Gamecock sophomore finishes fifth in the finals
Meet begins Monday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Flach, Rodriguez, Miller to compete for SEC titles
Carolina men's 800 free relay team earns NCAA A cut
2011-12 - Led the Gamecocks' diving corps...Won 10 times on the year, with five first-place finishes on the one-meter springboard and five on the three-meter board...Named SEC Diver of the Week two times for performances against Georgia Tech (10/22) and at the Nike Cup Invitational (11/17-19)...Shattered the school record on the three-meter board with a mark of 427.43 against East Carolina...Set a personal record of 387.75 on the one-meter board against Georgia Tech...Qualified to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials...Finished 22nd in the three-meter competition at the Trials with a score of 305.80, falling 36.1 points short of advancing to the semifinals.
2010-11 - Gamecocks' top diver...Qualified for NCAA Zone B for second straight year...Just missed trip to NCAA Championships with 6th-place finish on 1-meter with 12-dive score of 684.30...Set school record with 3-meter score (12 dives) of 698.20 at NCAA Zone B...Finished 18th on 1-meter and 19th on 3-meter at SEC Championships...Top score on 1-meter (358.30) earned a win over Kentucky/Charleston...Posted a personal-best 407.17 in the 3-meter competition vs. Clemson to win going away; missed Andy Bradley's school record by .23 points...Won seven times during the season, including five consecutive events to open the season...Five of seven wins came on 3-meter board...Named SEC Diver of the Week twice during the season after performances vs. Western Kentucky (10/16) and Clemson (11/2)...Qualified for 1- and 3-meter semifinals at USA Diving Winter National Championships.
2009-10 - Top diver for the Gamecocks on the 1- and 3-meter boards... Qualified for NCAA Zone B Regionals... Advanced to finals at Zone meet on 3M board, finished 13th with 12-dive score of 629.35...Just missed finals on 3M at SEC Championships, finishing 9th with a 342.85...Took 11th place at SECs on 1M with 303.40...Top scores came at Gamecock Invitational in 1M (351.55) and 3M (390.80)...Won twice during the season on 3M vs. Kentucky and UNC Wilmington.
PRE-COLLEGE - Graduated from Lebanon High School... Named team MVP as a senior... Three-time state qualifier... Won three conference titles... Was state runner-up in 2008... Club team was Starz Diving... Advanced to finals in 3M springboard at AT&T National Diving Championships in 2009, finishing 12th... Won the 2007 Future Champions Diving Invitational in both the 1M and 3M events... Was runner-up in both events at the same competition in 2008...Qualified for 2009 Spring Nationals.
PERSONAL - Full name is Rylan Ridenour... Born April 27, 1990... Parents are Ty and Luann Ridenour... Has one brother, Robert... Plans to major in music... Chose South Carolina over offers from Kentucky and LSU.