Colorado Wins 4th Straight Collegiate Club National Championship Title

The following is a press release courtesy of ECC’s Kevin Gell:

Day 3 of the 2014 ECC National Championships featured some of the fastest swims yet as teams sprinted for the wall and a chance for a coveted team title. When the smoke cleared it was the Buffaloes who walked away with their 4th consecutive combined team total. The Colorado Women also claimed first with 1024 points while the men settled for second with 763 points. Despite a great effort throughout the meet, the Florida Gators fell short of the combined team title and had to settle for second with a total of 1360.5 points. The Florida men scored 887 points to claim the men’s title while their women came up in second with 473.5 points. The depth and level of competition displayed by both teams made the 2014 ECC Championship the most memorable and exciting yet.

Individual winners on Day 3 included Erin Mahoney of East Carolina University, who swam 27.39 to win the Women’s 100 Backstroke, Virginia Tech’s Kayla Iverson, who won the 100 Butterfly in a meet record time of 57.08, and Bobby Bittner who swam 49.32 in the Men’s 100 Butterfly to win the event. Bittner, who represents South Carolina, set the meet record in this event during prelims this morning, getting the wall in 48.58 seconds. Colorado’s two first place of the day came from Casey Wilson, who swam 31.14 in the 50 Breaststroke and 1:00.36 in the 100 Individual Medley. Florida’s Jeff Reardon was also a double winner on Day 3. The Florida Gator distanced himself from the field, winning the Men’s 50 Backstroke and 100 Individual Medley by almost a full second in each event. In the Men’s 50 Breaststroke, Andrew Brower swam 25.99 to out touch his Ohio State teammate by just .03 seconds. In the 100 Freestyle, Melissa Andruzzi of Illinois continued her win streak as she swam to a meet record of 52.52. On the men’s side, it was University of Virginia’s Jonathan Littles who claimed victory with a time of 46.25 seconds. 3 Meter Diving was also contested today. Hannah Herbold of Metropolitan State University claimed her second diving gold of the meet with 372.80 points. Colorado’s Jake Voltarel scored 485.40 points to claim the men’s 3 Meter title. The meet concluded with the Men’s and Women’s 4×50 Freestyle relay. On the Women’s side, the Buffaloes combined to swim to a 1:41.49, which was good for the final first place of the meet. Pennsylvania State University claimed the men’s title in the event as they out touched Florida with a time of 1:25.55 seconds.

After 3 days of outstanding competition, sportsmanship, and camaraderie, 4 other special awards were distributed. Pennsylvania State was the recipient of the Team Spirit Award for the second year in a row. Kayla Iverson of Virginia Tech received the Performance of the Meet Award for her win in the 100 Butterfly where she shaved a second and a half off the meet record en route to another individual gold. The Most Valuable Swimmer of the Women’s competition went to Melissa Andruzzi who won all 5 of her individual events to help Illinois claim a 4th place finish in the women’s meet and 8th place finish in the combined standings. On the Men’s side, Florida’s Jeff Reardon and South Carolina’s Bobby Bittner tied as Most Valuable Swimmer. Both Scored 116 points for their respective teams during the three days of competition.

At the conclusion of the meet, the top 10 scores are as follows:

Women:

1. University of Colorado              1024 points

2. University of Florida                   473.50 points

3. Virginia Tech                                416 points

4. University of Illinois                    411 points

5. Northeastern University            351 points

6. University of Connecticut          335 points

7. University of Georgia                  327 points

8. University of Missouri                 324.50 points

9. North Carolina – Chapel Hill       298 points

10. West Virginia University            241 points

Men:

1. University of Florida                      887 points

2. University of Colorado                  763 points

3. Pennsylvania State University     473.50 points

4. Northeastern University               411 points

5. Ohio State University                    372 points

6. Virginia Tech                                   369 points

7. University of Georgia                     331.50 points

8. University of Connecticut             288 points

9. Georgia Inst of Technology          277.50 points

10. University of Virginia                   267 points

Combined:

1. University of Colorado                  1787 points

2. University of Florida                      1360.50 points

3. Virginia Tech                                 785 points

4. Northeastern University             762 points

5. University of Georgia                   658.50 points

6. University of Connecticut            623 points

7. Pennsylvania State University     494.50 points

8. University of Illinois                       492 points

9. North Carolina – Chapel Hill         478 points

10. University of Missouri                 468.50 points

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