Gamecocks Wrap Up First Day at Nike Cup Invitational
HILL, N.C. — The South Carolina swimming and diving teams wrapped up
their first day of competition at the Nike Cup Invitational on Thursday
night at Koury Natatorium. The Gamecock men are in fourth place, while
the Carolina women are third heading into Friday’s preliminaries.
The Gamecocks sent 22 swimmers to Thursday’s finals.
the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Rachel Elliott,
Lauren Raczkowski, Rachael Schaffer and Morgan Brooks finished sixth
with a time of 1:35.88. The Gamecocks’ best finish in the men’s event
was a fourth-place showing by the team of Andrew Seiler, Jacob White,
Isaac Badillo and Max Heinze with a time of 1:23.27.
Lindsey Olson had a strong showing in the women’s 500 freestyle C-final
as she won the event with a time of 4:57.73. Junior Whitney Avers
finish third in the C-final in a time of 4:59.60, and freshman Annika
Jonsson took sixth with a time of 5:03.06. Junior Matea Peteh finished
sixth in the B-final with a time of 4:59.81.
Columbus won the men’s B-final in the 500 freestyle in a time of
4:31.71 to finish ninth overall, while junior Brooks Ross finished
eighth in the A-final with a time of 4:31.20.
the Gamecocks first NCAA ‘B’ cut of the season in the 200 IM as she won
the B-final with a time of 2:00.74 to finish ninth overall. Sophomore
Abby Galbreath finished 17th overall by winning the C-final with a time
of 2:03.43, while teammate Aileen Atzhorn finished 19th overall with a
time of 2:08.24.
Junior Collin Kaden finished seventh in the
men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:52.44, while sophomore Matt Navata
claimed 12th with a time of 1:52.65. Senior James Crawford placed third
in the C-final with a time of 1:54.05 to finish 19th overall.
finished sixth overall in the women’s 50 freestyle with a time of
23.89. Raczkowski finished 13th overall in 25.08, and Brooks took
second in the C-final and 18th overall in a time of 24.38.
the men’s side, Seiler placed second in a time of 20.81 in the B-final
and 10th overall. Heinze placed 16th in a time of 21.33. Senior Rory
Grigull (21.30) and White (21.43) finished 21st and 22nd, respectively.
the women’s 400 medley relay, South Carolina’s team of Peteh, Amanda
Rutqvist, Schaffer and Raczkowski claimed fourth with a time of
3:44.87. In the men’s event, the Gamecocks finished fifth in a time of
3:20.87 with the team of Jay Warner, Bobby Cave, Badillo and Seiler.
North Carolina leads the men’s competition with 334 points, while the
Tar Heels are also in the lead on the women’s side with 435 points.