Gamecock sophomore finishes fifth in the finals
Meet begins Monday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Rutqvist makes third straight 200 breaststroke championship final
Carolina wins two medals, sets six school records on the week
2011-12 - Competed in every meet...Posted career-best score of 267.97 on the one-meter board against rival Clemson...Dove on all three boards at the SEC Championships...Recorded career-best mark of 224.90 on the platform at the SEC Championships...Had a season best finish of third place on three occasions...Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
2010-11 - Competed in every dual meet and at SEC Championships...Posted a top 1-meter score of 251.63 vs. UNC Wilmington...Best score on 3-meter board came against Clemson (312.68)...Best finish was a runner-up showing in season-opening meet against Western Kentucky...Competed on platform at SEC meet.
PRE-COLLEGE - Graduated from Augusta Preparatory Day School...Club team is South Carolina Divers...Has a long list of competitions at the USA Diving Junior Olympic level...Placed in the top 10 on both the 1- and 3-meter boards in 13 age-group competitions from 2006-2009...Top showing was a third-place finish at the 2007 USA Diving JO Summer Regionals.
PERSONAL - Born Jan. 31, 1992, in Augusta, Ga....Parents are Eugene and Rosemary Helmich...Has a sister, Emily...Father ran track at the U.S. Military Academy...Has not declared a major...Chose South Carolina because he enjoyed the city and the campus, and because South Carolina had the top athletic department of all schools he visited...Also considered an offer from College of Charleston.