Cougars Fall To N.C. State, Defeat Campbell

          Release: 11/12/2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. - College of Charleston swimming & diving traveled to N.C. State to take on the ACC power whose men's squad is currently ranked 19th in the country. The women's team also faced off against conference foe Campbell at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center.

The men were outscored by N.C. State, 173-100, while the women lost to the Wolfpack, 184-91 and defeated Campbell, 161-116, avenging an early season defeat to the Camels.

On the men's side, freshman Pablo Ortiz took first place in the 200-yard IM (1:58.68), while finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.21) and second in the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.46).

Senior Matt Sherrier finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:47.32) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (47.16). Sophomore Chris Verbonceour took first place in the 100-yard butterfly (53.14), followed by freshman Mike McCarthy who took second (54.08).

Freshman Zack Lambert placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (53.66) followed by McCarthy who finished fourth (54.26). Senior Brantley Reynolds led the Cougars in the 200-yard breaststroke with a third-place finish (2:15.94) while classmate Dmitriy Gorin came in right behind him at 2:18.04.

In the diving events, junior Peter Gibbons finished third in the one-meter dive event with a score of 256.27.

On the women's side, sophomore Sarah Boyle scored two second-place finishes, in the 100-yard backstroke (59.51) and the 200-yard IM (2:13.27). She also finished third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.29). Junior Gracie Herlong placed third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:17.76.

Freshman Sarah Graif placed second in 100-yard freestyle (53.32) and second in the 50-yard freestyle event (24.46). Classmate Jayme Groth came right behind Graif in the 50-yard free with a time of 24.86. Sophomore Meredith Smith touched the wall second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.91.

Both the men's and women's squads took home first-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relays. The men's A squad consisting of Sherrier, Reynolds, Eric Craig and Greg Karel finished in a time of 1:26.44. The women's A squad of Mary Frances Babrowicz, Smith, Groth and Graif touched the wall in 1:39.08.

The Cougars travel to the Wingate Fall Frenzy next weekend, beginning on Friday, Nov. 18.