Men’s Swim and Dive take the victory against Davidson; Women’s team falls short

In a close race to the finish Davidson and College of Charleston sprint to the finish a butterfly event (Katie Casteel/GSO)

It was a cat fight this past Saturday at the Stern Center pool, as the College of Charleston Men and Women’s Swim and Diving team went up against the Davidson Wildcats.

The meet began that morning with the diving events. Davidson took 1st in both of the Women’s diving events earning a total of 31 points with all placements. The Lady Cougars earned 7 points for the diving events. The CofC Men’s team, however, snatched first and second place in both of their diving events earning 26 total points, leaving Davidson behind with only 6 points. Sophomore Michael Topitzer took first place for both diving events and sophomore Derek Foltz took second in both events.

The intensity of the atmosphere increased as the swimming events began later that afternoon. The observation deck was packed with the families of the swimmers as well as other Cougar fans supporting their Swim team.

Davidson took first in the first few events such as the Men and Women’s 200 meter medley relay, the Men and Women’s 800 meter freestyle and the Women’s 200 meter freestyle at the start of the swim portion of the meet.

Senior Matthew Sherrier earned the first, first place finish of the meet for the Cougars during the Men’s 200 meter freestyle. The Lady Cougars earned their first, first place finish of the meet during the 100 meter backstroke, as sophomore Sarah Boyle took the victory. Freshman Zack Lambert also took first in the 100 meter backstroke for the Men’s team.

College of Charleston swim team cheers each other on from the pool deck (Katie Casteel/GSO)

The competition between the Cougars and the Wildcats was close, as both teams went back and forth winning events.

The Cougars earned 1st place finishes in day’s events such as the Women’s 200 meter butterfly, the Men’s 200 meter butterfly, the Women’s 50 meter freestyle, the Men’s 50 meter freestyle, the Women’s 100 meter freestyle, the Women’s 200 meter backstroke, the Women’s 400 meter freestyle, the Men’s 100 meter butterfly, the Men’s 200 meter butterfuly, and the Men and Women’s 400 meter freestyle relay.

With the day’s points tallied up, the Men’s Swim and Diving team ended up taking their first victory of the season with a score of 163-131. The Lady Cougars fell just short with a final score of 133-167.

Overall the meet was successful for both of the Cougar teams, as they continue to improve from meet to meet. The Cougars will travel to Raleigh, NC this Saturday on November 12th, where the Women’s team will face NC State and Campbell and the Men’s team will swim against NC State.

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