2010-2011 South Carolina Gamecocks Swimming and Diving Preview
The South Carolina Gamecocks appear to be extremely young on both fronts entering this season. The men finished 8th last season in the highly competitive SEC, while the women finished 9th. However, the women did place in the NCAA Championships, earning a 39th place finish overall. This season looks to be another rocky season overall, as the lack of experience will catch up with the Gamecocks again.
The men's squad is severely depleted in terms of experience as they only return two seniors to the entire roster. This is offset by the fact that their sophomore and freshman classes look to be extremely deep and talented, and they could definitely challenge for the SEC crown in years to come. This year will be all about gaining experience and producing great individual stats for next season, when I think the men will really be a dangerous bunch.
The women's squad is not very diverse, and their greatest strength- diving- is actually their only real strength coming into this season. Senior Taryn Zack looks to make the most of her final year as a Gamecock, and should perform splendidly in every outing that she takes part in. There will be more individual awards than team awards for this group, but they should gain valuable experience that they can use in the next feew season to really challenge for the SEC title.
Both men and women's teams have major holes in their line-ups, and they do not have much experience to work off of. I think another 8th place finish for the men (which is the cellar in the SEC in men's swimming and diving) is about the highest they can finish without pulling a few upsets. The women should keep themselves out of the cellar by finishing 9th once again.
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