Athletics

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

(Final 2016-17)

  • Eleven Gamecock teams finished the season in the Top 25 in their respective sports (highest finish between rankings and/or championship finishes) - Women's Basketball (National Champions), Men's Basketball (T3rd), Women's Soccer (5th), Equestrian (T5th), Beach Volleyball (T7th), Women's Tennis (T9th), Women's Golf (10th), Men's Swimming & Diving (15th), Softball (T25th), Men's Tennis (21st) and Women's Indoor Track & Field (T25th).
  • South Carolina is the only Division I athletics program this decade to have at least one Top 4 national finish (championships and/or polls) each in football, men's and women's basketball and baseball.
  • South Carolina finished in 21st place in the Learfield Directors' Cup Standings. The Gamecocks accumulated 832.5 points this season in the Learfield Cup. These points are accumulated based on the following finishes for USC in the 2016-17 season:

    • Women's Basketball — 100 points, (National Champions)
    • Men's Basketball — 83.0 points, Final Four (NCAA Tournament)
    • Women's Soccer — 73.0 points, Elite Eight (NCAA Tournament)
    • Women's Golf — 67.5 points, 10th (NCAA Championship)
    • Women's Tennis — 64.0 points, Sweet 16 (NCAA Tournament)
    • Men's Swimming & Diving — 60.0 points, 15th (NCAA Championship)
    • Men's Soccer — 50.0 points, Round of 32 (NCAA Tournament)
    • Softball — 50.0 points, Regional Finalists (NCAA Tournament)
    • Men's Tennis — 50.0 points, Round of 32 (NCAA Tournament)
    • Women's Indoor T&F — 48.5 points, 25th (NCAA Championship)
    • Men's Outdoor T&F — 24.5 points, 49th (NCAA Championship)
    • Women's Swimming & Diving — 36.0 points, 38th (NCAA Championship)
    • Men's Indoor T&F — 35.5 points, 36th (NCAA Championship)
    • Football — 25.0 points (Post-season Bowl Game)
    • Beach Volleyball — 25.0 points, 7th (NCAA Championship)
    • Men's Golf — 22.5 points, 9th (NCAA Regionals)
    • Women's Outdoor T&F — 18.0 points, 52nd (NCAA Championship)

  • South Carolina won the Palmetto Series for the second straight year, edging intra-state rival Clemson, 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.
  • South Carolina's double Final Four this year in men's and women's basketball is only the 13th time in NCAA history and the third time in SEC history that this feat has been accomplished.
  • In the 8 sports in which South Carolina competes that the NCAA keeps attendance statistics, South Carolina finished in the Top 25 in seven sports (average attendance), most of any school in the country. South Carolina led the nation in women's basketball and was 3rd in women's soccer, 5th in baseball, 8th in men's soccer, 11th in softball, 17th in football and 21st in men's basketball. Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas A&M placed in the Top 25 in six of the eight sports.
  • Five South Carolina athletics teams have made the Elite 8 in NCAA Championships during the last 12 months: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf and women's soccer.
  • 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 each 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 Championships 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).
  • Sindarius Thornwell (men's basketball), A'ja Wilson (women's basketball), Savannah McCaskill (women's soccer-offensive) and Kaleigh Kurtz (women's soccer-defensive) earned SEC Player of the Year honors in their sports.
  • A total of 379 South Carolina student-athletes made the 2016-17 SEC Academic Honor Rolls, tops among league schools (90-Fall, 78-Winter, 118-Spring, 93-First Year). Alabama was 2nd at 372 and Kentucky 3rd at 339. Carolina student-athletes posted a combined 3.23 GPA for the Spring 2017 semester, marking the 21st consecutive semester of more than a 3.0 GPA for Gamecock student-athletes.
  • A total of 104 Gamecock student-athletes earned their degree following the 2017 spring semester while 33 graduated 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

  • On June 30, Mark Kingston was named the 30th head coach in the history of South Carolina baseball. Kingston comes to Carolina following a three-year stint as head coach at South Florida. He was also the head coach at Illinois State for five seasons. He has also been an assistant at Miami, Tulane and Purdue. Kingston owns a career mark of 253-180-1 in eight seasons as a head coach, with three NCAA appearances in that eight-year span.
  • South Carolina finished the season 35-25 with a 13-17 record in the SEC. Carolina advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 SEC Tournament, the school's first appearance in the semifinals since the 2007 season.
  • Junior third baseman Jonah Bride and freshman outfielder Carlos Cortes were named to the 2017 SEC All-Tournament Team.
  • South Carolina has claimed 13 wins against Top 25 competition in 2017. These include two wins over #25 Wright State (4-3, 10-5), #6/#10 Kentucky (5-1, 3-1)), #9 Florida (4-2), #12 Clemson (2-0), #10 Auburn (7-0), #11 LSU (3-2), #13 Mississippi State (6-1), #21 Vanderbilt (6-1), #24 Tennessee (7-1, 6-4, 10-2).
  • South Carolina's 3.85 ERA in SEC games was third in the conference. The Gamecocks had 225 strikeouts in 243.0 innings during conference play.
  • Outfielder Carlos Cortes was named a member of the 2017 Perfect Game, d1Baseball.com and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team.
  • The following Gamecocks were taken in the 2017 MLB Draft: Clark Schmidt (1st Round-New York Yankees), Wil Crowe (2nd Round-Washington Nationals), Tyler Johnson (5th Round-Chicago White Sox), Alex Destino (14th Round-Chicago White Sox), Josh Reagan (15th Round-Oakland A's) and John Parke (21st Round-Chicago White Sox).
  • Wil Crowe was named a member of the 2017 SEC Baseball Community Service Team.
  • 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.
  • In 2017, Justin Smoak was named a member of the MLB American League All-Star Team as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 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

  • South Carolina finished the season with the program's first berth into the Final Four, defeating three Top 25 teams in the NCAA Tournament (Duke, Baylor and Florida).
  • The Gamecocks were ranked 6th in the final USA Today Coaches Poll after winning a program-record 26 games.
  • South Carolina's 93-73 win over Marquette in the first round of the tournament marked the Gamecocks' first NCAA Tournament win since 1973.
  • Frank Martin was named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year and Sindarius Thornwell earned CBS Sports First-Team All-American.
  • Sindarius Thornwell was named the NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player. P.J. Dozier joined Thornwell on the East Regional All-Tournament Team.
  • In the regular season, 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 11 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.
  • 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 program's first NCAA National Championship with junior A'ja Wilson earning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors and junior Allisha Gray earning a spot on the Final Four All-Tournament Team.
  • 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.
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Year A'ja Wilson was a finalist for all three major national player of the year awards - Wooden Award, Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy - and a unanimous First-Team All-American. Wilson is just the fourth woman to be named SEC Player of the Year and Final Four MOP in the same season, joining Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw and Bridgette Gordon (all of Tennessee).
  • Junior guard Kaela Davis was named NCAA Stockton Regional Most Outstanding Player for her outstanding performances in helping the Gamecocks reach their second Final Four in three seasons. Wilson and Gray were on the Stockton Regional All-Tournament team.
  • Three Gamecocks were among the first 10 picks in the 2017 WNBA Draft, led by a pair of top-five picks. Alaina Coates became the program's highest ever selection at No. 2 (Chicago Sky) with Allisha Gray taken at No. 4 (Dallas Wings) and Kaela Davis going at No. 10 (Dallas Wings).
  • 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 12 wins against top-25 teams, including eight top-10 wins, with just three of the wins 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

  • The team finished the season with a 23-11 record, earning the program's first-ever bid into the NCAA Championship. The 23 wins this season is also the most in program history.
  • Junior Julia Mannisto and grad student Katie Zimmerman made the CCSA All-Academic team.
  • Ali Denney and Katie Smith also earned CCSA All-Freshman Team honors.
  • After upsetting No. 11 FIU on March 4, the Gamecocks entered the AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll for the first time in program history.
  • 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.
  • South Carolina had five wins over AVCA Top-15 teams this season; it had just one in the program's first three seasons.
  • Senior Jade Vitt and junior Macie Tendrich eclipsed 60 career wins this season, making them the first two student-athletes to break 60 in program history.
  • Junior Julia Mannisto and freshman Carly Schnieder became the third pair in program history to reach 20 dual wins in a single season.
  • Ten different Gamecock individuals won at least 20 matches in 2017. As a comparison, just seven Gamecocks won 20 or more matches in a season in the program's first three years combined.
  • The team finished the season ranked 8th in the AVCA Coaches Poll and was ranked in the poll for 11 straight weeks.
  • Junior Macie Tendrich was selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and will compete in mid-July.

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 won their NCEA Championship First Round match over No. 11 South Dakota State, 15-1, the most lopsided postseason win in school history, and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years.
  • Caroline Gute (reining) was named NCEA First Team All-America, while Chloe Schmidt (equitation on the flat) and Bridgett White (reining) were Honorable Mention All-America picks
  • Bailey Mierzejewski was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.
  • Caroline Gute was named SEC Reining Rider of the Year as a freshman
  • Carolina led the nation with nine NCEA Academic First Team selections and 28 NCEA Honor Roll selections
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 won the RBC Heritage in April for his first win on the PGA Tour. He shot a final round 67 to finish the tournament at -13. He became the first native South Carolinian to win the RBC in its 49 history. With the victory, he clinched an automatic spot in next year's Masters at Augusta National. He has four top-10 finishes on tour in the 2016-17 season.
  • Huskey and Stevens both finished the 2016-17 regular season in the top-10 of the SEC for 18-hole scoring average. Huskey finished 5th at 70.38, while Stevens was 10th at 70.72.
  • The Gamecocks tallied their first win of the season on March 28 after being crowned champions of the Hootie At Bulls Bay Intercollegiate for the third consecutive season. Huskey (T-3rd) and freshman Jamie Wilson (T-5th) paced Carolina with top five finishes. The Gamecocks shot 20-under as a team and finished in front of four SEC schools (No. 20 Auburn, No. 23 Ole Miss, Kentucky and Missouri). The victory was Bill McDonald's program record 20th as head coach.
  • Freshman Jamie Wilson earned his second SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his career-best performance at Bulls Bay Golf Club. He shot a new career 54-hole low 209 (-7) and led the field in par-3 scoring average at 2.93.
  • The Gamecocks advanced to the first ever SEC Match Play with a fifth place finish in the stroke play portion of the SEC Championship on April 22. Huskey (T-9), Wilson (T-16) & Stevens (T-23) all finished in the top-25 individually in stroke play. Wilson shot a career-low 66 in the final round to propel Carolina to the match play quarterfinals.
  • Team made its 10th appearance in the last 11 seasons under McDonald in the postseason at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional. The Gamecocks finished ninth in what was ranked the hardest NCAA Regional by Golfweek. It snapped a program record four-straight trips to the NCAA Championship.
  • Huskey and Stevens were each Second Team All-SEC selections, the 13 and 14th all-league honors under McDonald. The duo was also named PING All-Southeast Region by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
  • Huskey was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Golfweek, marking the 37th All-America laurels in program history. He's the 22nd different player all-time to be deemed one of the nation's best. He's the seventh different All-American under McDonald, whose student-athletes have produced 15 All-America honors in his 10 seasons. Huskey finished the season ranked No. 32 in the Golfstat player rankings. His 70.63 18-hole scoring average ranked 15th in the nation.
  • Three-time All-American Kyle Thompson recently earned his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 PGA season with a T-2nd finish at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship. He locked up a spot in the top-25 of the Web.com Tour money list with the runner-up finish. Thompson won the season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic in January for his fifth career win on the Web.com Tour.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • Carolina's three All-Americans this season marked the most in one season in program history. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh collected First-Team honors from Golfweek and Second Team laurels from the WGCA, while junior Ainhoa Olarra was tabbed an All-American Honorable Mention by both publications. Newcomer Ana Pelaez, the first freshman in school history to receive All-America honors, was named a Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention.
  • The Gamecocks have boasted multiple All-Americans in each of the last four years.
  • The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Championship for the eighth-straight year - Carolina is one of just four schools to reach the event in each of the last eight years.
  • Carolina captured a share of the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional - The Gamecocks have won five regional championships (2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) in the last eight years, and this spring's victory was the 10th tournament win for Carolina under coach Kalen Anderson.
  • Pelaez captured medalist honors at the NCAA Columbus Regional, earning her first collegiate victory.
  • South Carolina finished the season ranked No. 12 in the final Golfstat Rankings (May 25). Three Gamecocks finished in the top 50 individually -Dambaugh (No. 9), Pelaez (No. 33) and Olarra (No. 38)
  • Dambaugh closed her collegiate career ranked in the top-five of the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings - her 72.67 career stroke average ranks first in program history, and her 71.68 scoring average in her senior season ranked 12th in Division I and was the second-lowest single-season mark in school history.
  • Dambaugh captured medalist honors at the 2017 SEC Championship with a three-round total of 204 (-12), the lowest 54-hole total in tournament and school history.
  • The Gamecocks' 291.48 scoring average this season was the lowest single-season mark in program history.
  • Pelaez's 73.12 scoring average marked the lowest single-season mark by a Gamecock freshman ever.
  • 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.
  • Carolina's Ana Pelaez was the only conference newcomer to be named the SEC Freshman Golfer of the Week twice this spring. She opened the spring with a pair of top-10 showings, including runner-up honors at the FSU Match-Up after carding the lowest 54-hole score (208, -8) by a Gamecock freshman ever.
  • 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.

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 were 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.
  • Kaleigh Kurtz and Chelsea Drennan were selected as NSCAA First-Team Scholar All-Americans
  • The Gamecocks placed 18 student-athletes on the 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SOFTBALL

  • South Carolina finished 22nd in the final NCAA RPI rankings. All 13 SEC teams ranked in the top 37 in the NCAA RPI.
  • The Gamecocks finished the season tied for 25th in the final NFCA Coaches Poll, the first time the program has finished the season ranked in the final poll since 2007.
  • South Carolina advanced to its third regional final in five years under Beverly Smith.
  • The Gamecocks defeated top-ranked Florida State, 7-2, on April 14. It was the program's fourth win since 1995 against the nation's top-ranked team.
  • Mackenzie Boesel tied two single-game records in her first NCAA Tournament game, hitting two home runs and driving in eight in the 12-2 (5) win over St. Francis.
  • Boesel made the SEC All-Freshman Team and led the Gamecocks in 11 offensive categories. She's the first Gamecock freshman to lead the team in the Triple Crown categories of batting average, home runs and RBI. She set new freshman records with her 10 home runs and .441 on-base percentage.
  • Senior Victoria Williams became the first Academic All-American under Beverly Smith, gaining a spot on the third team. She finished her career in 10th with 113 RBI and 0.51 RBI per game and tied for ninth with 64 walks.
  • Cayla Drotar was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on April 18 after her two-way performance in the Gamecocks' win over Florida State. She tossed five innings and held the Seminoles to two runs and four hits and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles.
  • Nickie Blue was SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 28 after her shutout win against ninth-ranked Alabama.
  • Mackenzie Boesel earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on March 6 after hitting .550 with two home runs the previous week.
  • 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 finished her Carolina career 3rd in NCAA history and second in the SEC in career saves with 22.
  • Senior Kaylea Snaer set new standards at South Carolina in doubles per game (0.25), walks (116) and walks per game (0.51). She also garnered the first spot spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team.
  • 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

  • The Gamecocks placed 15th in the NCAA Championships, the program's highest finish in 29 years. Overall, the Gamecocks finished with five different student-athletes earning All-America status: Cody Bekemeyer (800 free relay, 1650 free), Nils Wich-Glasen (100 breast, 200 breast), Akram Mahmoud (800 free relay, 500 free, 1650 free), Fynn Minuth (800 free relay, 500 free, 200 fly) and Tomas Peribonio (800 free relay, 500 free, 400 IM, 1650 free)
  • 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.
  • Akram Mahmoud and Fynn Minuth were first-team All-SEC selections while Cody Bekemeyer and Nils Wich-Glasen were second-team All-SEC picks.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • South Carolina placed 38th at the NCAA Championships, buoyed by a 13th place All-American finish by Allyson Nied in platform diving. Emma Barksdale received All-American honors in the 400 IM, placing 13th, and also set a school record in the 200 IM.
  • The Gamecocks placed 9th in the SEC Championships, 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 while Julia Vincent claimed gold in the 1- and 3-meter competitions.
  • Todd Sherritt was named the SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year by his peers. Divers Julia Vincent and Allyson Nied were also named first-team All-SEC. Albury Higgs was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team (400 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast).
  • 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 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

  • The Gamecocks finished the season 21-7 overall, the most wins for the program since 1997-98. The team finished 9-3 in SEC play, tying a program-best regular season SEC finish at third place.
  • The Gamecocks earned an NCAA bid for the first time since 2013-14 and advanced to the second round, defeating East Tennessee in the first round and falling to North Carolina in the second round.
  • Carolina finished 21st in the final ITA Rankings.
  • Gamecocks have two Top 25 wins this season, defeating #17-ranked Mississippi State, 4-3, on April 16 and #23 Kentucky, 4-3, on March 26.
  • Junior Harrison O'Keefe was named to the first-team All-SEC squad while junior Gabriel Friedrich was named to the second-team All-SEC Team.
  • Junior Harrison O'Keefe has been named SEC Athlete of the Week three times this season, including two weeks in a row (March 22-29)
  • 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 finished the season ranked 46th in the final Oracle ITA Division I Rankings. He was 26-13 in singles play this year, 12-5 in the SEC, notching four wins over ranked opponents in the spring.
  • Harrison O'Keefe finished the season ranked 70th in the ITA Rankings, with a 27-15 overall record, 18-10 in the SEC.
  • The doubles team of Harrison O'Keefe and Yancy Dennis finished the season ranked 16th nationally in the latest ITA Rankings.
  • Harrison O'Keefe and Gabriel Friedrich earned NCAA bids in the singles competition while O'Keefe and Yancy Dennis earned a berth into the NCAA doubles field.
  • 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.
  • Junior Thomas Mayronne was named to the SEC Men's Tennis Community Service Team.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • The Gamecocks finished the season with a 20-8 overall record and reaching the "Sweet 16" in the NCAA Championships. It was the first time the program reached the Round of 16 since 2009.
  • The Gamecocks finished the season ranked 15th in the final ITA Rankings.
  • Freshman Mia Horvit finished the season ranked 46th in the final ITA Rankings while sophomore Ingrid Gamarra Martins was ranked 48th. Horvit had a 27-12 overall record, 14-10 in the SEC, while Martins was 19-16 overall, 6-10 in the SEC.
  • Mia Horvit was named to the ITA Women's Tennis All-America Team. She is the first All-American under the direction of head coach Kevin Epley. The freshman was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and the All-SEC Second Team, becoming the first Gamecock rookie to be named to the All-SEC Second Team since Ana Marija Zubori received the honor in 2007.
  • The doubles pairing of Paige Cline and Hadley Berg finished the season ranked 27th nationally in the same rankings.
  • The Gamecocks were 10-9 against teams ranked in the top 40. Top wins included defeating #22 Texas in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, #13 Kentucky on April 16 and again on April 21, #16 Mississippi State on April 7, #18 Arkansas on March 26, #19 Tennessee on March 17, and #20 Texas A&M on March 3.
  • Sophomore Rachel Rohrabacher was named to the SEC Women's Tennis Community Service Team.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Four Gamecocks earned First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 10-11 in Collegiate Station, Texas: Josh Awotunde (shot put), Natasha Dicks (triple jump), Rougui Sow (long jump) and Ncincilili Titi (200m).
  • The women's 4x400m relay team of Aliyah Abrams, Tyler Brockington, Briana Haith and Precious Holmes earned Second-Team All-America status.
  • As a team, Carolina finished 25th at the NCAA Championships on the women's side.
  • At the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, for the men, Michael Wamer was 5th in the triple jump, Eric Favors was 5th in the shot put, Tye Williams was 6th in the high jump, Josh Awotunde 7th in the shot put, Markus Leemet was 7th in the heptathlon and Ben Bonhurst was 8th in the shot put. 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.
  • Favors and Springs each earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC Team.

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Carolina hosted the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the first time since 2001 the Gamecocks have hosted the event. The Carolina men finished eighth, their highest finish since 2010.
  • Redshirt senior Tyler Brockington won the 400m hurdles at the SEC Championships, Carolina's first win in the event since 2005.
  • For their efforts at the SEC Championship, eight Gamecocks were named to the All-SEC Team: Brockington, Josh Awotunde (shot put), Ben Bonhurst (shot put), Natasha Dicks (triple jump), Markus Leemet (decathlon), Isaiah Moore (110mH), Rougui Sow (long jump) and Tye Williams (high jump).
  • Three Gamecocks earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships: Moore (110mH), Sow (long jump) and Williams (high jump). Second-team honorees included Dicks (triple jump), Ncincilili Titi (200m) and both the men's and women's 4x100m relay squads.
  • Senior Maya Evens was named the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year. During her collegiate career, Evans accumulated over 700 hours of community service.
  • Titi ran a school-record 200m time of 20.14 at the Gamecock Invitational April 15 at Cregger Track. For his efforts, he was named the SEC Athlete of the Week.
  • Sow recorded a school-record long jump of 6.72 meters April 7 at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga. That stood as the best outdoor long jump mark in the entire world this season for three weeks.
  • Leemet broke a 27-year-old school record in the decathlon, totaling 7,720 points at the SEC Championships.
  • Williams broke a 29-year-old school record in the high jump, leaping 7-4 1/2 at the Penn Relays on April 29. That was the best mark in the NCAA this season.
  • Leemet was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

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. She also made the AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention team.
  • 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.
  • Mikayla Shields was named to the USA Women's Junior National Team in April. The Orlando, Fla. native is the first member of the program since Shonda Cole in 2006 to make an American national team. She went on to win gold at the Pan American Cup, and will now try out for the U20 World Championship squad.

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