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CofC Men Top Gardner-Webb, Women Clipped On Second Day
Release: 01/19/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's swimmers and divers won an emotional meet over CCSA rival Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon, while the women were clipped by less than 10 points. CofC's men won by a score of 176-171, while the women fell, 176.5-167.5.

The Cougars and Bulldogs men's teams were tied going into the final event of the day, the 400-meter freestyle relay, thanks to a clean sweep by the Cougars in the diving events. The Cougar foursome of Alex Wood, Eric Craig, Greg Karel and Dave Sherrier never trailed throughout the whole relay and the Cougars celebrated victory when Sherrier touched the wall in 3:30.44.

"I'm very proud of our fight and competitiveness this weekend," head coach Bruce Zimmerman said. "Meets like this prepare you for the tough competition of the CCSA Championships in a month. I thought that we performed well and came together when the meet was on the line."

Entering the second day with a slim four-point lead, the Cougars picked up big points in the 50 freestyle sprint with the freshman Wood edging Karel in the final meter to win the event in 24.11. Karel took second with a time of 24.14.

Freshman Elijah Bohon finished third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.44) and Nick Alonso and Henry Loong picked up second-place and fourth-place points, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke.

Sophomore Pablo Ortiz fought off a strong Gardner-Webb push to take first place in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.76, while Sherrier and Wood took first place and third place in the 200 meter freestyle with times of 1:55.44 and 1:56.49, respectively. Ortiz also took second place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:41.31.

Senior Peter Gibbons scored 315.15 on the one-meter dive board, followed by CofC's Michael Topitzer (231.45) and Victor Bennett (178.35) to set up the drama in the final relay.

On the women's side, freshman Lydia Renn won the 1650 freestyle (17:56.75), and sophomore Sarah Graif and Jayme Groth took first (26.89) and second (27.50) in the 50-meter freestyle.

Junior Sarah Boyle won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:05.60, and was followed by Audrey Rittenhouse (1:08.55) who placed third and Madison Tarleton (1:09.80) who placed fourth.

Sophomore Liz Mooney placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:51.43) and Erin Steffen placed sixth (2:52.18).

Boyle took second place in the 100 fly while freshman Maly Taylor came in third (1:06.49) and senior Gracie Herlong placed fourth (1:06.72). Junior Meredith Smith placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:10.45, and Tarleton placed third in the 400 IM.

Freshman Megan Norton won the one-meter dive with a score of 221.70, followed by Nicole DeMarco (217.80) and Sara Weddington (167.40).
The Cougars won the women's 400 free relay as Groth, Smith, Mary Frances Babrowicz and Graif combined for a time of 3:58.09.

At the beginning of the meet on Friday, the College of Charleston coaching staff recognized the outstanding leadership and accomplishments of the senior class which includes: Eric Craig, Peter Gibbons, Jackie Tully, Gracie Herlong, Ali Leberfinger and Jordan Fogarty.

College of Charleston will hit the pool again next weekend with a meet at South Carolina against the Gamecocks, Queens and Wingate.

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