Gamecocks Post Four NCAA ‘B’ Cuts on Day Two at Nike Cup Invitational
HILL, N.C. — The South Carolina swimming and diving teams had one of
their best efforts of the season on day two at the Nike Cup
Invitational on Friday at Koury Natatorium. The Gamecocks posted 37
times in the preliminaries that qualified for the finals, achieved four
NCAA ‘B’ cuts and had 23 personal bests.
The strong performance left both the Gamecock men and women in third place heading into the final day.
Carolina women had a stellar showing in the 400-yard IM. Sophomore
Rachael Schaffer posted her second NCAA ‘B’ cut of the week to take
first place in the A-final with a time of 4:11.25, which is the third
fastest time in the country this season and second best in school
Sophomore Abby Galbreath swam a ‘B’ cut time of 4:18.25
to win the B-final and finish ninth overall, while freshman Annika
Jonsson finished 10th overall with a career-best time of 4:20.13.
Junior Whitney Avers won the C-final by more than five seconds with a
time of 4:25.74 as she finished 17th overall.
Rutqvist achieved the Gamecocks’ third ‘B’ cut of the night with a time
of 1:02.71 to place fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Aileen
Atzhorn finished 12th with a time of 1:05.70, and junior Alyssa Hand
finished 16th with a time of 1:07.91.
The Gamecocks placed
eighth in the women’s 200-yard medley relay, as the team of Matea
Peteh, Rutqvist, Meghan Brockington and Rachel Elliott finished with a
time of 1:45.96. In the men’s race, Carolina claimed fifth with a time
of 1:31.14 from the team of Jay Warner, Graham Kauffman, Isaac Badillo
and Andrew Seiler.
Sophomore Matt Navata finished sixth in the
men’s 400 IM A-final with a time of 4:01.38, and senior Ryan Connolly
placed ninth overall by winning the B-final in a time of 4:00.70.
the women’s 100-yard butterfly, Brockington took fourth overall with a
PR of 55.05, and freshman Sara Drake finished 14th with a career-best
time of 56.76. Sophomore Lauren Raczkowski finished third in the
C-final and 19th overall with a PR of 57.16. Badillo was Carolina’s top
finisher in the men’s race with a fourth-place showing in a time of
49.57. Junior Max Heinze finished 12th overall with a time of 49.75.
was Carolina’s top finisher in the women’s 200 freestyle as she claimed
fifth in the A-final with a PR of 1:51.43. Junior Lindsey Olson
(1:52.49) and freshman Morgan Brooks (1:53.12, PR) placed 13th and
14th, respectively, while sophomore Taylor Josserand swam a 1:54.17 to
finish second in the C-final and 18th overall.
Rodriguez led the Gamecock men in the 200 freestyle, finishing second
in the B-final and 10th overall with a time of 1:40.20. Freshman
Michael Covert placed 15th overall with a time of 1:42.98, while
sophomore Tim Berens took fourth in the C-final and 20th overall with a
time of 1:42.87.
Seiler claimed second in the B-final and 10th
overall in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.12, and
Kauffman placed 11th overall with a PR of 57.32.
In the women’s
100 backstroke, Peteh led the Gamecocks with a seventh-place showing in
the A-final in a time of 56.22. Sophomore Lauren Rosenberg (57.43) and
Brooks (57.45, PR) finished 15th and 19th, respectively. Heinze
finished sixth for Carolina in the men’s race with a time of 50.31,
while Covert swam a 50.96 to take eighth. Warner won the B-final and
took ninth overall with a time of 49.14, and senior James Crawford
finished second in the C-final and 18th overall in a time of 51.73.
Gamecocks’ relay team of Schaffer, Olson, Brockington and Peteh
finished fourth in the women’s 800 freestyle relay with a time of
7:33.57, and the team of Jonsson, Josserand, Raczkowski and Brooks took
fifth with a time of 7:34.56. In the men’s race, the team of Kaden,
Covert, Grigull and Rodriguez placed fifth with a time of 6:46.67.
the boards, junior Rylan Ridenour came up just short of winning the
men’s one-meter springboard as he finished second with a score of
360.50, which was 3.3 points shy of first place. Freshman Cole Miller
placed seventh with a score of 323.90. Senior Courtney Forcucci claimed
second on the women’s three-meter springboard with a score of 340.30.
North Carolina has 808 points to lead the men’s competition, followed
by Duke (499) and the Gamecocks (399.5). The Tar Heels also lead on the
women’s side with 965 points, followed by Duke (429) and South Carolina