COLUMBIA, South Carolina, October 13. THE UNC swimming and diving squads opened their 2012-13 seasons in solid fashion as the men swept and the women split in tri-meets at Columbia Natatorium at the University of South Carolina. The Tar Heel men defeated host South Carolina 168-132 as well as prevailing against Texas A&M 178.5-121.5. The UNC women split as they fell to Texas A&M 187.5-112.5 while scoring a resounding 217-83 win over the host Gamecocks.
The North Carolina men prevailed with balance for comfortable wins in both meets. Overall, South Carolina won six events and the Tar Heels and the Aggies each won five events. The Tar Heel men loaded up on second and third place finishes against both opponents to emerge with the victory.
Individual event winners for Coach Rich DeSelm's men included senior captain Brett Nagle in the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Nic Graesser in the 100-yard backstroke, sophomore transfer David Speese in the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Patrick Myers in the 200-yard backstroke.
The most exciting victory of the day for the UNC men came in the 400-yard freestyle relay where freshmen Logan Heck, Sean Sullivan and Sam Lewis and an anchor leg by junior J.T. Stilley won in a time of 3:02.04, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of second-place South Carolina.
Carolina has four individual event winners on the women's side as junior NCAA champion Stephanie Peacock swept the two distance events – the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyles – and sophomore standout Danielle Siverling took another two freestyle events at 100 and 200 yards. Texas A&M won 11 of the 16 events with South Carolina winning in one-meter diving.
The UNC women will return to action next weekend in the prestigious Dallas Classic at Southern Methodist University. The meet will be held Friday and Saturday nights. After their impressive opening meet, the Tar Heel men will resume dual meet action against Virginia Tech on Friday, October 26 at Koury Natatorium in a coed meet and the Tar Heels' home opener. That meet begins at 5 p.m.
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