Feb. 17, 2012
HOUSTON --- The East Carolina women's swimming and diving team remains in third-place after three days of competition at the 2012 Conference USA Championships. The ladies trail first-place SMU by 80.5 points and second-place Rice by 37.5 points.
The Mustangs have accumulated 550 points through 28 events followed by the Owls (507), Pirates (469.5), Houston (361), Marshall (192) and Tulane (148.5). SMU also has a hold n first place in the C-USA Men's Invitational with 681 points, 23 points ahead of TCU (658) and 202 points in front of ECU (479).
Freshman Danielle Morrin highlighted the ECU performances on the ladies side Friday night, setting the school record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:21.34 to earn a third-place finish. She is the only Pirate to earn all-conference honors with a top-3 individual finish at this year's championship meet.
On the men's side, three school records were set and four NCAA "B" cuts were met. Nikola Simic, Travis Stauder, Ailton Temotio and Jeffrey Mead teamed to claim second-place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, setting a school record and meeting the NCAA "B" qualifying standard with a time of 1:21.08.
Stauder also earned an NCAA "B" cut in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 55.24 in the preliminaries. Rokas Cepulis also met the qualifying standard during the finals of the event with a second-place time of 54.23, which was an ECU record.
Sophomore Attila Kiraly won the 400-yard IM at the C-USA Men's Invitational for the second straight year, registering a school record and NCAA "B" time of 3:52.55.