Athens, Ga. - The Gardner-Webb men set 9 new school records
and had 11 swimmers earn All-CCSA honors over the weekend, earning a third
place finish at 2012 CCSA Championships.
College of Charleston (890.5) finished atop the men's team standings.
Davidson (884) was 2nd, and Gardner-Webb (717.5) finished in 3rd place. VMI
(338.5) followed in 4th, and Howard (235) finished in 5th place.
GWU once again turned in a solid effort during Saturday
morning's prelims session, collecting 20 total finals swims and 12 in the Top
In the 1650 Free, sophomore Sam Wilson earned All-CCSA
honors with a 3rdd place finish, achieving a personal best and new school
record time of 16:00.95 in the event. The time marked the second school
record-breaking performance of the meet for the sophomore.
Senior Derek Gore added a 6th place finish for Gardner-Webb,
swimming a season best time of 16:26.39. Sophomore Tyler Nuss was 11th in a
season best time of 16:51.09 for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Six Gardner-Webb swimmers made it back for the finals of the
200 Back. All-CCSA Sophomore Jordan Denmark led the way, recording a personal
best and school record time of 1:47.16 to finish 2nd in the event.
Sophomore Taft Kallam continued his strong meet with a 6th
place finish in a personal best time of 1:52.23 for Coach Simpson's team.
Senior Samuel Woods finished 7th for the Runnin' Bulldogs,
touching the wall at 1:54.17. Woods timed in at a season best 1:53.01 during
prelims of the event. Colin James won the consolation heat to finish 9th in the
event with a personal best time of 1:53.03.
Senior Chris Musco added a 10th place finish for the Runnin'
Bulldogs, racing to a season best time of 1:55.95 in the event. Gore added a
14th place finish in 1:59.38 for GWU. The senior swam a season best 1:57.90
during the event's prelims session.
In the 100 Free, Gardner-Webb got a 7th place finish from
sophomore Cole Hickey, who finished with a time of 47.09. The five-time
All-CCSA performer for 2012 recorded a personal best time of 46.91 during
prelims of the event.
Junior Mitchell Turner grabbed 11th place for GWU, finishing
in a season best 47.68 Freshman Zack Edgar followed in 12th, swimming a time of
47.76. Edgar recorded a personal best time of 47.73 in prelims of the event.
In the 200 Breast, Senior Collin Burchins grabbed All-CCSA
honors as well as a new school record, finishing 2nd in a personal best time of
2:03.22. Junior Drew Ellwanger raced to his fourth All-CCSA performance of the
meet, placing 3rd in a personal best 2:04.13. Burchins and Ellwanger turned in
All-Conference times in both the 100 and 200 Breast over the weekend.
Sophomore Phil Leonard finished his breakout meet with a 5th
place showing in the event, turning in a personal best time of 2:08.08 to
record his second Top 8 finish of the meet.
In the 200 Fly, Gardner-Webb sophomore Cody Meyers raced to
a 5th place finish, recording a personal best time of 1:53.90 to lead the
Runnin' Bulldogs in the event. Junior DJ Hughes finished 6th for GWU, touching
in at 1:54.11. Hughes finished in a season best 1:53.57 in prelims.
Gardner-Webb closed the meet with a 3rd place showing in the
400 Free relay, finishing in a GWU season best time of 3:06.07. Hickey,
Leonard, Hughes, and Woods teamed up to record a top three time in the GWU
record books for the event.
Eleven different Runnin' Bulldogs earned All-Conference
honors at the 2012 CCSA Championships: Collin Burchins (100 and 200 BR), Jordan Denmark (100 and 200 BK, 200 IM, 400 Med. Relay), Drew Ellwanger (100 and 200
BR, 200 Med. Relay, 400 Med. Relay), Cole Hickey (50 Free, 200 and 400 Med.
Relay, 200 and 400 Free Relay), DJ Hughes (200 and 400 Med. Relay, 400 and 800
Free Relay), Colin James (200 Free Relay, 200 Med. Relay), Taft Kallam (800
Free Relay), Phil Leonard (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay), Tyler Nuss (400
IM), Sam Wilson (500 and 1650 Free, 800 Free Relay), and Samuel Woods (200,
400, and 800 Free Relay).