STATESBORO, Ga. - The College of Charleston swimming and diving teams travel to Statesboro, Ga., for Saturday afternoon competition. The women will swim against Georgia Southern and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The men will have a one-on-one meet with SCAD.
"For the women's team, Georgia Southern is a big rival and we've been back and forth over the past couple years with many meets coming down to the last event," said head coach Bruce Zimmerman. "We don't know as much about SCAD with their new coach and a lot of new names on the roster, but the men's team has been a national powerhouse (NAIA) and they beat us two years ago the last time we swam them."
The women's team (1-1) was defeated by Virginia Tech but dominated conference-opponent Radford in its opening meet. The women won all 14 swimming events over the Highlanders and swept the top three finishes in six.
"We had a good meet last week at Virginia Tech," said Zimmerman. "We knew Virginia Tech was very strong so our focus was on dominating Radford. We won all the swimming events and our times are ahead of our performance times from a year ago so I like how things are going."
Boyle also won the 100-yard backstroke (59.81) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.26).
Gracie Herlong won the 500-yard freestyle with a nearly 10-second cushion when she posted a 5:28.93 time.
The men's team (0-1) fell to a premier programming in Virginia Tech last weekend but had a lot to be proud of against the Hokies. The Cougars garnered two weekly conference honors as Matt Sherrier was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week and Peter Gibbons was named the CCSA Co-Diver of the Week.
Gibbons bested the three-meter diving event with a 233.5 mark.