Women - Team Rankings -
1. Gardner-Webb University 821
2. Georgia Southern University 802
3. College of Charleston 782.5
4. Queens University of Charlotte 652
5. Wingate University 379.5
6. Catawba College 126
7. Pfeiffer University 122
8. Mars Hill College 60
9. Lenoir Rhyne University 44
Men - Team Rankings -
1. Queens University of Charlotte 861
2. College of Charleston 785.5
3. Wingate University 606
4. Gardner-Webb University 535.5
5. Catawba College 319.5
6. Mars Hill College 258
7. Pfeiffer University 160.5
8. Lenoir Rhyne University 105
Georgia Southern Swimming and Diving finishes out the fall portion of their season with a second place finish at the Wingate Frenzy in Wingate, N.C. Standing in first place after two days of competing, the Eagles dropped one spot to finish out the three-day tournament.
Kristen Bates continued to excel at the breaststroke, coming in second in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:21.63. This is the second time she finished second in a breaststroke event, also doing so in the 100 Breast on Saturday.
Freshmen Christina Moran (200 Back, 2:05.75) and Kylee Parsons (1650 Free, 17:34.10) closed out a strong fall campaign with two more top five finishes, both finishing fourth in their respective events. Elaina Lanson also came in fourth in the 100 Free (51.74).
The Eagles will now enjoy over one month off before they start the spring portion of their schedule. The team
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).
Annie Berdusco took a fifth place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:47.59. In the men's race of the same distance, Jake Gregory placed third with a time of 16:19.81.
In the 200 backstroke event, Sarah Boyle tallied 14 points for placing fifth with a time of 2:05.86, while Michael McCarthy and Z Evan Rennack Lambert combined for 23 points for finishing seventh and eighth with times of 1:57.41 and 1:57.80, respectively.
Alex Wood finished fourth (46.48), David Sherrier placed seventh (47.08) and Greg Karel finished eighth (47.11) in the 100 yard freestyle.
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), (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.
Individual wins from Charity Byrum and Giorgie Graves on Sunday night sealed a come-from-behind win for Gardner-Webb women's swimming at the Wingate Fall Frenzy.
GWU (821) was able to pull away thanks to a strong showing on day three, using its depth to pull away from 2nd place College of Charleston (728.5), 3rd place Queens (652), and 4th place Georgia Southern (647).
Gardner-Webb got off to a great start Sunday night thanks to a 2nd place showing in the 1650 free from freshman Madi Dinsmore. Dinsmore finished with a time of 17:20.79, recording her fastest time this season in the event with her second Top 2 individual finish of the weekend.
Senior Kristen Michal added a season best time of 18:07.64 in a signature performance for her career as a Runnin' Bulldog.
In the 200 back, the Gardner-Webb women showed off depth in what proved to be a strong event. Freshmen April Niccolai and Taylor Schwartz led the way, finishing 3rd (2:04.66) and 6th (2:06.15) respectively while attaining season best times. Sophomore Jenna Ballinger took 7th in a season best 2:06.79, sophomore Kaylee McCallan swam a personal best 2:05.92 to take 9th, and senior Laurenn Singleton swam to a 13th place finish in a season best 2:09.33.
Senior Liz Van Halsema won the 'B' final in the 100 free to finish 9th, racing to a season best time of 53.59. Ballinger added an 11th place showing in a season best 53.97, and freshman Alaina Mattix finished 15th after achieving a time of 54.72 in prelims of the event.
GWU got a win in the 200 breast, as sophomore Charity Byrum pulled away for a 1st place finish and a season best time of 2:20.49. Sophomore Samantha Shelley took 5th in 2:24.48 (prelims), sophomore Jessica Robinson was 11th in 2:27.74, senior Michelle Palacio finished in 2:28.00, and junior Anna Springer was 13th with a time of 2:28.87 in another strong event for GWU.
Giorgie Graves added her second win of the weekend, making it two wins in a row for the GWU women. The freshman from Riverview, Fla. won the 200 fly, finishing with a season best time of 2:04.67 to move up two spots during finals.
Junior Faith Kempf, freshman Sarah Singleton, and freshman Christina Clayton also scored for the Runnin' Bulldogs in the 200 fly, scoring times of 2:07.84 (4th), 2:11.13 (9th), and 2:15.94 (13th) respectively.
In the 400 free relay, GWU was able to close the night with a 3rd place finish, securing a season best time of 3:30.78. Graves (52.49), Byrum (53.04), Kempf (52.69), and Ballinger (52.63) combined to record GWU's best performance of the season to date.
Gardner-Webb women's swimming turns its attention to its winter training schedule prior to returning to meet action in January. GWU's next meet comes at College of Charleston January 18-19.
Gardner-Webb men's swimming wrapped up a successful weekend in its final invitational for the Fall season, achieving 535.5 points for a 4th place finish at the Wingate Fall Frenzy.
GWU finished ahead of 5th place Catawba (319.5) and trailed host Wingate (3rd, 606), College of Charleston (2nd, 679.5), and Queens (1st (861).
Freshman Luke Denman continued a breakout weekend with a lifetime best in the 1650 free. The Greenville, S.C. native placed 2nd in the event with a time of 16:07.36.
Two top eight finishers paced GWU in the men's 200 back. Junior Jordan Denmark was 5th with a season best time of 1:50.96, and freshman Nathan Lile trailed closely in 6th with a season best time of 1:51.01.
Junior Taft Kallam added a 10th place finish for the Runnin' Bulldog men, achieving a season best of 1:56.55.
In the 100 free, sophomore Joe MacGregor and freshman Andy Watts made finals appearances in finishing 15th and 20th, achieving season best times of 47.68 and 48.80 during the event.
Senior Mitch Turner led Gardner-Webb in the men's 200 breast with a personal best time of 2:17.04. Turner moved up three spots in finals to achieve the Top 10 finish.
Freshman Ryan Palmer took 13th in the 200 breast, scoring valuable points for the Gardner-Webb men. Palmer achieved a season best time of 2:21.05 during prelims of the event.
Three Runnin' Bulldogs cracked the Top 8 in the men's 200 fly, led by senior DJ Hughes' 4th place finish. Hughes timed in at a season best 1:53.43 during event prelims, and was followed by 5th and 7th place finishes from Tate Warden and Cody Meyers respectively, as the pair swam season best times of 1:54.83 and 1:56.01 respectfully.
The GWU men closed the night with a 5th place finish in the 400 free relay, achieving a season best time of 3:08.25 in the event. Lile (47.01), Warden (46.52), Denmark (47.13), and MacGregor (47.59) combined for the Runnin' Bulldogs' best performance of the season to date.
Gardner-Webb men's swimming will turn its attention to its winter training regimen prior to returning to meet action in January. GWU's next meet comes on January 11 in its home opener against Limestone.