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Richard "Rick" Lewis Havekost
1987 Graduate of West Florence High School
1991 Graduate of University of South Carolina with degree in Business Administration.
Lettered in Swimming and Cross Country at WF
SCHS State Champion in the 50 & 100 free as a Senior:
High School All American in swimming in the 50 free event as a Senior.
Broke 7 State swimming records as a Senior
Still holds the SC State Record in 100 free for 22 years
Placed second at the Junior Nationals in the 50 yd freestyle.
Three time National Junior Olympic qualifier and finished second in 1987 in the 50 &
100 yd freestyle
Finished in the top 5 in the National USA Swimming meet in the 50 & 100 freestyle
and was ranked 5th in United States
While at the University of Nebraska, finished 2nd in the 50 yd freestyle with a time of 20.60 in the Big 8 Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships
and Olympic Trials in 1988. Also qualified for trials in 1992 at USC.
Team won the Big 8 Conference Championship as he led the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team and also qualified for the NCAA Championships in this event in1988.
Lettered in 1988 & 1989 at Nebraska and 1990 &1991 at USC.
All American at Nebraska and All Big 8 = 1988 & 89. 1990 & 91 All American at USC. All Metro and was three time Metro champion in the 50 free, 100 free & 100 backstroke.
Transferred to the University of South Carolina and team set the school record for 200 yard Freestyle Relay in 1991which still stands.
Still holds the fastest time ever in 50 free split time at USC at 19.26. Fastest in the USA in 1991.