East Carolina Wraps Dual Meet Slate with Sweep of UMBC

East Carolina at UMBC

  • Jan. 19, 2019
  • Men: ECU def. UMBC 194-106
  • Women: ECU def. UMBC 157-143
  • Results

Courtesy: East Carolina Athletics

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The ECU swimming and diving teams wrapped up their dual meet schedule Saturday afternoon with a sweep of the UMBC Retrievers at Minges Natatorium. The Pirate men posted a 194-106 win, while the women earned a 157-143 victory.

The ECU men’s squad finished with a dual meet record of 4-2, capping their 36th straight season finishing at .500 or above, while the ladies posted their 27th consecutive winning campaign with a 4-3 record.

“I’m very proud of the team today,” Pirate head coach Matthew Jabs said. “To send our nine seniors out on a win is just awesome. This is a really close group, and to watch them support each other today and enjoy this win is really special.

“On the men’s side we wanted to get off to a fast start, and continue to keep the pressure on throughout the meet. For the women we knew it would take a total team effort if we were going to pull out the win today, and both teams delivered in a big way.”

On senior day, the men’s squad was led by freshmen Lyubomir Epitropov and Maek Osina along with junior Blaz Demsar. Epitropov swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 (55.09) by 2.11 seconds and the 200 (1:59.97) by 4.29 seconds. Osina claimed wins in the 200 butterfly (1:49.91) and 200 IM (1:49.85) with Demsar touching first in the 200 (1:40.75) and 500 (4:35.63) freestyle.

ECU claimed first-place in 12 of 16 events, including both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay.

Pirate junior Catherine Johnson was the only multi-event winner for ECU on the women’s side, winning the 50 (23.83) by 0.70 seconds and the 100 (51.50) by 1.66 seconds.

Kat Morrison (100 back), Victoria Gillet (200 fly), Lily West (200 breast) and Marianna Vignoli (500 free) won one event each with divers Katherine White (1M) and Alexis Edmonds (3M) splitting the springboard competitions.

ECU returns to action Feb. 8-10 at the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill.

Courtesy: UMBC Athletics

GREENVILLE, N.C. – In the regular season finale, the UMBC swimming and diving teams fell to the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday afternoon. The women fell by a score of 157-143, while the men fell 194-106.

Senior Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) followed up his record-breaking day against Howard on January 6 by breaking the Minges Natatorium record in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.15.


Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt) was a two-time winner, taking first in the 1000 free (10:05.75) and 200 free (1:52.07). The senior also was runner-up in the 500 free, finishing in a time of 5:02.16.

Laura Massicotte (Quebec City, Quebec) earned first place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.18 and second in the 100 free with a time of 53.16.

Four other Retrievers finished in first or second place in their events for the women: Emily Vance (1st 200 back, 2:06.16; 2nd 100 back 58.43), Natalija Marin (1st 100 fly, 56.44; 2nd 200 fly, 2:03.71), Maddy Popalis (1st 100 breast, 1:06.03; 2nd 50 free, 24.53), and Natalie Davis (2nd 200 IM, 2:09.74; 2nd 200 back 2:07.11).

The women’s 200 medley relay team of Vance, Popalis, Marin, and Massicotte finished second in a time of 1:46.71. The 400 free relay team of Tonia Papapertrou, Moro, Marin, and Popalis also took second in a time of 3:32.15.


Gliese won two events, including his record-setting performance in the 200 back and the 100 back, where he touched in with a time of 50.00.

Sophomore Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) took first in the 1000 free with a time of 9:29.39. Wisner also was the runner-up in the 500 free, touching in with a time of 4:38.36.

Junior Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) finished second in both the 50 free (21.13) and 200 free (1:40.88). Jack Carlisle (Cape Town, South Africa) came in second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.87.

On the boards, Elijah Wright (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) finished first in the 1 meter dive with a score of 305.10. Ben Parker (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished second in the 3 meter dive with a score of 307.13.


The Retrievers will next return to the pool February 14-17 as they compete at the America East Championship at WPI in Worcester, Mass.

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