Feb. 22, 2013
HOUSTON --- The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams combined to set three varsity records, three freshman records and earn a trio of NCAA `B' cuts Friday on day three of the 2013 Conference USA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and Men's Invitational being held at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
The ECU women remain in fourth-place with 399 points. Houston holds a half-point lead over Rice, 480.5-480, for first-place with SMU in third, with 441.5 points. Tulane (266) is in fifth-place with Marshall(175) rounding out the field in sixth.
Sophomore Danielle Morrin set the ECU varsity record in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:20.70, which earned her a fourth-place finish in her only event of the night. Freshman Bailie Monahan also earned a fourth-place finish with a freshman record time of 54.58 in the 100-yard butterfly, missing third-place by 0.08.
Lauren Baker also established an ECU freshman record with a time of 1:50.01 in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Holly Berenotto just missed the medal stand in the event, finishing 0.08 slower than the third-place finisher with a time of 1:48.82.
The Pirates are in third-place in the men's invitational, which runs concurrently with the women's championships. SMU has a 12.5 point lead over Western Kentucky for first-place, 645-632.5, followed by ECU (466.5) and Florida Atlantic (326).
Junior Attila Kiraly posted one of three NCAA `B' cuts by the men's squad with a varsity record time of 3:50.66 in the 400-yard IM. He placed second to earn the silver medal in the event, the best finish of the meet by any Pirate swimmer.
Sophomore Daniel Woods captured the bronze medal in the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 48.06. Fellow sophomore Rokas Cepulis posted the team's other NCAA `B' qualifying time, while placing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.76).
Senior diver Tyler Dunsmore earned a spot on the medal stand by finishing third in the 3-meter springboard competition with a final tally of 323.05. Rookie teammate Sean Piacente placed fifth with a score of 316.25.
Freshman Michael Dugan broke two records with one swim, establishing new varsity and freshman marks in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.33.
Dugan, Cepulis, Woods and Andre Smedstad each earned a bronze medal as they teamed up for a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay.
Competition resumes Saturday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at 6 p.m.