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Heather Merritt
Heather  Merritt

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Huntersville, N.C.

High School:
William A. Hough HS

Event:
Freestyle/Backstroke/Butterfly/IM

05/16/2016

Gamecocks Race Strong in Charlotte, Atlanta

Two new Gamecocks earn US Olympic Trials cuts

02/21/2016

Mahmoud Wins SEC Championship on Final Day of Conference Meet

Sophomore captures 1,650-yard freestyle for Carolina's first men's title in 15 years

02/19/2016

Gamecocks Add Two More Records at SEC Championships

Trio of swimmers post record times on conference meet's fourth day

02/16/2016

Record Efforts Highlight Opening Day of SEC Championships

Gamecocks set school record in 800 free relay, place three divers in finals

01/29/2016

Gamecocks Close Regular Season at East Carolina

South Carolina to face Pirates, William & Mary on Saturday

02/19/2015

2015 SEC Championships

2015 SEC Championships


AWARDS/HONORS


  • 2018 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2018 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2017 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2017 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2016 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2015 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2015 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

IN THE RECORD BOOK


  • 2nd -- 100 backstroke
  • 4th -- 200 freestyle
  • 4th -- 200 backstroke
  • T-4th -- 200 IM
  • 9th -- 500 freestyle
  • 1st, 4th, 5th -- 400 freestyle relay
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th -- 800 freestyle relay
  • 3rd -- 200 medley relay
  • 3rd, 5th -- 400 medley relay


2017-18 (SENIOR)
  • Competed in six events in her final year at South Carolina (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 1000 freestyle)
  • Finished 37th at the SEC Championships in the 500 free, 25th in the 200 backstroke, and 20th in the 200 freestyle
  • Placed first at the SC College Invite in the 100 backstroke (54.66)
  • Tallied nine total top-three finishes on the season
  • Set a personal record in the 1000 freestyle against Purdue (10:26.53)
  • Was a part of three winning relay teams in the 400 free relay and helped set a school record in the 800 free relay (7:02.86) at the NCAA Championships

2016-17 (JUNIOR)
  • Finished 14th in the 200 freestyle (1:47.37), 24th in the 200 backstroke (1:58.47) and 28th in the 500 freestyle (4:48.88) at the SEC Championships
  • Swam in four events as a junior (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke)
  • Tallied 13 top-five finishes throughout the regular season
  • Finished second, season bests, in the 500 freestyle at the Duke dual meet and the SC College Invite
  • Finished second in the 200 backstroke at the SC College Invite

2015-16 (SOPHOMORE)


  • Swam in six individual events as a sophomore
  • Took part in three events at the SEC Championships, with her best finish, 26th, in the 200 backstroke (1:57.39)
  • Placed 30th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.23) and 40th in the 200 IM (2:00.91) at the SEC Championships
  • Tallied a pair of victories in a dual meet against Vanderbilt, winning the 100 backstroke (57.67) and 200 backstroke (2:04.94)
  • Grabbed third-place finishes against Alabama in the 100 and 200 back
  • Posted 10 total top-five finishes

2014-15 (FRESHMAN)


  • Primarily competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke, also swam the 100 Butterfly and 200 IM
  • Finished 23rd in the 100 (54.67) and 200 (1:58.63) Backstroke at the SEC Championships while setting personal records in the preliminaries of both events, going 54.18 in the 100 and 1:57.83 in the 200
  • Placed 30th in the 200 IM with a career-best time of 2:00.41 at the SEC Championships
  • Member of the Gamecocks' record-setting 400 Medley Relay at the SEC Championships
  • Finished in fourth place in the 200 I IM (2:01.67) at the Virginia Tech Invitational, also placed eighth in the 100 butterfly (56.32) and 100 backstroke (56.91) and ninth in the 200 backstroke (1:59.28)
  • Earned the first wins of her collegiate career in the 100 backstroke (56.83) and 100 butterfly (56.75) against Florida Gulf Coast
  • Tallied five individual wins throughout the season

PRE COLLEGE


  • Graduated from William A. Hough High School
  • Lettered in swimming all four years
  • Helped lead team to 4A NCHSSA State Championships in 2012 and 2013
  • Member of SwimMac Carolina

PERSONAL


  • Heather Nicole Merritt is the daughter of David and Holly Merritt
  • Mother, Holly swam at Penn State
  • Has two sisters, Jessica and Kensley
  • Majoring in marketing with a minor in elementary eduacation
Merritt's Top Times
Event Time Date Meet Location
50 Freestyle 24.55 1/23/16 SC Quad Meet Columbia, S.C.
100 Freestyle 50.87# 11/18/17 GT Invite Atlanta, Ga.
200 Freestyle 1:46.87p 2/16/17 SEC Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
500 Freestyle 4:48.88p 2/15/17 SEC Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
1000 Freestyle 10:26.53 10/19/17 vs. Purdue West Lafayette, Ind.
100 Backstroke 54.18p 2/20/15 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.
200 Backstroke 1:57.11p 2/18/17 SEC Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
100 Butterfly 55.53p 11/21/14 Virginia Tech Invite Blacksburg, Va.
200 IM 2:00.41p 2/18/15 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.

! = School Record

p = Prelims

t = Time Trial

# = Leadoff Split/Split

Heather Merritt
 

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