USC Gamecocks Dominate Carolina Classic

COLUMBIA, SC, December 14. SOUTH Carolina won nine events the final session of the three-day Carolina Classic at the Carolina Natatorium to finish their fall season.

Highlighting the first day for Carolina was freshman Kyle Cormier, who recorded a first place finish in the 200 individual medley. Cormier finished in a USC season best time of 1:57.77.

USC continued its success in the second day with a trio of first place finishes for the men's squad and one first place finish on the women's side. For the Carolina men, junior Reid Duff finished in first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.54 junior Justin Kata took home the top spot in the 200 breaststroke at 2:06.92 and junior Mike Farrington won the 400 IM.

Taking home first place for the USC women was freshman Christy Williams in the 100 butterfly at 56.47. For the USC women, freshman Heather Roffey was right behind Williams in the 100 butterfly at 57.25 with senior Carolynn McHugh in fourth place (57.27), and sophomore Kendel Fiorentino in fifth (58.71).

Again, day nine resulted in nine USC top finishes with junior men's swimmer Reid Duff leading the way. Duff took home top honors in the 50 freestyle at 21.54 and was the fastest in the 100 freestyle at 46.31.

Along with Duff, South Carolina's first place swimmers on the men's side were: freshman Dan White (1650 freestyle, 15:51.56), junior Justin Kata (100 breaststroke, 58.52) and freshman Kevin Cargill (200 backstroke 1:54.05). Second place finishes for South Carolina included junior Tim Farrington (1650 freestyle, 16:06.46), freshman Kyle Cormier (200 butterfly, 1:56.67), sophomore Colby Mack (100 freestyle, 46.41) and freshman Sean Murray (200 backstroke, 1:55.54).

Taking home first place on the women's side were: senior Carolynn McHugh (50 freestyle, 24.04), freshman Mandee Cregar (100 breaststroke, 1:05.98), freshman Heather Roffey (200 butterfly, 2:04.21), and junior Haley Skaggs (100 freestyle, 52.58).

South Carolina also had a multitude of second place finishes by sophomore Aunya Nance (100 breaststroke, 1:06.44), freshman Christy Williams (2:04.72), and freshman Alyssa Cady (100 freestyle, 52.71).

South Carolina will return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 8 when the Gamecocks host the Auburn Tigers at the Carolina Natatorium. Auburn is the defending national champion in men's and women's swimming and diving.

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