GREENVILLE, N.C. - The College of Charleston swimming & diving teams picked up six first-place finishes and numerous second-place finishes, but that was not enough to overcome the talented East Carolina Pirates in the penultimate meet of the 2012-13 season.
The Pirates outscored the men, 176-117, while the women were defeated, 193-101.
The Cougars swept the 200 IM events with junior Patrick Foos taking first (1:57.27) on the men's side, and senior Gracie Herlong taking first (2:17.22) on the women's side. Foos also won the 200 breaststroke event with a time of 2:13.00.
Charleston took first and second place in the 200 freestyle with junior David Sherrier winning the event in 1:42.09, and freshman Alex Wood finishing right behind him (1:42.93). Wood also took second in the 50 freestyle (21.54), while Sherrier finished third in the 100 freestyle (47.39).
Sophomore Sarah Graif scored a number of points for the women as she placed second in the 50 free (24.19), 100 free (52.93) and fourth in the 200 free (1:55.64). She was trailed in the 50 free by Mary Frances Babrowicz (24.63) and Jayme Groth (24.66) who took third and fourth place, respectively.
Junior Sarah Boyle also picked up multiple second-place finishes in the 100 back (58.42), the 200 back (2:07.47) and the 100 butterfly (58.95).
Sophomore Michael McCarthy placed second in the 100 butterfly (52.79), and third in the 100 backstroke (53.75).
Josh Shaffer took second place in the 1000 free with a time of 9:53.15, and Greg Karel hit the wall second in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.58). Sophomore Pablo Ortiz placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:54.37).
In the diving events, senior Peter Gibbons placed fourth in the one-meter dive (280.57) and third in the three-meter (285.00). Freshman Megan Norton finished fourth in the three-meter (222.53) and fifth in the one-meter (215.70).
The men's and women's 200 freestyle relay both took first place, while the men's 200 medley relay of McCarthy, Nick Alonso, Chris Verboncoeur and Wood took second (1:37.40).
College of Charleston will have two weeks off before traveling to the University of Georgia for the 2013 CCSA Championships on Feb. 21-23.