Rising junior Luke Massey is leaving Tennessee after two seasons and heading to South Carolina. Massey is a breaststroke/sprint specialist, who has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 breast.
While at Tennessee, Massey established his personal bests in the SCY 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 free, 100 free, and 200 IM, as well as the LCM 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 free, and 100 free. Here are Massey’s personal bests in his primary events:
- SCY 100 breast – 54.29
- SCY 200 breast – 2:00.37
- SCY 50 free – 20.83
- SCY 100 free – 45.69
- LCM 100 breast – 1:02.42
- LCM 200 breast – 2:23.34
- LCM 50 free – 24.71
Massey’s personal best in the 100 breast would have made him the 3rd fastest swimmer on South Carolina’s roster last year. South Carolina’s top two breaststrokers, Itay Goldfaden (51.35) and Lionel Khoo (53.16), were both seniors last season, and will not be returning to the team in the Fall. Massey didn’t compete at SECs during either of his seasons with Tennessee, however, he will all but certainly make the SEC team at South Carolina next season. His 100 breast is just outside what it took to return to finals at SECs this past season (54.08).
South Carolina is facing a rebuild of their medley relays, both of which achieved NCAA B cuts at SECs last season. The Gamecocks’ 400 medley relay came in 4th at SECs last year, coming within a second of the NCAA A cut. Unfortunately, the only returning leg from those medleys is anchor Lewis Burras. Burras was a stunner at SECs this past season, anchoring the 200 medley in 18.75, and the 400 medley in 41.58.