UNC swim and dive swept the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in a dual meet on Saturday inside Koury Natatorium with a score of 179-115 on the men’s side and 178-122 on the women’s side.
The Tar Heels swept the South Carolina Gamecocks in their third dual meet of the season. The Tar Heels’ men and women both improved to 3-0.
The Tar Heels started off the meet with a loss in the women’s 400-yard medley relay. Shortly thereafter, the Tar Heel men exploded in the men’s 400-yard medley relay, making it North Carolina’s first event win of the match. Sophomore Walker Davis, sophomore Dylan Citta, junior Boyd Poelke, and fifth-year senior Tomas Sungalia swam the relay and came out on top by more than eight seconds.
In the next event, first-year Aislin Farris picked up North Carolina’s first women’s victory of the day. Farris won the women’s 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:12.89. First-year Lily Reader placed second in the event, swimming a 10:13.19. This is her fastest time in this event all season.
After a period of alternating event wins, the Tar Heels started to build momentum. Sophomore Skyler Smith won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.94- this is her best time in this event all season. Citta won the 100-yard breaststroke for the men’s side, completing the sweep of the 100-yard breaststroke for the Tar Heels. After this event, the Tar Heels won seven straight events. Through 14 events, UNC led the Gamecocks 84-47 on the men’s side and 74-57 on the women’s side.
The rest of the meet was nonetheless competitive, but North Carolina’s early wins and contributions from diving pushed them over the edge.
Who stood out?
Citta and Smith swept both of their individual breaststroke events (100-yard and 200-yard) for the Tar Heels. Sungalia also had an impressive outing, coming in first in both of his individual freestyle events. This includes the 50-yard freestyle, which was arguably one of the most competitive races of the meet.