The following is a press release courtesy of East Carolina University:
GREENVILLE, N.C. — The East Carolina University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team broke five Purple-Gold meet records on Saturday morning at Minges Natatorium.
“We were very pleased with the majority of our swims today,” ECU Head Coach Rick Kobe said. “We had a lot of young kids step and do a really nice job. Overall, it was a good way to prepare ourselves for the start of the season in Greensboro next weekend.”
junior Bailie Monahan won both the women’s 100 and 200-yard butterfly events, setting the meet record in the 200 with a time of 2:02.52. Freshman Julie Lajoie finished a close second in the 200 with a mark of 2:02.94.
The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Reed Wheeler, Rokas Cepulis, Adam Dear and Nikola Simic set a new meet standard with a time of 1:35.22. Simic was also part of the record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team along with Michael Dugan, Shawn Hunter and Trevor Irish in a time of 3:07.99.
Cepulis recorded first-place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 200-yard IM. Simic was victorious in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, Dugan touched first in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, while Dear was the winner in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. Newcomer Bolek De Pawlikowski was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.
Sophomore Jera Majeric swept the women’s backstroke events, winning the 100 and 200-yard competitions.
The Pirates will officially open the 2014-15 season Oct. 3-4 at the All-North Carolina Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, site of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.