USC sweeps Charleston
The South Carolina swimming and diving teams opened the season by sweeping College of Charleston. The swimming competition was at the Stern Center in Charleston, and divers competed in Columbia. The USC men won 178-109, while the women’s score was 166-129. The men claimed 14 first-place finishes, one ahead of the women’s total of 13.
The men were led by senior Matt Navata and junior Michael Covert, who each had three individual wins. Senior Michael Flach added a pair of wins.
Sophomore Ashleigh Ferguson, senior Abby Galbreath, freshman Victoria Mitchell and senior Amanda Rutqvist led the women’s team with two wins apiece as individuals.
Clemson fourth, USC 11th
At Chapel Hill, N.C., the South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 3-over 291 on Saturday at the UNC Finley Golf course to finish in a tie for 11th place after two rounds of the Tar Heel Invitational.
The Gamecocks have a two-round score of 590.
Justine Dreher carded a 1-under 71 for South Carolina to finish the day in a tie for 4th place at 3-under 141.Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey claimed the top spot on the leader board with a 7-under 137.
USC results: Justine Dreher 70-71—141; Sarah Schmelzel 75-74—149; Katelyn Dambaugh 79-72—151; Mary Fran Hillow 75-77—152; Samantha Swinehart 80-74—154
Team Standings: Duke 286-282—568; Alabama 299-281—580; Oklahoma 292-290—582; Vanderbilt 285-299—584; Clemson 297-287—584; Mississippi 292-293—585; Florida 298-288—586; Arkansas 296-291—587; Wake Forest 297-292—598; UNC 297-292—589; NC State 293-297—590; Auburn 291-299—590; South Carolina 299-291—590; Michigan State 300-292—592; LSU 295-298—593; Virginia 301-294—595; Notre Dame 305-294—599; Baylor 304-305—609.
Gamecocks crush Georgia
At The Plex Indoor Sports and Ice in Irmo, the USC hockey team routed Georgia 10-1 Friday night to remain undefeated in the SEC hockey conference. Seven Gamecocks scored, with junior Brett Topolski leading USC (6-3, 3-0) with a hat trick. Mike O’Donnell added two goals and an assist. ... At Burlington, Vt., Hayley Wickenheiser set up two goals, and goalie Shannon Szabados held on after a late brawl to help Canada beat the United States 3-2 in the opening game of the pre-Olympic tour.
IRON MAN TRIATHLON
Van Lierde, Carfrae finish first
At Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Belgium’s Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship, running down the leaders and bursting into the lead with less than 10 miles to go.
Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae took the women’s race for the second time, shaving nearly 2 minutes off the course record and lowering her own race marathon record by nearly 3 minutes.
In the men’s age 75-79 division, Columbia Bill Linder finished eighth in the swim competition with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes and 12 seconds.
Donovan, Jones dropped
Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were dropped from the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs. The U.S. clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month.
Federer, coach splitting
Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone. Federer, who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles, says on his website that he will stop working with Annacone after 31/2 years together. ... At Shanghai, Rafael Nadal lost his first match since reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week, falling to a resurgent Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters. The fifth-ranked del Potro will try to win his first Masters title on Sunday against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal 6-2, 7-5. ... At Linz, Austria, two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-4 to set up a final against top-seeded Angelique Kerber at the Generali Ladies. Kerber overpowered Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0 to reach her second final of the season. ... At Osaka, Japan, Samantha Stosur swept past American teenager Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final of the Japan Open. She will face 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, who beat Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-2.
From Staff and Wire Reports