Feb. 15, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams kicked off the first day of the 2011 Conference USA Women's Championship and Men's Invitational Wednesday with the ladies standing tied for third and the men setting a trio of school records.
After two women's events, ECU (62) trails first-place by SMU (80) by 18 points, second-place Rice (68) by six and is tied with Houston, while Tulane (56) and Marshall (52) trail the field. SMU also leads the men's invitational meet, which runs concurrently with the women's championship, with 145 points through three events. TCU is in second place with 116 and East Carolina has 85 points.
The Pirates' quartet of Andre Smedstad, Tommy Ryan, Ailton Temotio and Travis Stauder posted a school-record 1:30.26 during the 200-yard medley relay, breaking the ECU standard by 0.47 and just missing the NCAA "B" qualifying standard (1:29.94).
During the 800-yard freestyle relay, ECU met the NCAA "B" standard as Nikola Simic, Jeffrey Mead, Jonathan Bailey and Rokas Cepulis got to the wall in 6:39.49, besting the former mark by 0.51. Simic set the varsity record in the 200-yard freestyle with a lead-off split time of 1:38.35.
The ladies began their championship meet with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley as Kylie Francis, Kristen Giese, Anna Gibas and Natalia Favoreto teamed complete the race in a time of 1:43.34, another NCAA "B" qualifying standard (1:42.70) near-miss.
The championship events continues Thursday at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.