Burras Headlines for South Carolina in SC College Invite Victory

SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEGE INVITE

  • Jan. 24-25, 2020
  • Hosted by South Carolina
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results

TEAM SCORES

WOMEN

  • South Carolina 246, UNCW 107
  • South Carolina 193, Queens 154
  • Queens 196, UNCW 151

MEN

  • South Carolina 279, UNCW 73
  • South Carolina 175, Queens 166
  • Queens 252, UNCW 166

The South Carolina men and women closed out their regular season on Saturday with a pair of wins each, defeating UNC Wilmington and Queens. A handful of Gamecock standouts highlighted the meet with wins. Lewis Burras earned a sprint sweep for the men.

He put up a 20.21 to win the 50 free by over half a second, but his 20.15 leading off the 200 free relay was even faster. He showed off his anchor speed with a 19.45 on the 200 medley relay. Burras was also dominant in the 100 free with a 44.38.

Also among the Gamecock notables were Lionel Khoo, Emma Alexander, and Christina Lappin. In the 100 free, Lappin was stroke-for-stroke with Queens’ Polina Lapshina, getting her hand to the wall first in a 50.47 to 50.51 victory. Khoo won the 100 breast by a second in 55.12, while Alexander was the 200 back champ in 2:02.74.

Queens had 3 swimmers win multiple events. On the men’s side, Alex Kunert swept the butterflies. He was the only man under 50 in the 100 fly, winning in 49.47. Kunert won the 200 fly in 1:49.04 as he pulled ahead of UNCW’s Connor Forsythe (1:50.41) on the back half. He was over 3 seconds ahead of the field in the 200 IM with a 1:47.76.

Yuliia Stadnyk and Francesca Bains led the way for the Queens women. Stadnyk won both the 200 free (1:51.57) and 200 fly (2:02.10). Bains had a pair of distance wins. She won the 1000 free by nearly 10 seconds in 10:11.55. She was dominant again in the 400 IM, racing to a 4:21.246.

PRESS RELEASE – SOUTH CAROLINA DAY 1

COLUMBIA, S.C.— South Carolina swimming and diving put in a strong performance Friday on the first day of the S.C. College Invitational. Matched up against UNC Wilmington and Queens University, the Gamecocks won 13 of the 20 events to take a commanding leading through day one.

Gamecock Notables

Scores Through Day One:
Men

  • South Carolina leads UNCW 108-59
  • Queens leads UNCW 85-79
  • South Carolina leads Queens 98-66

Women

  • South Carolina leads UNCW 136-31
  • Queens Leads UNCW 123-41
  • South Carolina leads Queens 102-59

Up Next for the Gamecocks
Day two of the S.C. College Invitational will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. following the senior recognition ceremony at 9:40.

For more swimming updates, follow South Carolina Swimming and Diving on Twitter at @GamecockSwim.

PRESS RELEASE – SOUTH CAROLINA DAY 2

COLUMBIA, S.C– South Carolina swimming and diving wrapped up its regular season Sunday, finishing the S.C. College Invitational. The Gamecocks emerged 4-0 after two days of strong swimming with the men and the women both defeating Queens and UNC Wilmington.

Gamecock Notables

  • Carolina continued its fast start, winning the men’s 200 medley relay to open the meet. The team of seniors Kevin LiuItay GoldfadenJustin Rose and sophomore Lewis Burras beat the rest of the field by two seconds.
  • Sophomore Ellie Masterson and freshman Jordan Yip Zhu Ern continued the Gamecocks’ breaststroke dominance, winning the 200.
  • Lewis Burras took home his second 50 freestyle win of the year with a 20.21.
  • The Gamecocks swept all four diving events, with sophomore Anton Down-Jenkins winning both boards for the men and freshman Mathilda Roxne and sophomore Yu Qian Goh winning the one-meter and three-meter, respectively, for the women.
  • Freshman Chase Allison took home his first win of the season in the 400 IM with a time of 3:56.65, a new personal record.

Final Scores
Men

  • South Carolina def. UNCW 246-107
  • South Carolina def. Queens 193-154
  • Queens def. UNCW 196-151

Women

  • South Carolina def. UNCW 279-73
  • South Carolina def. Queens 175-166
  • Queens def. UNCW 252-166

QUOATABLE HEAD COACH MCGEE MOODY
“I was really interested to see how we would respond this morning after racing last night, and we took care of ourselves pretty well. We swam kind of an off lineup; we got so people into different events especially on the women’s side. We fought – Queens and UNCW are two good programs that gave us races all the way to the end. Our kids stepped up big. Now the focus shifts 100 percent to the SEC Championships.”

QUOATBLE HEAD DIVING COACH TODD SHERRIT
“I thought we did really well. Yu Qian was outstanding on the three-meter today; she really showed up at the right time, and I think we got some breakthroughs there. Mathilda (Roxne) had a solid meet. The guys did well. Alex Claus had a solid meet, and Grant came off being sick all week long; so I was really happy with how he did. Overall, I’m happy; we’re right where we should be going into SECs.”

Up Next for the Gamecocks
The Gamecocks will lock in for the next two weeks before heading to Auburn for the 2020 SEC Championships starting on Feb. 18.

For more swimming updates, follow South Carolina Swimming and Diving on Twitter at @GamecockSwim.

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