CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston swimming competed well in the home debut of the 2012-13 season, putting up strong finishes against SEC power South Carolina.
The Gamecocks won the meet, earning a 146-109 advantage over the men, and a 140-117 margin against the CofC women.
Junior Sarah Boyle and freshman Alex Wood continued their strong seasons with first-place event victories against the tough Gamecocks. Boyle won the 100 butterfly with a time 1:05.73, and she also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.71. Boyle also finished second in the 200 backstroke (2:25.52).
Wood won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.02 and took third place in the 100 free (53.28). David Sherrier placed second in the 100 free, touching the wall in 52.55. He also garnered a third-place finish in the 400 free (4:08.90).
In diving action up at the campus of South Carolina, Peter Gibbons continued to best his own school records, setting new CofC marks in the one-meter (314.85) and three-meter dives (299.18). Gibbons placed fourth in both events to lead the CofC male divers. Freshman Megan Norton posted dive scores of 236.55 in the three-meter and 260.48 in the one-meter to finish third and fourth overall, respectively.
Sophomore Sarah Graif placed third in the women's 200 free (2:12.64), followed by teammates Mary Frances Babrowicz (2:12.74) and Ali Leberfinger (2:14.29). Graif also won the 50 free with a time of 26.75, and finished third in the 100 free at 59.61.
Sophomore Zack Lambert scored a time of 58.30 to place second in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Elijah Bohon finished two spots behind him with a time of 1:00.72. Bohon also took second place in the 200 backstroke.
Taylor Hollingsworth took second in the women's 100 breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1:17.20. Senior Gracie Herlong took second in the 200 butterfly (2:24.35), while Patrick Foos placed fourth in the men's 100 breaststroke (1:09.75).
Pablo Ortiz placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.50, and he won the 400 IM against only CofC competition with a time of 4:46.38.
In the relay events, the CofC ‘A' team finished just a half-second behind South Carolina in the 200 medley relay as Boyle, Hollingsworth, Alyssa Finn and Babrowicz put together a time of 2:03.31.
The men's ‘B' team posted a third-place time in the men's version of the relay with Michael McCarthy, Greg Karel, Ortiz and Wood getting a time of 1:48.35, less than a second ahead of CofC's ‘A' team.
College of Charleston will head to Charlotte, N.C., next weekend for the annual Wingate Fall Frenzy from November 16-18.