ATHENS, GA Feb. 21, 2013 – After the first day of the CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, the Cougar men sit in second place with 227.5 points, while the women are currently sixth with 93.5 points.
The Cougars set four new school records, three in the relay events, after the first day of preliminary and final events.
In the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay, Sarah Graif, Meredith Smith, Mary Frances Babrowicz and Jayme Groth set a new school with a third-place time of 1:32.96. The men’s team also set a new school record in the event, with Alex Wood, Patrick Foos, Dave Sherrier and Greg Karel taking first place with a time of 1:21.47.
Senior diver Peter Gibbons began his defense of his 2012 Diver of the Year honor by winning the three-meter dive with a score of 289.90. Junior Michael Topitzer came in third with a score of 223.25.
In the premier sprint event of the night, freshman Alex Wood won the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.48. Junior Greg Karel came in right behind him with a third-place time of 20.84.
Sophomore sprinter Graif bested her own school record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.02, tying her for fourth place. Classmate Groth took seventh with a time of 23.17.
Sherrier finished second in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle race, hitting the wall in 4:32.35. Chris Verboncoeur placed third (1:50.50) in the 200 IM and Patrick Foos took fourth (1:52.94) in the same race.
The women’s 400 medley relay, Sarah Boyle, Jackie Tully, Groth and Graif set a new school with a fourth-place time of 3:47.38.
Action continues on Friday morning at the University of Georgia with events beginning at 10 a.m.