Cougars Head To CCSA Championships With High Hopes

ATHENS, GA Feb. 20, 2013 – College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams head to the University of Georgia and the Gabrielsen Natatorium for the 2013 CCSA Championships. Action begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 and continues through Saturday, Feb. 23.

College of Charleston's men's and women's swimming & diving

The Cougar men’s team will look to defend its 2012 championship title, while the women will aim to improve on last season’s seventh place finish and program-best 267 points. The men’s team also won the championship in 2008 and 2009. Three titles is more than any other men’s squad in the five-year history of the CCSA.

Last season, the Cougars’ men’s and women’s squads combined for 12 new school records, 23 top-three finishes and six gold medals.

Senior Peter Gibbons will look to defend his CCSA titles in the one- and three-meter dives. He is a four-time All-Conference honoree in both dives and a two-time Male Diver of the Year. Gibbons has held school records in the one- and three-meter dives for several seasons, and became the first Cougar diver to qualify for the NCAA Zones meet.

The CofC men will look to be near the top of the freestyle sprint events behind the strong swimming of juniors Greg Karel and Dave Sherrier and freshman Alex Wood. All three are near the top of the CCSA Top 16 rankings in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. Jackson Marine and Mike McCarthy lead the conference in the 50 and 100 backstroke events.

Sophomore Pablo Ortiz will return to defend his title in the 200 butterfly, where he set a new school record last year with a time of 1:50.80.

On the women’s side, junior Sarah Boyle will be aiming to win the 200 backstroke yet again after setting a new school record in the event last season. She also ranks third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 100 fly.

School-record holder Sarah Graif ranks second in the conference in the 50 free and 100 free, while classmate Jayme Groth will also be a contender to score points in those events.

The CCSA conference will provide streaming video of the entire three-day meet for a cost of $7.95. Individual daily packages cost $4.95. Fans can sign up by clicking here.