East Carolina Sweeps Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba

East Carolina vs. Catawba, Lenoir-Rhyne, Campbell

  • Oct. 19, 2019
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Results

Courtesy: East Carolina Athletics

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina men and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to Minges Natatorium on Saturday afternoon and dominated a tri-meet with Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne. The Pirate men posted a 154-104 win over Lenoir-Rhyne and cruised to a 182-75 victory over Catawba. ECU’s women’s team defeated Lenoir-Rhyne 186-76, Catawba 165-65 and Campbell, which was only competing on the ladies’ side, 162.5-99.5

ECU swimmers finished first in 27 of 28 events, with the men taking the top spot in 14 events and the women taking 13 first-place finishes as 14 different Pirate swimmers won at least one event. The men’s team claimed the top three spots in five events, while the ladies finished 1-2-3 in a pair of events.

Lyubomir Epitropov dominated the men’s action Saturday, claiming three individual event titles. Epitropov led am ECU 1-2-3 sweep of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.36 to edge out Ben Gingher and Jacek Arentewicz. His time of 2:01.72 was nearly two full seconds ahead of the field in the 200-yard breaststroke as was his mark of 1:58.58 in the 200-yard IM.

Marek Osina also recorded multiple event wins, touching first in 400-yard IM and the 200-yard backstroke. He was more than four seconds faster than the field in the 400-yard IM with time of 3:58.46 and over three seconds quicker than the runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:50.85.

James Ward collected two individual victories as well, triumphing in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, just under two seconds ahead of the field in both events.

Jodi Ogle was just as dominant on the women’s side as Epitropov was for the men. She collected a trio of wins as well, sweeping the backstroke events and winning the 200-yard IM. Ogle earned the win in the 100-yard backstroke, narrowly beating Campbell’s Meg Everitt with a time of 58.27 for a margin of victory of 0.60 seconds. She finished 3.95 seconds ahead of the field in the 200-yard breaststroke with time of 2:04.00 was 1.89 seconds faster than her competitors in the 200-yard IM, wining with a time of 2:07.65.

Ogle swam leadoff in the 400-yard medley relay to open the meet, leading her team of Lily WestShannon Stott and Catherine Johnson to a first-place finish.

West and Stott each posted two individual wins with West claiming first-place in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, while Stott raced past the field in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly.

Adela Vavrinova captured the first individual win of the meet by setting a Minges Natatorium record in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:22.45, more than eight seconds faster than the second-place finisher. She later narrowly defeated Campbell’s Annie Sanchez to win the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.51, just 0.30 seconds ahead of Sanchez.

She also joined Johnson, Keyla Brown and Laura Benkova on the first-place finishing 200-yard freestyle relay squad.

ECU returns to action Friday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. against UNCW inside Minges Natatorium.

Courtesy: Catawba Athletics

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Catawba swam on Saturday at a quad meet at East Carolina University’s Minges Natatorium. The Catawba men fell to the host Pirates 182-75 and to Lenoir-Rhyne 178-79. The Catawba Indian women lost 165-65 to East Carolina, 140-117 to Lenoir-Rhyne and 203-58 to Campbell.

Several swimmers set season best times in just the second meet of the season. Freshman Chelsea Parker had the best finish for the women as she was third in the 100 breast (1:08.74). Federico Borrego Higareda had a third-place finish for the men in the 200 IM (1:59.34).

Catawba will next be in action at home in Johnson Pool on Nov. 9 against Barton.

Courtesy: Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Greenville, N.C..-  Women’s Swimming went to East Carolina University on Saturday Afternoon to face a pair of Division 1 schools. The Quad-Meet included East Carolina and Campbell, a pair of Division 1 schools and Catawba, like LR a member of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.  LR did come away with a victory over Catawba but fell to ECU and Campbell.

Team Score:
Lenoir Rhyne 76   , East Carolina 186
Lenoir Rhyne 140 , Catawba 117
Lenoir Rhyne  53  , Campbell 203

Top Bears:

  • Kimberly Scheiber placed 4th in 200 Yard Breaststroke (2.30.12)
  • Kiana Schumacher placed 5th in 100 Yard Backstroke (1:02.19)
  • Lauren Muehl placed 9th in 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:14.94)
  • Lisa Boenigen placed 7th in 200 Yard Butterfly (2:11.41)
  • Lauren Rutherford placed 9th in 100 Yard Freestyle (56.81)

Beyond the Pool:

  • Today was the first time the Bears have faced Campbell in the pool.
  • Second straight year the Bears have completed in this East Carolina Invite.
  • Kimberly Scheiber had her best time so far this year in the 200 Yard Breaststroke by half a second.

#19 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming went to Division 1 #21 East Carolina and hangs tough with the host Pirates but did fall 104 to 157. Also during the meet, The Bears did pick up a win over Catawba 140-117.

Team Scores:
#19 Lenoir Rhyne 140 , Catawba 117
#19 Lenoir Rhyne 104 , #21 East Carolina 157

Bear Spotlight:

  • Freshman Micah McRea is now officially 2nd in the NATION! in the 400 I.M.  McRea finished second today with a time of 4:02.48.

Top Bears:

  • Micah McRea finished 2nd in the 400 IM (4:02.48)
  • Alex Ballard finished 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (1:43.10), 3rd in 200 Butterfly (1:55.85), 2nd 500 Freestyle (4:41.85)
  • Spencer Ashby finished 3rd in 50 Freestyle (21.92)
  • Jacob Greene finished 4th in 200 Backstroke (1:58.09)
  • John Ryan finished 3rd in 100 Butterfly (53.01)

Beyond the Pool:

  • This is the second straight year, The Bears have competed against Division 1 East Carolina. The Bears fell to the Pirates 97-154 last year.
  • McRea’s time today in the 400 IM has him third in program history, 5 seconds off the school record.

Up Next:  Will head to Spartanburg, N.C. next Saturday to complete in the Converse Invite against host Converse and St. Andrews.

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