CHARLESTON, SC January 11, 2014 – College of Charleston swimming & diving celebrated the careers of 13 seniors with an outstanding performance against CAA powerhouse UNCW.
The CofC women defeated the Seahawks, 128-115, in the women’s first-ever program victory over UNCW. The Cougar men posted a number of strong finishes, but fell to the 12-time defending conference champions, 149-80. The win was huge for the Cougar female competitors who were coming off a first-place finish at the Wingate Fall Frenzy.
Senior Sarah Boyle was outstanding in her final meet in the Stern Center pool. The native of Columbia, S.C., posted two individual event titles and a third in the relay. She won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:22.01, and also took first in the 200 IM in 2:26.60. Boyle’s third event title came in the opening event, the 200 medley relay where she, Taylor Hollingsworth, Maly Taylor and Jayme Groth won with a time of 2:01.36.
Junior Sarah Graif continued her top-tier season with two individual victories and a relay win that secured the team’s victory in the last event. Graif won the 50 freestyle in 26.93, followed closely by third-place finisher Groth (27.47). Graif also won the 100 freestyle in 59.52, followed by second-place finisher Meredith Smith (1:00.47). With victory nearly in hand, Graif clinched the meet with a strong final leg of the 200 free relay, teaming with Mary Frances Babrowicz, Smith and Groth for a first-place time of 1:48.42.
Charleston got big points from Taylor who won the 200 fly in 2:24.62, and from Lydia Renn who took second in the marathon 800 freestyle (9:28.50) and third in the 400 free (4:38.73). Smith also turned in a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:11.05), and Liz Mooney placed third in the 200 breaststroke.
The CofC women’s divers continued to improve their performances with major points for the team on Saturday. Sophomore Megan Norton moved closer to the NCAA Zones qualifying score as she took first place in the one-meter (243.00) and three-meter dives (238.55). Junior Nicole DeMarco finished second in each dive with scores of 226.35 and 217.43, respectively.
On the men’s side, the Cougars won two individual events and the relay conclusion. Junior Pablo Ortiz won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.63, and freshman Will Ryan took first place in the 200 breast (2:25.16).
Senior Dave Sherrier finished second in the 100 free (53.51), and also took second in the 200 free (1:55.51). Senior Greg Karel placed second in the 50 free (24.10). Sophomore Alex Wood touched the wall right behind him in third (24.10).
Charleston took third place in the other two individual events with sophomore Jake Gregory placing third in the 800 free (8:43.83) and sophomore Elijah Bohon finishing third in the 200 back (2:09.56).
The Cougar men finished third in the 200 medley relay behind a time of 1:47.30 from Jackson Marine, Ryan, Buckley Powell and Karel. However, Charleston finished the meet strong with a win in the 200 free relay behind Wood, Foos, Sherrier and Karel (1:35.42).
Before the meet, parents of seniors Blake Buchanan, Patrick Foos, Greg Karel, Jackson Marine, Cameron Oakley, Evan Renn, Dave Sherrier, Chris Verboncoeur, Elizabeth Berry, Sarah Boyle, Tess Shacknow, Meredith Smith and Erin Steffen joined their sons and daughters on the pool deck for a special presentation with coaches Bora Yatagan, Steve Julka and Doug Fetchen.
College of Charleston swimming heads to Savannah next weekend for a dual with Savannah College of Art & Design. The divers travel back to Clemson to face the Tigers and WKU.