Feb. 14, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
A third-place finish in the men's 800 freestyle relay highlighted the first day of the Southeastern Conference Championships for South Carolina swimming and diving. The Gamecocks swam A-cut times in both the men's and women's 800 freestyle relays, while Julia Vincent secured a spot in the 1-meter event finals, taking fifth place overall.
QUOTABLE: HEAD SWIMMING COACH McGee Moody
"We had a great night in the pool and on the boards. We got off to a great start. Our women's 200 medley relay set a new school record to open the night. Then, just over an hour later, our ladies swam and NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800 freestyle relay. The leadoff leg by Emma Barksdale was a school record in the 200 freestyle.
Our men's 800 freestyle relay also made an NCAA automatic qualifying time, taking the bronze medal. The leadoff leg in that relay was a new school record by Fynn Minuth in the 200 freestyle. We are set up for a great week for our athletes."
QUOTABLE: HEAD DIVING COACH Todd Sherritt
"We had a decent day today overall. Freshman Grant Summers had a great performance finishing 12th on the 3-meter with a personal-best score of 364. The men's event was the best I've ever seen. Grant didn't miss a single dive.
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
South Carolina returns for the second day of the SEC Championships on Thursday. Preliminaries for the men's and women's 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and men's 1-meter begin at 11 a.m. (ET), with the finals for each event to follow at 7 p.m. (ET). The men's and women's 200 freestyle relay will take place after the completion of the day's finals.
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