ATHENS, Ga. (TheCCSA.com) - The Davidson College men the 2013 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the University of Georgia Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Wildcat's earned 906.5 for its third CCSA Championship title
College of Charleston finished in second with 833.5 points in front of Gardner-Webb who totaled 732 points. VMI took fourth with 280 points, while Howard earned 262 points to round out the list.
Gardner-Webb's Luke Denman and Andy Watts took first and second in the 1650-free with times of 15:43.56 and 15:48.51, respectively. Dylan Ludwick of Davidson finished third with a time of 15:47.78.
The top three finishers in the 200-back were Gardner-Webb's Nathan Lile (1:47.16), Gardner-Webb's Jordan Denmark (1:47.49) and College of Charleston's Elijah Bohon (1:50.06).
Alex Wood's time of 44.91in the 100-free preliminaries set a meet and Conference record. Wood (College of Charleston) won the finals with a time of 45.16, David Sherrier (College of Charleston) finished second with a time of 45.69 and Greg Karel (College of Charleston) earned third with a time of 45.82.
Davidson took the top three spots in the 200-breast. Drew Onken defended his title with a time of 2:00.25, while teammates Spencer Gill and Grant Smith finished second and third, with times of 2:04.14 and 2:04.64, respectively.
In the 200-fly, College of Charleston's Pablo Ortiz and Chris Verboncoeur finished first and second, with times of 1:49.55 and 1:49.85, respectively. Will Fox of Davidson finished third with a time of 1:50.56.
Davidson (Onken, Ludwick, Cameron Bard and Brandon Kegley) won the 400-free with a time of 3:02.05, College of Charleston (Wood, Eric Craig, Karel and Sherrier) placed second with a time of 3:02.71 and Gardner-Webb (Lile, Tate Warden, Joe MacGregor and Matt Anderson) earned third with a time of 3:04.56.
Wood won Most Outstanding Freshman of the Meet honors, winning the 50-free and 100-free and placing second in the 200-free. He set a meet and Conference record in the 100-free. Wood also swam the first leg of the first-place 200-free relay.
Peter Gibbons of College of Charleston garnered Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet and Men's Diver of the Year for the third-straight year. He placed first in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive, and set a meet and Conference record in the 1-meter event.
Onken earned the Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet. He 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. Onken defended his title in the 400-IM, recording a time of 3:52.47 and qualifying for the NCAA "B" cut. Onken was also a member of the first-place 400-medley relay and winning 800-free relay that set a meet and Conference record.
Davidson head coach John Young (7th season) won Male Swimming Coach of the year for the third time, while first-year diving coach Stephen Julka (College of Charleston) took home Male Diving Coach of the Year honors.