Video courtesy Jack Smith
The University of South Carolina swimming and diving team posted this video from their winter training, proving that swimmers can still train hard and have fun without a tropical training trip.
During their winter training, the team competed in a dual against Duke University. Duke took the wins in both the men’s (154-146) and women’s (187-113) competition.
Big wins for the Gamecocks in the Duke dual came from Julia Vincent (1 meter: 323.7, 3 meter 319.8), Jordan Gotro (1 meter: 331.73, 3 meter 380.33), Emma Barksdale (1000 free: 9:51.14), Cody Bekemeyer (1000 free: 9:10.81), Kevin Leithold (200 free: 1:40.24), Nils Wich-Glasen (100 breast: 54.74, 200 breast: 1:58.88, 200 IM 1:49.93), Kersten Dirrane (200 breast: 2:17.25, 200 IM: 2:05.84), and Akaram Mahmoud (500 free: 4:30.09).
In the second half of their season, South Carolina will face off against the likes of Vanderbilt, Queens, UNC Wilmington, Wingate, East Carolina, and William and Mary. They will end off the season with SEC Championships in Columbia, Missouri February 16-20. Those who qualify will move on to NCAA Division I Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, March 17-19 for the women and March 24-26 for the men. Last season, the Gamecock men finished seventh and the women finished eleventh in the SEC.