jordan Bizzell, Nickie Blue, Kennedy Clark, Hayley Copeland, Tiara Duffy, Lex Hull, Alexis Mack, Lauren Masters, Kaylea Snaer, Macey Webb, Krystan White and Victoria Williams.

MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING

  • South Carolina finished 8th at the SEC Championships, held Feb. 16-18, in Knoxville, Tenn. Akram Mahmoud successfully defended his SEC title in the 1650 freestyle. Mahmoud became the first male to win an individual title for Carolina in consecutive years since 2000-01. Cody Bekemeyer placed 3rd in the 1650 free as well. Nils Wich-Glasen placed second and won the silver medal, in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Fynn Minuth won the gold in the 500 freestyle and placed third and won the bronze in the 200 freestyle.
  • The Gamecocks are ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest CSCAA Rankings (Feb. 23).
  • South Carolina set a total of 21 school records and 81 personal records during the SEC Championships, for both men's and women's teams.
  • Jordan Gotro (1-meter, platform) qualified for the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
  • South Carolina is ranked 20th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll (Nov. 23).
  • Akram Mahmoud (500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle) and Tomas Peribonio (1650 freestyle) were named pre-season All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com.
  • Freshman Will Riggs earned USA Swimming 18 & Under World 100 for his time in the 200 butterfly. The list of 50 men and 50 women was selected according to their highest 18 & under world ranking in an individual Olympic event. Riggs holds a world ranking of 32.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING

  • The Gamecocks placed ninth in the SEC Championships, held Feb. 16-18, in Knoxville, Tenn. The team posted its highest finish since placing 8th in 2012. Carolina claimed all three diving gold medals as Allyson Nied won the platform diving while Julia Vincent claimed gold in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
  • South Carolina set a total of 21 school records and 81 personal records during the SEC Championships, for both men's and women's teams.
  • Three Gamecock women's divers have qualified for the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships - Julia Vincent (1-meter, 3-meter), Mikaela Lujan (1-meter, 3-meter) and Allyson Nied (platform). Vincent won the 1-meter and set a new school record at the NCAA Diving Zone Championships. Nied won the platform and also set a new school record at the Zones.
  • Sophomore Emma Barksdale earned USA Swimming 18 & Under World 100 for her time in the 400 IM. The list of 50 men and 50 women was selected according to their highest 18 & under world ranking in an individual Olympic event. Barksdale holds a world ranking of 22.
  • Junior Julia Vincent was named the SEC Diver of the Week three times this season. She took SEC honors by winning the 1-meter and 3-meter at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 3, for posting wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Nov. 17-19, and for winning the 1-meter and 3-meter against Arkansas on Nov. 4.
  • With the Gamecocks' 177-123 win at Arkansas on Nov. 4, head coach McGee Moody notched his 100th victory as South Carolina's head coach.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • Junior Gabriel Friedrich was named SEC Player of the Week, announced Feb. 15, on the after defeated Old Dominion's No. 18 Adam Moundir in straight sets Feb. 11.
  • Friedrich is ranked 51st in the latest Oracle ITA Division I Rankings (March 7). He is 7-3 in singles play this year, notching three wins over ranked opponents in the spring.
  • As a team, the Gamecocks come in ranked 23rd, maintaining a top-25 rankings for three consecutive weeks.
  • Senior Andrew Schafer leads the team with 11 dual-match victories and two SEC wins in dual play. He has been the first off the court in singles matches for five consecutive matches.
  • The Gamecocks defeated LSU, 4-3, in the their SEC opener March 3, the win marks the first time South Carolina has started SEC play with a win since 2009.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Sophomore Ingrid Gamarra Martins is ranked 35th and freshman Mia Horvit 58th, a career best and 42 spots higher than her previous ranking in the latest Oracle ITA Division I Rankings (March 7).
  • The doubles pairing of Paige Cline and Hadley Berg came in ranked 27th nationally in the same rankings.
  • Junior Hadley Berg is undefeated this season in singles play, improving to 10-0 after defeating Texas A&M's Tina Bokhua.
  • South Carolina has two ranked wins this season, a 6-1 win over No. 39 William & Mary on Feb. 26 and a 4-2 victory over No. 20 Texas A&M on March 3.
  • As a team, the Gamecocks are ranked No. 24 with an overall record of 9-3 and 1-1 in league play.

TRACK & FIELD

  • Four individuals and one relay team have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 10-11, in College Station, Texas. On the men's side, Josh Awotunde will represent the Gamecocks in the shot put, and Ncincilili Titi will run the 200m. For the women, Natasha Dicks will make her second NCAA Indoor Championships appearance in the triple jump, and Rougui Sow makes her NCAA debut in the long jump. The Gamecocks will also field a women's 4x400m relay team, slated to consist of Aliyah Abrams, Tyler Brockington, Briana Haith and Precious Holmes. Maiya Dendy and Marisa Bellamy are listed as alternates.
  • Freshmen Eric Favors and Alycia Springs were each recognized as SEC All-Freshman selections for their efforts at the SEC Indoor Championships, held Feb. 24-25 in Nashville.
  • At the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, for the men, Michael Wamer was 5th in the triple jump, Eric Favors was 5th, Tye Williams was 6th in the high jump, Josh Awotunde 7th and Ben Bonhurst was 8th in the shot put while Markus Leemet was 7th in the heptathlon. For the women, Rougui Sow was 5th in the long jump, Alycia Springs 6th in the shot put, Taranisha Taylor was 7th in the 60m hurdles and Natasha Dicks was 9th in the triple jump.
  • South Carolina will host the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 11-13 at the recently-renovated Sheila and Morris Cregger Track Stadium.

VOLLEYBALL

  • The Gamecocks finished the season 18-12 overall, 6-12 in the SEC. The 18 wins is the most for Carolina since 2012 (18 wins) and the 60.0 winning percentage is the highest for the program since 2008 (21-9, 70.0 percent).
  • With a 3-1 win over No. 21 Missouri on Nov. 13, the Gamecocks earned their first win over an AVCA Top-25 team since 2006.
  • Outside hitter Mikayla Shields was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, as voted by the league's coaches. She led the team in kills and hitting percentage.
  • Mikayla Shields was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after earning MVP honors and leading the Gamecocks to the tournament title at the College of Charleston Invitational, Aug. 26-27.
  • South Carolina won four tournament titles in 2016 - the College of Charleston Invitational (Aug. 26-27), the Carolina Classic (Sept. 3-4) and Gamecock Invitational (Sept. 16-17) at the Carolina Volleyball Center and the Springhill Suites Invitational, Sept. 9-10, in Statesboro, Ga.
  • Assistant coach and former Gamecock star (2003-06) Shonda Cole was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
  • The team secured its first win at LSU in 13 years after earning a 3-1 decision on Oct. 16.
  • Senior libero Megan Kirkland was named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team. Kirkland was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Team.