Jan. 16, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Vanderbilt's swimming and diving team returns to the pool for the first time in eight weeks this Saturday as it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on the Gamecocks of South Carolina in dual meet action at 1 p.m., from the Carolina Natatorium. Saturday's dual with South Carolina marks the first and only conference dual meet of the season for the Commodores.
The only previous meeting between the two SEC schools came in 1992 when South Carolina defeated the Commodores 156-130. USC is coming off a sweep of Duke and Davidson last weekend in a double-dual meet in Durham, N.C.
The Commodores are coming off a strong fall season under third-year head coach Jeremy Organ. In the last meet of the fall season, the `Dores posted their best meet of the 2008 season at the Hilltopper Invitational en route to setting numerous personal record times.
Standout freshman Laura Dillon broke Susan Hahm's 19-year-old school record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.00, topping Hahm's previous record of 2:22.95. Hahm's record had been untouched since it was set in 1989. Fellow freshman Allie Voss joined Dillon with a top-three finish in the 200 breaststroke after swimming a season-high 2:26.78.
Dillon, a native of Reston, Va., became the second Vanderbilt freshman in consecutive seasons to set a school record. Sophomore Leigh-Ann Axt rewrote the Commodore record books last season by setting school records in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly.
Sophomore Jennifer Molchan closed out the fall season slate by posting a personal best time (52.78), to finish in fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle. Molchan's time of 52.78 just missed Leslie Holt's 18-year-old school record of 52.38. Kelly Obranowicz joined Molchan with a season-high time of her own in the 100-yard freestyle (53.64), to finish seventh out of 18 swimmers.
Live results will be available through GamecocksOnline.com via Sports Timing.