Courtesy: South Carolina Athletics
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina swimming & diving head coach Jeff Poppell has announced the addition of seven transfers for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
“We are very excited about the addition of these seven outstanding transfers to our team,” said Poppell. “When you review their past accomplishments and also take the time to get to know them personally, it’s clear to see the type of strong and immediate impact that they will make within our program.”
Rateb joins the team after spending his undergraduate career at Florida Atlantic University, primarily swimming freestyle and butterfly sprint events. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Rateb holds three FAU program records as well as four FAU freshman records. At the CCSA Championships, Rateb holds silver medals in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 800 free relay as well as bronze medals in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay. He was the CCSA Swimmer of the Year for the 2021-22 season and the 2022 CCSA Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Championship Meet.
Kahl of Helsingbord, Sweden, comes to South Carolina after spending his first two years of eligibility at the University of Alabama, specializing in the breaststroke. During both of his seasons with the Crimson Tide, Kahl earned points for the team at the SEC Championships in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM with his best career finish coming in the 200 breast where he placed 13th in both 2022 and 2023. His career-best time of 1:55.48 in the 200 breast would have been the fastest on South Carolina’s men’s team in 2022-23 and would make him the third fastest swimmer in program history.
Sumida comes to Columbia from the University of Louisville where she spent her undergraduate career. A native of Marilia, Brazil, Sumida is an all-around swimmer, having qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 200 and 400 IM, as well as the 200 fly and 500 free. Sumida is a two-time NCAA Qualifier and was a consistent scorer for the Cardinals at the ACC championships during her four years with the team.
Murray of Preston, England, makes Columbia the third stop of her collegiate career, having spent her first two seasons at Florida State and most recently completing a season at Utah Tech. While with the Seminoles, Murray scored for the team at the ACC Championships, primarily swimming the backstroke and butterfly events. During her stint with the Bison, Murray rewrote the record books, claiming records in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay. At the 2023 WAC Championships, Murray earned gold medals in the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back, and the 400 medley relay as well as a silver medal in the 200 medley relay and a bronze in the 400 free relay. She was named the 2022-23 WAC Swimmer of the Year for her efforts.
Curry, a 2023 SEC Champion, joins the Gamecocks after completing her first two collegiate seasons at LSU. Originally from Dunwoody, Ga., Curry primarily swims freestyle spring events. Her SEC title came in the 2023 edition of the Championships where she was the third leg of the winning 200 free relay team, swimming a 22.23 split. Curry has a personal best time of 49.87 in the 100 free which would have been the second fastest on South Carolina’s 2022-23 team.
Gormley of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, comes to South Carolina after a season at Kentucky. While with the Wildcats Gormley racked up five top-five finishes in dual meets, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 100 fly and a third-place finish in the 1000 free. She clocked a personal-best time of 1:57.67 in the 200 fly at February’s Ohio State Winter Invite which would have qualified her for the B-final at the 2023 SEC Championships. Gormley is an Olympic Trial qualifier for Team Canada.
Agliano joined the Gamecocks in January after a semester at Kentucky but will see her first action in the Garnet & Black beginning this fall. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Agliano appeared in three dual meets for Kentucky in the fall of 2022. She primarily swims the middle-distance freestyle and butterfly events. Agliano is a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and recently placed first in both the 100 and 200 meter butterfly events at the USA Swimming Futures Championship in Ocala, Fla.