CofC men look to defend CCSA title

College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams head to the University of Georgia for this weekend’s 2013 CCSA Championships.

The Cougar men’s team will look to defend its 2012 championship title, while the women will aim to improve on last season’s seventh place finish and program-best 267 points. The men’s team also won the championship in 2008 and 2009.

The event will begin this afternoon and conclude on Saturday.

Last season, the Cougars’ men’s and women’s squads combined for 12 new school records, 23 top-three finishes and six gold medals.

Senior Peter Gibbons will look to defend his CCSA titles in the one- and three-meter dives. He is a four-time All-Conference honoree in both dives and a two-time Male Diver of the Year. Gibbons has held school records in the one- and three-meter dives for several seasons, and became the first Cougar diver to qualify for the NCAA Zones meet.

Sophomore Pablo Ortiz will return to defend his title in the 200 butterfly, where he set a new school record last year with a time of 1:50.80.

On the women’s side, junior Sarah Boyle will be aiming to win the 200 backstroke yet again after setting a new school record in the event last season. She also ranks third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 100 fly.

School-record holder Sarah Graif ranks second in the conference in the 50 free and 100 free, while Jayme Groth will also be a contender to score points in those events.

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