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.
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.