Gamecock Invitational: Amy Riordan, Greta Pelzek Add Second Wins on Day 2
South Carolina’s Amy Riordan and Greta Pelzek added their second individual wins of the meet on Day 2 of the Gamecock Invitational Thursday.
Riordan added a win in the 200 freestyle to her 500 free crown from a day earlier. Pelzek, the 200 IM champ, won the 100 butterfly in an event where South Carolina took home the top three spots. It continued a trend of domination by South Carolina’s women’s team and the University of Tampa’s men.
Riordan went 1:45.00 in the 200 free, a winning margin of 3.52 seconds over teammate Ellery Ottem. Pelzek won the 100 fly in 52.10, followed to the wall by Nicholle Toh (52.83) and Jordan Agliano.
Both Riordan and Pelzek were on the Gamecocks’ 200 medley relay that finished second in an SC 1-2. The squad of Bella Pantano, Lienfang Yu, Toh and Dylan Scholes won in 1:38.49.
Meaghan Harnish won the 400 individual medley for South Carolina in a time of 4:14.36, .31 seconds up on teammate Laura Goettler. The Gamecocks took five of the top six spots in that event. Yu was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.69.
Pantano won the 100 backstroke in 53.04 seconds, edging out Scholes by .06.
Agliano, Riordan, Ottem and Scholes capped the night by winning the 800 free relay in 7:11.56, a margin of 7.5 seconds over SC’s B team.
Vanderbilt’s Faith Knelson got the Commodores a win with a time of 1:01.51 in the 100 breast. Ellie Taliaferro finished third in the 200 free.
Gil Shaw of UNC Wilmington finished third in the women’s 100 breast, and Karsen Pena was third in the 400 IM.
Tampa’s men kept on the gas pedal with three individual and two relay wins. Santiago Corredor added to his 500 free title by winning the 400 IM in 3:45.16. Adrian Aguilar outpaced the field in the 100 fly with a time of 47.65. Jacob Hamlin made it three wins on the trot with a time of 1:36.17 in the 200 free.
Tampa’s 200 medley relay of Parker Knollman (second in the 100 back), Jared Mindek, Aguilar and Blake Moran won in 1:26.33, edging out South Carolina. Hamlin, Knollman, Caleb Brandon (third in the 200 free) and Corredor went 6:29.14 to win the 800 free relay by more than five seconds.
Michael Laitarovsky had a busy day for South Carolina. He won the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.28 seconds after finishing second in the 100 fly in 47.21. He also led off SC’s second-place medley relay.
Liam Kerns won the 100 breast in 54.43, edging out Justin Bender of Garnder Webb by .02 seconds. The top six in the 100 breast were spaced .31 seconds apart.
UNCW’s William Carrico finished second in the 400 IM, with Kyle Johnson third in the 100 fly.