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College of Charleston Takes Nine First-Place Finishes At UNC-Wilmington

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          Release: 01/14/2012
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WILMINGTON, N.C. - In a non-conference meet against regional rival UNC-Wilmington, the College of Charleston swimming and diving teams picked up nine first-place finishes on Saturday afternoon.

The Seahawks won the points battle as the men led CofC, 168-121, and the women won, 183-109.

Diver Peter Gibbons picked up a first place finish with a season-best score of 264.90 in the 1-meter dive. He also finished second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 237.60.

Sophomore Chris Verboncoeur took first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:49.12. He also finished third in the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.29. Freshman Pablo Ortiz finished right in front of Verbonceour in the 200 fly (1:55.57), while winning the 400 IM (4:12.73) and placing fourth in the 200 back (1:59.93).

Freshman Mike McCarthy won the 100 fly (54.48) and finished third in the 100 back (54.47). Senior Matt Sherrier placed second in the 1000 free (9:45.02) and fourth in the 100 free (47.76). His brother, David, took second in the 200 free (1:43.75) and 500 free (4:54.39). Sophomore Nick Alonso placed third in the 200 breast (2:17.23).

The Cougars won the 200 free relay as both Sherriers combined with Greg Karel and Brantley Reynolds for a time of 1:26.84.

On the women's side, Gracie Herlong took first place in the 200 fly (2:08.46) and Sarah Boyle finished first in the 100 fly (59.76), third in the 200 back (2:08.99), and fourth in the 100 back (59.43). Madison Tarleton also compiled a first-place finish in the 400 IM (4:47.15).

Freshman Annie Berdusco finished second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:52.44 and third in the 500 free (5:18.36). Sarah Graif placed second in the 100 free (53.39), and Meredith Smith finished third in 200 free (1:59.87). Hailey Neivergelt and Mary Frances Babrowicz each picked third-place finishes in the 200 breast (2:36.53) and 50 free (24.95), respectively.

Senior Alyssa Maschi took third place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 196.95.

The women's 200 free relay took first place as Graif, Haley Horkey, Smith and Babrowicz combined for a time of 1:40.68.

The Cougars will compete in the season's penultimate meet on Jan. 28 at Gardner-Webb. The CCSA Championships will be held on Feb. 16-18 at the University of Georgia.

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