CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The College of Charleston men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams wrapped up the fall season with the conclusion of the Wingate Fall Frenzy late Sunday night.
The CofC men’s team was edged by Queens University of Charlotte and finished second out of the eight teams with 785.5 points. The women’s team finished strong to garner a third-place finish with 782.5 points behind Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern. Together, the men’s and women’s had the best combined score of 1568 in the entire meet.
On Sunday, the Cougars dominated in the women’s 100 yard freestyle, racking up 63 points with four swimmers in the top six finishers. Sarah Graif won the event in a new school-record time of 50.95, breaking her own top time from last season. Classmate Jayme Groth finished third, touching the wall in 51.58, while Mary Frances Babrowicz (52.27) and Meredith Smith (53.18) placed fifth and sixth.
Pablo Ortiz scored 17 points with a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:52.15), while Chris Verboncoeur placed sixth (1:55.45). Gracie Herlong placed third in the event with a time of 2:07.12, and Corinne Taylor finished fifth (2:09.39).
In the 200 backstroke event, Sarah Boyle tallied 14 points for placing fifth with a time of 2:05.86, while Michael McCarthy and Zack Lambert combined for 23 points for finishing seventh and eighth with times of 1:57.41 and 1:57.80, respectively.
Jackie Tully took home a fourth-place finish in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:23.69), while the Cougar men finished sixth through eighth in the event with Henry Loong (2:13.27), Evan Renn (2:18.15) and Patrick Foos (2:19.18).
The Cougar women came within hundredths of a second of resetting the school record in the 400 free relay as Groth, Smith, Babrowicz and Graif placed second with a time of 3:28.92.
The men took third in the event as Wood, Eric Craig, Karel and Sherrier combined for a time of 3:05.71.
The Cougars will take a break for the holidays before returning to the pool on January 12 at home vs. Savannah College of Art & Design and Campbell.