Feb. 16, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas -- The East Carolina women's swimming and diving team sits in third-place after two days of competition at the 2012 Conference USA Championships at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, trailing first-place SMU by 39 points.
Freshman Megan Rossi recorded one of two top-5 finishes by the ladies Thursday. Rossi posted the fifth-fastest time (4:54.59) in the 500-yard freestyle to set the ECU freshman record in the first event of the day. Junior Holly Berenotto also recorded a fifth-place finish with a time of 23.34 in the 50-yard freestyle.
Senior Natalia Favoreto also qualified for the finals of the 50 free, finishing seventh with a time of 23.44. She teamed with Berenotto, Kylie Francis and Kristen Giese for a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay.
In the 200-yard IM, sophomore Anna Gibas bested her preliminary time by over a second to place seventh in the finals with a mark of 2:04.42.
SMU (269) leads second-place Rice (259) by 10 points followed by ECU (230), Houston (193), Marshall (108) and Tulane (77). The Mustangs (351) also lead the Men's Invitational by 29 points over TCU (322), followed by East Carolina (228).
Freshman Nikola Simic was the lone Pirate to qualify for the finals of the 50-yard freestyle, where he finished in sixth-place with a time of school-record 20.49 and missed his NCAA "B" cut and a medal finish by 0.26. Travis Stauder then reset the varsity record in the event with a time of 20.48 in the post-event time trials.
Cepulis and Simic joined with freshman Andre Smedstad and Ailton Temotio for a NCAA "B" qualifying time of 3:16.80 in the 400-yard medley relay. Smedstad led off the event with a 100-yard backstroke time of 49.29 to set the school record.
Action continues at 10 a.m. CST Friday with preliminaries in the 400-yard individual medley.