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
2013-14 - Competed in every meet ... Scored in all three events at the SEC Championships finishing 24th (260.20) in the one-meter, 20th (276.85) in the three-meter and 22nd (241.25) on the platform ... Placed 26th on the one-meter (260.20) and 31st on the three-meter (276.85) at the NCAA Zone B Championships.
2012-13 - Competed in all but one regular-season event and dove at the SEC Championship and NCAA Zone Championships...Scored for the first time at the SEC Championships, finishing 18th (266.70) on the one-meter and 23rd (231.30) on the platform...Also finished 28th on the three-meter board...Posted Zone qualifying score of 345.80 on three-meter in tri meet against College of Charleston, Queens and Wingate to record season-best third-place finish...Dove at first career NCAA Zone Championships, finishing 28th on the one-meter and 29th on the three-meter...Recorded personal bests on both the three-meter (345.80) and platform (231.30).
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.
|Helmich's Top Scores|
|1-meter (6)||319.95||1/25/14||Queens/Wingate||Columbia, S.C.|
|3-meter (6)||345.80||1/25/13||College of Charleston/Queens/Wingate||Columbia, S.C.|
|Platform (6)||241.25||2/21/14||SEC Championships||Athens, Ga.|