Cougar Swimming & Diving Sweeps SCAD, Campbell
CHARLESTON, SC Jan. 12, 2013 - The College of Charleston combined for 16 individual event titles in defeating Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) and Campbell in men’s and women’s swimming & diving action at the Stern Center Pool on Saturday.
The women’s team defeated Campbell by a score of 164.0-126.0, and also dispatched SCAD by a score of 216.0-73.0. The men defeated SCAD by a team score of 164.0-95.0.
“We competed well today,” head coach Bruce Zimmerman said. “These were our first dual meet victories of the season and it set the tone for a strong second half of the season.”
The Cougars were in high gear for Championship season with depth in most events and a number of first-place finishers across the board.
On the men’s side, sophomore Pablo Ortiz took home three first-place finishes swimming a 1:00.98 in the 100-meter back, clocking in at 2:09.31 in the 200-meter fly, and touching the wall in 2:13.72 in the 200-meter back.
Junior Dave Sherrier won the 100 freestyle (53.00) and the 200 freestyle (1:55.56) events, while classmates Greg Karel and Blake Buchanan rounded out the freestyle events with wins in the 50 free (24.04) and 800 free (8:42.84), respectively.
Senior Peter Gibbons earned his second zone qualifying performance by upping his own school record in the one-meter dive to 321.75. He also won the three-meter dive with a score of 287.10.
On the women’s side, junior Sarah Boyle won both of the backstroke events, earning a time of 1:04.37 in the 100 back, and 2:23.07 in the 200 back.
Freshman Taylor Hollingsworth won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.07, while the Cougar team of Meredith Smith, Layne Thornton, Groth and Graif won the 400 free relay with a time of 4:00.81. The Cougars also won the 200 medley relay as Boyle, Hollingsworth, Gracie Herlong and Graif combined for a time of 2:02.35.
College of Charleston concludes the 2012-13 home season next weekend with Parents Weekend and Senior Day at the Stern Center Pool. The Cougars will take on conference foe Gardner-Webb on Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.