Oct. 14, 2017
Columbia, Mo. - South Carolina women's swimming and diving swept a pair of SEC opponents in their season opener Saturday at Mizzou Aquatic Center, topping Missouri 171-129 and Arkansas 155-145. The Gamecock men dropped a tough 154-144 decision to the host Tigers.
South Carolina earned 13 first-place finishes in the competition, including a relay win in the women's 400 free relay. Emma Barksdale and Kersten Dirrane both locked in two first-place finishes for the women, and Fynn Minuth and Nils Wich-Glasen each recorded two for the men.
-Four Gamecocks took home two first-place finishes at their first meet of the season: Emma Barksdale, Kersten Dirrane, Fynn Minuth and Nils Wich-Glasen. -Freshman Grant Summers earned second place in the men's 3-meter diving in his first meet as a collegiate athlete.
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
For their next competition, the Gamecocks will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Purdue on Thu., Oct. 19.
QUOTABLE: HEAD SWIMMING COACH McGee Moody
"We had a great day today. It was a very fast opening meet, [which] I think sets the foundation for where we want to go throughout the season. The women went 2-0 with wins over SEC teams -- huge wins for them. The men put up solid performances across the board, exceeding the expectations we had for them early in the season with the times that they put up. We're looking forward traveling on Wednesday to West Lafayette and racing Purdue on Thursday and going to Cincinnati on Saturday."
QUOTABLE: HEAD DIVING COACH Todd Sherritt
"We had a great day. Most of our objectives were achieved at this point in the season, so I am very pleased with this team. Julia Vincent had solid performances on both boards finishing second and qualifying for NCAA Zone Championships. Freshman Grant Summers had a great meet finishing second on the three-meter and qualifying for Zones. Freshman Karlee Price did a great job on both boards, put in some dives for 7.5 and qualified for Zones. Mikaela Lujan and Yu Qian Goh both achieved Zone scores and did some outstanding dives for 7.5s. So, today was very productive. I'm looking forward to next week."
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