College of Charleston Sweeps Davidson For First Time Ever

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, October 19. FOR the first time in the history of the two teams meeting, both the men’s and women’s swim teams at College of Charleston have defeated Davidson in a dual meet. Both teams pulled out convincing wins on Saturday, with the women topping Davidson by a score of 134-109, and the men winning 142-99.

College of Charleston Press Release

College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s swimming & diving scored two huge victories on Saturday as both squads defeated former conference rival Davidson in dual meet action on Parents Weekend.

The victories marked the first time in program history that both College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s squads have downed Davidson in the same meet. The men outscored the Wildcats, 142-99, while the women took a 134-109 victory.

“I was so proud of the way we competed today,” said head coach Bora Yatagan after the first dual meet win of his career. “I give credit to our seniors. They really brought the team together today and this win reflects well on their efforts.”

Between both squads, Charleston took first place in 15 of the 26 events.

Both 400 meter medley relays started the meet with big victories as Sarah Boyle, Elizabeth Mooney, Maly Taylor and Jayme Groth won for the women and Cason Brown, Will Ryan, Pablo Ortiz and Dave Sherrier won for the men.

In the 800 free, Rachel Mulligan took home first place (9:15.29) and Jake Gregory followed suit (8:40.93) on the men’s side. Josh Shaffer added much-needed points in a second-place finish (8:44.52) in the event.

The Cougar sprint corps excited the stands as Sarah Graif easily glided to first in the 50 free (26.71), and Karel powered to a first-place time of 24.11. Graif also won the 100 freestyle in 58.91, while Alex Wood edged teammate Karel in the men’s 100 free with a time of 52.69.

Michelle Whitfield won the 200 IM in 2:28.47, while Patrick Foos and Ortiz came in second (2:12.49) and third (2:12.58) in their portion of the race.

Freshman Buckley Powell came up big for CofC in the 100 butterfly, taking first place in 57.37, followed closely by Ortiz in 57.70.

Senior Sarah Boyle showed her customary calm in the 100 backstroke, gliding to first place with a time of 1:06.98. Freshman Ryan continued his strong start to his career with a come-from-behind nail-biter in the 100 breaststroke, overtaking Davidson’s Grant Smith to win by 13 hundredths of a second (1:07.06).

CofC sealed the victory with wins in both 400 freestyle relays. Mary Frances Babrowicz, Meredith Smith, Jayme Groth, Sarah Graif pushed the Cougars to a first-place time of 3:58.54, while Wood, Nicholas Campbell, Karel and Sherrier came in first in 3:32.19.

In the diving events, sophomore Megan Norton took second place in both the one- and three-meter dives. The Cougars also scored points with swimmers Buckley Powell and Will Kantlehner performing well to place in both dives on short notice.

College of Charleston travels to Virginia on Nov. 1-2 for a meet at George Mason, featuring GMU, Towson and Northeastern.

Davidson Press Release

Two divers and two swimmers each notched a pair of individual victories as the Davidson swimming and diving teams fell to former CCSA foe College of Charleston in dual meet action at the Stern Center Saturday afternoon. The men fell by a score of 142-99, while the women took a 134-109 loss.

For the second week in a row, Elise Lankiewicz and Dylan Ludwick each claimed a pair of events. Brian McRae and Kaliya Burton-Akright, the reigning CCSA Divers of the Week, followed suit with a pair of wins in the diving events. Lankiewicz won the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 1:03.81 and also claimed the 400-meter free in 4:28.29. Ludwick earned wins in the 200-meter free (1:53.56) and the 400-meter free (4:07.18). McRae won the 1-meter (217.72) and 3-meter (243.82), while Burton-Akright matched his feat with a score of 242.92 in the 3-meter and 254.70 in the 1-meter.

Lauren Malachowski, Katy Williams and Kassie Shannon teamed with #Lankiewicz# for a second-place finish in a time of 4:25.28 in the 400-meter medley relay to open the meet. The men’s squad of Luke Burton, Spencer Gill, Thomas Bigham and Brandon Kegley also claimed a runner-up finish, touching the wall 3:57.24.

Williams picked up an individual victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the pads in 1:15.29.

In the 800-meter free, Anna Blair Bullock touched in a time of 9:28.14 for second place. For the men, Max Schimanski claimed third in 8:46.81.

Angie Healy and Liz Mace gave the Wildcats a 1-2 punch in the 200 free. Healy won the race in a time of 2:08.00, while Mace touched the pads in 2:11.45. Healy later took second in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in a time of 59.17.

Erica Clancy took second place in the 50-meter freestyle, clocking in at 26.71. Caroline Vrana was fourth with a time of 28.76. Cameron Bard claimed a runner-up finish for the men in 24.32, while Burton was fourth in 24.65.

In the 200 IM, Emily Covert touched second in a time of 2:30.35. She was followed by Kate Carter in third in 2:30.52. Grant Smith earned the win in the event for the men, swimming a time of 2:09.17. He also picked up third in the 100 free with a mark of 53.61 and was followed by Bard in fourth at 53.77.

Smith was again a leader in the 100-yard breaststroke, earning second place in 1:07.19 to lead a 2-3-4 finish by the Wildcats. He was followed by Spencer Gill in third with a time of 1:07.28 and Drew Gill in fourth at 1:08.43.

Following Lankiewicz in the 100 fly was Mace, who finished third in a time of 1:06.62. Bigham picked up a 3rd-place finish for the men, swimming a 58.64.

Malachowski finished second in the 100-meter backstroke, claiming a time of 1:08.44. Burton was the men’s top finisher, posting a time of 58.87 for fourth place.

The Wildcats finished out the meet with a pair of second-place finishes in the 400-meter free relay. Mace, Shannon, Clancy and Healy combined for a time of 3:59.66. Ludwick, Bard and Kegley joined Ben Stewart-Bates in swimming a time of 3:33.09 in the event.

Davidson is back in action Nov. 2 at Cannon Pool. The women’s team will host VMI and Asheville in a tri-meet, while the men welcome VMI in a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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