SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

(As of December 6, 2016)

  • Currently, six Gamecock teams are ranked in the Top 25 in their respective sports. Women's Soccer (2nd), Women's Basketball (6th), Equestrian (8th), Women's Golf (12th), Men's Basketball (19th) and Men's Swimming and Diving (20th) are all ranked in the Top 25. Men's Soccer reached the Top 25 earlier this year, coming in at a high of 24th this season.
  • After winning the inaugural Palmetto Series in 2015-16, the Gamecocks trail 5-4 in the early stages of the 2016-17 series. South Carolina has taken wins in volleyball, women's diving, women's soccer and women's golf while Clemson has wins in women's cross country, men's soccer, football, men's golf and the food drive. The next scheduled competition between the two schools is women's basketball on Dec. 15 and men's basketball on Dec. 21, both in Columbia.
  • South Carolina and Portland are 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 are 3rd in the nation in women's soccer average attendance (2,729 average) and are 8th in men's soccer average attendance (2,458 average).
  • South Carolina won its 16th SEC Championship when the women's soccer team clinched the title on Oct. 23. Women's soccer is the 8th sport at Carolina to win an SEC title. Overall, in their history, the Gamecocks have won 31 conference championships.
  • So far in the 2016-17 academic year, Gamecocks have been honored 17 times in conference athlete of the week mentions, nine times in post-season all-conference, all-region or All-American honors and six times in academic post-season honors.
  • South Carolina is one of nine schools to have its men's and women's basketball teams be ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 polls. The Gamecocks join UCLA, Baylor, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Louisville on the list.

BASEBALL

  • 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

  • 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 (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Syracuse (16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals).
  • Carolina defeated two Top 25 teams during the week of Nov. 21-27. 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.
  • South Carolina is 8-0 to start the season and is ranked 19th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. It is the first time the Gamecocks have been ranked in the AP poll since Feb. 1, 2016 (#25) and the highest ranking since Jan. 11, 2016 (#19). Carolina has appeared in the AP Top 25 poll in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Coach Frank Martin has been appointed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • South Carolina is ranked 6th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Gamecocks' streak of 53 straight weeks in the AP Top 10 is third longest active streak in the nation (Connecticut 216 weeks, Notre Dame 109 weeks).
  • The Gamecocks were ranked third in the USA Today Coaches Pre-Season Top 25 Poll. It is the third year in a row that South Carolina has been ranked in the pre-season top three in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • Carolina has defeated three Top 25 teams en route to a 6-1 record, all away from Colonial Life Arena. On Dec. 1, South Carolina defeated #14 Texas, 76-67, on Nov. 27, defeated #4 Louisville, 83-59, and on Nov. 14, knocked off #6 Ohio State, 92-80.
  • Media covering SEC women's basketball has predicted South Carolina to win the SEC. In the same voting, A'ja Wilson was the Preseason Player of the Year with Alaina Coates joining her on the All-SEC first team.
  • Alaina Coates, A'ja Wilson, Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis are on the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding women's basketball player. Coates and Wilson are also on the watch list for the Wade Trophy, which is given to the nation's outstanding women's basketball player.
  • 2016 alumnus Tiffany Mitchell is among 10 exceptional former student-athletes the NCAA will honor as the 2017 Today's Top 10 Award winners at the NCAA Convention in Nashville in January 2017. The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
  • South Carolina director of coaching offensive analytics Melanie Balcomb was selected to chair the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Head coach Dawn Staley was an assistant coach for the USA women's basketball squad, which earned a gold medal at the 2016 Rio 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.

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.

EQUESTRIAN

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 8th in the latest NCEA National Rankings, released on Nov. 23.
  • During the fall portion of 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.
  • 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 6-6 record and will compete in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 29 in Birmingham, Ala. 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 ranked 39th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
  • Scott Stevens is ranked 25th for the United States in the fall Arnold Palmer Cup rankings.
  • South Carolina is one of 11 teams to have multiple players ranked in the top 40 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Sophomore Scott Stevens is ranked 31st and junior Keenan Huskey is currently ranked 38th in the nation and in the latest rankings.
  • 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.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • The Gamecocks are ranked 12th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh is ranked 7th in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and ranked 9th in the latest Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings.
  • 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. 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. The team shot a three-round score of 849 (-15), the lowest 54-hole mark in program history.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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).
  • Carolina earned the program's highest NSCAA ranking (No. 2) this fall and spent the last five weeks of the regular season listed in the top three of the poll.
  • 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.

SOFTBALL

  • 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 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

  • 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, for posting wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Nov. 17-19. Vincent was also named the SEC Diver of the Week 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 is ranked 30th in the nation in the latest Oracle ITA Division I Rankings (Sept. 13). Junior Harrison O'Keefe is ranked 96th in the nation in the same rankings. The doubles tandem of Friedrich and O'Keefe is ranked 16th in these rankings.
  • Sophomore Yancy Dennis won the DII singles championship at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Oct. 8-9.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Senior Caroline Dailey is ranked 50th, sophomore Ingrid Gamarra Martins 55th and sophomore Paige Cline is ranked 69th in the latest Oracle ITA Division I Rankings (Sept. 13). The doubles team of Paige Cline and junior Hadley Berg is ranked 7th in the nation in the same rankings.
  • Freshman Mia Horvit won the Jack Kramer Collegiate Invitational title in Los Angeles, Nov. 3-6.
  • The doubles team of Paige Cline and Hadley Berg won the UVa. Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., Sept. 24-25.

TRACK & FIELD

  • 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.