The following are press releases from East Carolina University and Davidson College:
ECU Press release:
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams tallied 184 and 188 points, respectively, to defeat Davidson as the Pirates opened the dual meet season Saturday afternoon at Minges Natatorium. Davidson recorded 104 points on the women’s side, while the men notched 105 points.
“We had a great meet today,” Head coach Rick Kobe said. “We won 31 of 32 events and had some great early season swims. We hope we can carry this momentum going into the rest of the season.”
The Pirates turned in several solid performances as they won 31 of the 32 events in which they competed. East Carolina swept the diving events as sophomore Alicia Roueche won both the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Roueche tallied a 251.18 in the 1-meter dive, while registering a 247.88 in the 3-meter dive. On the men’s side, the Pirates were led by freshman Matt Mullen who won the 1-meter dive with a 254.10 and the 3-meter dive with a 285.90.
Lauren Chew, Megan Sellers and Julie Lajoie each won two events for the women. Chew claimed first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:14.45. She paced AJ Jones (10:30.09) and Megan Rossi (10:35.23) who finished second and third, respectively. Chew came back and won the 500-yard freestyle after placing first with a time of 5:00.66.
Sellers earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke after completing the event in 1:04.86. Charlsie Lincoln (1:05.17) and Isabelle Little (1:06.01) followed Sellers as they placed second and third, respectively. Sellers also won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.21. She was the only Pirate to earn points in that event.
Lajoie placed first in the 200-yard butterfly as she finished in 2:02.09. Danielle Morrin (2:04.17) and Lauren Gray (2:07.35) followed Lajoie to finish second and third, respectively. Lajoie also paced East Carolina in the 200-yard backstroke as she won the event after posting a time of 2:02.91. Jera Majeric placed second with a time of 2:07.40, while Taylor Hague came in third with a time of 2:09.55.
On the men’s side, Boleck De Pawlikowski had a pair of first-place finishes. He won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:44.99 which was nearly five seconds faster than the second-place finisher. He also placed first in the 200-yard backstroke after recording a time of 1:52.72.
Rokas Cepulis earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke as he posted a time of 57.21. He was followed by Austin Taylor’s second-place finish in 59.76. Cepulis came back and won the 200-yard breaststroke after tallying a time of 2:05.96.
Adam Dear won the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. He finished the 100-yard event in 51.38 and posted a time of 1:54.42 in the 200-yard.
Nikola Simic also won multiple events for East Carolina. Simic won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.42 as well as the 100-yard freestyle after recording a time of 46.24.
The Pirates turned in strong showings in the relay events as they won the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relays. The men’s squad of Fran Krznaric, Taylor, Jeffrey Mead and Shawn Hunter registered a time of 1:34.88 for a first place finish. The women’s team which was made up of Hague, Sellers, Bailie Monahan and Tori Angerneier won their event with a time of 1:45.72.
East Carolina will return to Minges Natatorium Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m., when the Pirates host College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s squads for a dual meet.
Davidson press release:
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Lauren Malachowski earned Davidson’s lone event win as the East Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated the Wildcats’ by scores of 184-105 and 188-104, respectively, Saturday afternoon in Minges Natatorium.
Malachowski won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.22 seconds and also took fifth in the 100 free in 54.32.
Elise Lankiewicz was also a top performer, as she was second in the 200 free (1:52.21) and 500 free (5:06.92), and also took fourth in the 200 butterfly in 2:08.15. Additionally, Kassie Shannon second in the 100 free in 53.61 seconds after taking third in the 50 free in 24.64 seconds.
Karen Monuszko led the women in the 1-meter dive with a third placing with 208.58 points. Megan Cypcar earned a point in fifth with 196.43 points, and led the ‘Cats in the 3-meter, placing fourth with 218.85 points.
The men turned in a strong relay performance early on, as Luke Burton, Spencer Gill, Cameron Bard, and Brandon Kegley took second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.95, getting edged for the victory by just over a second by ECU (1:34.88).
The men’s team’s strongest individual showing came in the 1000 freestyle, as freshman Clay Resweber placed second in 9:49.64 and was joined by three teammates in the top five. Max Schimanski took fourth in 9:55.95, and Dylan Ludwick was fifth in 10:01.36. Resweber was also a top performer in the 500 free (4:49.93).
Other strong showings included Burton, who placed third in the 100 back in 52.88 and turned in the third best time in the 200 backstroke. Cole Riggan was third in the 200 free in 1:45.19. Grant Smith was a leading performer for the ‘Cats in the 200 individual medley (1:58.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:12.72), and was also fifth in 1:45.36 in the 200 freestyle. Bard took third in the 50 free in 21.88 and was Davidson’s top performer in the 100 butterfly (53.41). Spencer and Drew Gill placed third (1:00.09) and fourth (1:00.92), respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.
Davidson will get its first look at A-10 competition next weekend at the Richmond Duals, facing the host Spiders, Duquesne and George Mason Friday-Saturday.