ATHENS, Ga. - College of Charleston continued to improve on its program's all-time marks with eight new school records and a new meet record on the second day of the CCSA Championships at the University of Georgia.
College of Charleston senior Peter Gibbons diver set a new meet and conference record in the one-meter dive as he took first place with a score of 320.45. Gibbons has already become the first Cougar diver to qualify for the NCAA Zones meet next month.
Chris Verboncoeur set a new school record with his second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (49.36), and Pablo Ortiz set a new school mark in the 400 IM with a third-place time of 3:59.02.
Sophomore Jayme Groth took third place in the women's 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 55.48. Junior Sarah Boyle took fourth place in the event with a time of 55.60. Boyle also reset her own school record in the 100 backstroke with a fourth-place time of 55.83.
The Cougars took sixth place in the women's 200 freestyle with sophomore Sarah Graif's school-record time of 1:51.57.
Freshman Alex Wood continued his strong debut in the CCSA Championships, following up his win in the 50 freestyle yesterday with a second-place finish (1:39.44) in the 200 freestyle. Junior David Sherrier finished in third place (1:39.53) and Josh Shaffer took fourth place (1:40.88).
Mike McCarthy finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.53, while Greg Karel took fourth place in the 100 breaststroke in 57.83.
College of Charleston set three new school records in the four relays that competed on Friday. The men's 800 freestyle relay took second with a school-record time of 6:41.70, powered by Wood, Verboncoeur, Shaffer and Sherrier.
The women's 800 free relay team of Meredith Smith, Skye Reeder, Annie Berdusco and Graif set a new school record with a seventh-place time of 7:38.45, while the women's 200 medley relay team of Audrey Rittenhouse, Taylor Hollingsworth, Boyle and Groth turned in a school-record time of 1:44.39 to tie for fourth.
The men's 200 medley relay team placed third with Mike McCarthy, Karel, Verboncoeur and Sherrier touching the wall in 1:31.25.
The Cougar men's team still sits in second place with 567.5, trailing Davidson's 629.5 points in first place. The women remain in sixth place with 223.5 points.
The CCSA Championships conclude tomorrow with preliminaries and 10 a.m., and the finals at 6 p.m.