Pirates Down William & Mary, Campbell
Jan. 21, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina swimming & diving teams swept Saturday's meet against William & Mary inside Minges Natatorium. The Pirate women topped the Tribe 150-136 while the men claimed a 165.5-122.5 triumph. Campbell's women's squad also attended the event and was downed by the Pirates 193-101.
ECU's women's squad improved to 7-2 on the year and the men's team is now 4-3 after the victory.
Individually for the women, senior Natalia Favoreto was the leading Pirate with a pair of first-place performances. She touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.09) and 100-yard butterfly (57.57). Junior Holly Berenotto nearly claimed two victories, taking the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.43 while placing second in the 100-yard freestyle (52.78).
Sophomore Anna Gibas also won an event, taking the 100-yard backstroke in 57.81. She earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:09.17) and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.11). Senior Kristen Giese claimed first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.60 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a mark of 2:26.32. Freshman Lauren Gray was the final individual winner, finishing the 200-yard butterfly in a meet-best 2:07.67.
East Carolina's women finished second in both relays as senior Kylie Francis, freshman Charlsie Lincoln, junior Pamela Hess and junior Heather O'Toole timed out in 3:59.00 in the 400-yard medley. In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Kali Gaskill, Berenotto, O'Toole and Favoreto missed first place by less than half a second as William & Mary's unit finished in 1:35.48 to the Pirates' 1:35.82 mark.
On the men's side, freshman Rokas Cepulis won a trio of individual events, touching first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 57.50 and in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.20) and 200-yard IM (1:54.50).
Classmate Nikola Simic claimed a pair of victories for ECU, taking the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.49 and the 100-yard freestyle in 46.52. He also nearly won the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 21.42, just four hundredths of a second behind Andrew Strait of William & Mary.
The final individual winner for the men's squad was sophomore Attila Kiraly, who took the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.70. He also placed second in the 200-yard IM with a mark of 1:58.58.
ECU's 400-yard medley relay of freshman Andre Smedstad, Cepulis, senior Ailton Temotio and junior Geoffrey Bobsin won the event, finishing in 3:25.25. The 200-yard freestyle relay placed second as Simic, Temotio, Bobsin and freshman Jeffrey Mead timed out in 1:25.38.
East Carolina swept the diving events as neither William & Mary nor Campbell had any competitors. Senior Meghan Coyne edged classmate Katie Yamamoto in the one-meter competition, 291.6-253.35 while Yamamoto held a 301.87-271.65 advantage in the three meters. For the men, junior Tyler Dunsmore finished ahead of classmate Kyle Comiskey in both the one (300.60-231.15) and three-meter (296.62-256.42) dives.
The Pirates return to the pool Friday, Jan. 27, at South Carolina, taking on the host Gamecocks and Vanderbilt's women. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.