Feb. 18, 2012
HOUSTON --- The East Carolina women's swimming and diving team concluded its season Saturday with a third-place finish at the 2012 Conference USA Championships. The Pirates (690.5) finished 125.50 points behind champion SMU (816) and 27.5 points back of second-place Rice (718).
Freshman Megan Rossi earned all-conference honors by finishing third in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:45.21. Senior Caitlin Marsilli and freshman Lauren Chew also participated in the finals of the event and finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Senior diver Kaite Yamomoto earned a fourth-place finish on the platform in her final conference championship meet. Likewise, senior Meghan Coyne placed seventh with sophomore Taylor Edwards and junior Kirstie Russell capturing fifth and eighth.
Sophomore Anna Gibas and senior Kylie Francis each qualified for the finals of the 200 backstroke Saturday night and claimed sixth and seventh-place. Junior Holly Berenotto also reached the final of the 100-yard freestyle and earned a sixth-place finish as did senior Kristen Giese in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Freshman Danielle Morrin posted the ladies' best performance of the night with a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.24).
Freshman Rokas Cepulis was the only other Pirates to reach an NCAA "B" qualifying standard; he placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:57.14.
The Pirates (730) finished in third-place behind SMU (1,008) and TCU (972) in the C-USA Men's Invitational.