Johnson, Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither set USC 4x200m relay record.
Johnson, Ndipagpor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Ndipagpor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither set USC 4x200m relay record.
THIS YEAR: Redshirt senior All-American sprinter Tynia Gaither is her final season of running track for USC, following her transfer from Georgia after the 2013 season. She ranks tied for eighth on USC's all-time 200m dash list anchored the second and third-fastest 4x100m relays in USC history.
2015: Established a 100m PR of 11.27 (+1.1) to take second at the Pac-12 Championships on May 17...that time is 11th on USC's all-time list. She also won the 200m dash title the same day at the conference meet with a time of 22.97 (+0.7). She advanced out the NCAA West Regional in the 100m with the eighth-fastest time of 11.32 (+2.5w), but had to pull out of the 200m quarterfinals with an injured right hamstring hurt while running the 4x100m. Injured halfway through the anchor leg, she assured that her teammates would advance by more or less hopping down the stretch and willing herself to the finish to hold off the opposition. She anchored the 4x100m relay which won the Pac-12 title on May 17 with a meet-record time of 43.10, third all-time by a Trojan quartet. She set indoor PRs in the 60m (7.23) and the 200m (23.19) during the indoor season. She won the 200m (23.51) and placed third with a PR in the 60m (7.23) at the MPSF Championships. She went on to finish 11th in the 200m (23.43) and 13th in the 60m (7.44) at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
2014: In her first season at USC she quickly established herself as one of the top sprinters on the West Coast and in the country. Gaither anchored USC's 4x100m relay team which ran 43.00 to place second at the NCAA Championship and second on the Trojans' all-time list, .04 seconds off the school record. She placed sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.05 (+2.2w) and eight in the 100m with a time of 11.73 (-3.4) at the NCAA Championships. She placed third in the 100m (11.44) and 200m (23.07) at the Pac-12 Championships. She won both events at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4, running 11.45 in the 100m and 23.34 in the 200m. She set a then 100m legal PR of 11.41 (+0.5) in tying for seventh at the Florida Relays on April 4. Set a 200m PR of 22.88 (+1.5) in qualifying fifth at the NCAA West Regional on May 31. She had wind-aided PRs of 11.23 (+2.2w) in the 100m in the NCAA semifinals and 22.80 (+3.0w) in the 200m at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19. She also anchored USC's 4x400m relay which posted the third-fastest time in school history of 3:29.42 at the Florida Relays on April 5. Earned indoor All-America honors by placing sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.41. She took second in the 60m and 200m to help USC win the MPSF Conference title in its first season running in the conference.
2013: Gaither placed 12th at the 2013 NCAA championships in the 200m dash as a sophomore with a time of 23.23. During the 2013 regular season Gaither had a 200m time of 23.21 which ranked tied for 13th in the country and a best 100m time of 11.51 which tied for 21st in the country. Gaither had a season-best 100m dash of 11.42 at the East Preliminary Rounds, but missed advancing to the NCAA Championships in the event by less than a hundredth of a second. That time ranks eighth all-time by a Georgia female in the 100m dash. Her 23.21 200m time ranks sixth on Georgia's all-time list. She also had a strong indoor campaign, finishing fourth in the 60-meter dash (7.49) and was ninth in the 200 (24.12) at the Razorback Invite...Matched her personal best in the 60 (7.49) for sixth place at the VT Elite Meet...Won the Open 200 at the VT Elite Meet after clocking a 24.29...Registered a personal-best time of 23.66 in the 200 prelims before taking seventh in the finals at the SEC Championships...Part of distance medley relay that set a school record by taking fifth at the Alex Wilson Invite with an 11:03.27...Also earned runner-up honors in the 200 at the Alex Wilson Invite with a time of 23.67... Ran on the distance medley relay team at the NCAA Championships that finished 10th with a time of 11:12.49 (No. 2 in school history).
2012: Won the 100-meter run with a time of 11.87 and was third in the 200 (24.17) at the Spec Towns Invite...Clocked a career-best 11.86 in the 100 to take 32nd at the Florida Relays while also taking 17th in the 200 (24.52). During the indoor season she placed ninth in the 200-meter dash with the sixth-best time in school history (24.15) and 14th in the 60 prelims (7.57) at the Auburn Invitational...Was named SEC Women's Freshman of the Week after winning the 200 (24.38), clocking a personal-best time of 7.56 in the 60 and running a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team as they finished in 3:54.15 at the Tiger Paw Invitational...Shot to fourth in the school record books in both the 60 (7.43) and the 200 (23.72) before taking sixth in the 200 finals at the SEC Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Gaither is from Kissimmee, Fla. and attended Osceola High. She won back-to-back state titles in the 200m dash in 2010 and 2011. She also won a sliver medal in the 200m race at the World Youth Games and was on the gold medal-winning sprint medley relay team. Gaither was born in the Bahamas and represented that country at the CARIFTA Games and finished fifth in the 100m. She took fourth at the 2010 Bahamas National Championships in the 100m and 200m.
PERSONAL: Tynia was born on March 16, 1993 in Freeport, Bahamas...Her parents are Sabrina Johnson and Tony Gaither and she has a brother, Hashim...Her hobbies include working with children...Her favorite foods are pizza, pasta and seafood...Her sports hero is Shelly-Ann Fraser Price who reminds her of herself...Would like to visit Singapore someday...She is a Sociology major at USC.
CAREER BESTS: 100m - 11.27 200m - 22.88