SEC Saturday Recap: South Carolina Wins Home Invite

South Carolina's Julia Vincent. Photo Courtesy: Reagan Lunn/Georgia Tech Athletics

South Carolina senior diver Julia Vincent broke her own school record in the 1-meter board to highlight the Gamecocks’ first place finish at the South Carolina Collegiate Invitational. The Gamecocks hosted UNCW, Wingate and East Carolina in the annual meet on Friday and Saturday, taking first place in both the men’s and women’s competitions. South Carolina won a total of 28 of the 40 events on its way to the win.

Vincent took first in both the 3-meter and 1-meter, breaking her own school record in the 1-meter with a score of 365.75 and will graduate from South Carolina as the school record-holder on both boards

Emma Barksdale came close to breaking another South Carolina record, swimming the second-fastest 1650 freestyle in school history with a 16:16.53. Barksdale won a total of three events at the meet – the 1650 freestyle, 400 IM and 100 breaststroke.

In the men’s competition, South Carolina got a strong start to the second day with a win in the 200 medley relay. The relay was followed by the 1650 freestyle where South Carolina freshmen Rafael Davila and Tamas Novoszath took first and third, respectively. Another freshman, Grant Summers, earned the Gamecocks two wins at the meet in 1-meter and 3-meter diving.

LSU goes 3-0 in Houston

The LSU women’s swimming and diving team was able to maintain their leads and come out victorious over Houston, Rice, and Tulane on Saturday morning in Houston. The Tigers beat Houston 248-105, Rice 253-94, and Tulane 274-78.

The highlight of the day came from the diving well, where Lizzie Cui was victorious on the women’s one-meter springboard. Cui posted a score of 320.05, her second highest score of the season. Cui also secured an undefeated record in dual meet competition.

The best swim of the day came from Cassie Kalisz. The freshman won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.07 while setting a new personal-best time, making the NCAA B-Cut standard, and jumping up to third on the all-time list. The other B-Cut time of the day came from Summer Spradley, who swam a 1:02.10 in the 100 breaststroke to claim the victory.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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