ATHENS, Ga. (TheCCSA.com) - The Davidson College men are in first place with 265.50 points after the first day of the 2013 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Georgia Gabrielsen Natatorium.
In the 200-free relay finals, College of Charleston (Alex Wood, Patrick Foos, David Sherrier and Greg Karel) captured first-place with a time of 1:21.47. Davidson (Wills Cooper, Cameron Bard, Luke Burton and Brandon Kegley) came in second with a time of 1:22.30, while Gardner-Webb (Matt Anderson, Nathan Lile, Brandon Searle and Cody Meyers) finished third with a time of 1:22.71.
College of Charleston's Peter Gibbons won the men's 3-meter diving event with a score of 289.90, while Brian McRae of Davidson finished second with a score 265.10. Michael Topizer scored 228.25 points for third place.
The men's 500-yard freestyle event was won by Davidson's Dylan Ludwick for the second consecutive year. Ludwick finished with a time of 4:25.52, with Sherrier finishing second (4:32.35) and Will Fox coming in third (4:32.52).
Davidson's Drew Onken won the 200-IM for the second year in a row. Onken recorded a time of 1:47.95 and qualified for the NCAA "B" cuts. In second-place was Gardner-Webb's Jordan Denmark with a time of 1:49.81, and College of Charleston's Chris Verboncoer finished third with a time of 1:50.50.
Wood won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.48, while Cooper came in second (22.88) and Karel clocked in a time of 20.84 for third-place.
Davidson won the final event of the day, the 400-medley relay. The Wildcats' team of Burton, Onken, Fox and Kegley recorded a time of 3:19.46. In second place was Gardner-Webb (Denmark, Drew Ellwanger, Anderson and Lile) with a time of 3:19.9, and Howard (Ben Skelding, Dexter Brown, Zadok Isaacs and Trent Popovich) finished third with a time of 3:32.01.
After day one, Davidson is in first-place with 265.50 points and College of Charleston sits in second with 227.50 points. Gardner-Webb is in third with 217 points, while Virginia Military Institute is fourth with 97 points. Rounding out the men's standing is Howard with 76 points.
The second day of the CCSA Championship will begin Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:00 a.m., starting with the men's 200-yard medley relay preliminaries. The event finals for day two will start at 6:00 p.m.