ATHENS, Ga. Feb. 23, 2013 - The College of Charleston men’s swimming & diving team finished second behind Davidson with 833.5 points, while the women posted the best team effort in program history with a fourth-place finish and school-record 353.5 points at the CCSA Championships.
Over the whole weekend, the Cougars set 21 new school records, two meet and conference records, and garnered three different individual awards.
Senior diver Peter Gibbons was named the Male Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet for the third-straight year as he won both the one- and three-meter dives, setting a new conference record with his score of 320.45 in the one-meter dive.
Freshman Alex Wood won Most Outstanding Freshman of the Meet after setting a new conference record in the 100-free prelims on Saturday morning with a time of 44.91. Wood won the 50-free and 100-free finals and placed second in the 200-free. He also swam the first leg of the first-place 200-free relay.
Cougars’ first-year diving coach Stephen Julka was named the Male Diving Coach of the Year after leading Gibbons to his third-straight Diving championship.
Wood won the 100-free finals with a time of 45.16 and was followed by teammates Dave Sherrier (45.69) and Greg Karel (45.82).
Sophomore Pablo Ortiz set a new school record with his first-place time of 1:49.55 in the 200-butterfly. Chris Verboncoeur came in second in the event with a time of 1:49.85.
Freshman Elijah Bohon set a new school record with his time of 1:49.70 in the prelims of the 200 back. He finished third in the finals with a time of 1:50.06.
The CofC men set a new school record in the 400-free relay as Wood, Eric Craig, Karel and Sherrier placed second with a time of 3:02.71.
In the women’s 100 freestyle, Sarah Graif continued her strong meet with a school-record time of 50.28 to finish in third place. On Friday, Graif became the first female swimmer to ever hit an NCAA ‘B’ Qualifying time which she got in the lead-off leg of the 200-free relay with a time of 22.91. Jayme Groth finished fourth in the 100-free with a time of 50.37.
Freshman Maly Taylor set a new school record in the 200 butterfly with her fifth-place finish and time of 2:04.00 in the prelims. Junior Sarah Boyle finished fourth in the 200 back with a time of 2:00.65.
The women’s 400 free relay team of Groth, Meredith Smith, Mary Frances Babrowicz and Graif set a new school-record time of 3:24.00, coming in second place.
The Cougars’ 21 new school records are the most set in any CCSA Championship meet since the programs entered the conference in 2008.