Swimming and Diving

The University of Miami swimming and diving team dropped a non-conference meet to visiting South Carolina, 202-98, Saturday afternoon at the Norman Whitten Student Union Pool.

The Hurricanes (3-4 overall, 0-3 ACC) returned to the pool for their second meet in as many days to face the Gamecocks.

“I was pleased with their performance considering they swam back-to-back meets,” said Head Coach Mariusz Podkoscielny. “However, they need to do a better job of finishing their races.”

“We lost to one of the Top 15 teams in the nation,” Podkoscielny continued. “I’m proud of their performance this week.”

The Hurricanes opened up the meet with a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The relay team of Katalin Ferenczi, Colleen Adkins, Nancy Gajos and Taylor McFarlane combined for a total time of 3:58.61.

Freshman Taylor McFarlane came in first in the 200-yard backstroke, out touching the second place finisher with a time of 2:05.46. Classmate Lauren Shue followed suit with a first place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.70.

Freshman Jenna Dreyer continued her success on the boards after taking first in the three-meter with a score of 305.40. She also garnered second place on the one-meter board with a 289.42.

Senior Manon Van Rooijen placed second in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.35) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.14).

“We only have five days before we head to the Georgia Tech Invitational,” Podkoscielny concluded. “We need to focus on what we need to do to get ready for next week. I’m excited about swimming in Georgia Tech since the ACC Championships will be held at their pool. We should have some solid swimming next weekend.”

The Hurricanes will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for the Georgia Tech Invitational, which will take place Nov. 19 through the 21.

Women’s Cross-Country

University of Miami junior Melanie Schultz placed 22nd in a time of 21:52.56 to earn All-South Region honors at the 2004 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Schultz, who earns All-Region honors for the first time of her career, has been the Hurricanes top finisher in all six meets this season, and in 11 of the last 12 races dating back to last season.

Senior Marilyn Ruiz also placed in the top-100 finishing 93rd completing the 6K course a time of 23:22.66.

As a team the Hurricanes placed 19th with 498 points. Tennessee won the team title with 78 points.