Pirates Make Moves On Day Two Of C-USA Championship and Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Anastasia Amoiroglou
Anastasia Amoiroglou

Feb. 27, 2014

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ATLANTA - East Carolina is in fourth-place with 224 points after two days of competition at the Conference USA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.

Defending champion Rice is in first with 339 points followed by FIU with 266. Western Kentucky (226) holds a slight lead over the Pirates for third-place with North Texas (204), Old Dominion (168), Tulane (162), Florida Atlantic (156) and Marshall (133) rounding out the field.

Sophomore Anastasia Amoiroglou and senior Colleen Jones were the only Pirates to reach the podium Thursday night. Amoiroglou finished third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.05. Jones also claimed a bronze medal with a score of 291.90.

In the Men's Invitational, East Carolina is in second with 339 points, just ahead of third-place Old Dominion (325). Both are chasing front-runner Western Kentucky, who leads the competition with 397 points after winning three of the four events Thursday night.

Pirate sophomores Michael Dugan (second, 4:24.47) and Julien Dodu (third, 4:24.78) earned spots on the medal stand with NCAA B provisional marks in the 500-yard freestyle with Dugan setting the ECU varsity record in the event. Dugan finished just 0.5 seconds behind WKU freshman Cody Reul who won the event by recording an NCAA B cut time of 4:23.97.

East Carolina recorded a pair of B cuts as freshman Fran Krznaric took second (1:47.11) and senior Attila Kiraly placed third (1:47.90) in the 200 IM. Krznaric's time also represented a new school record for the event.

Junior Nikola Simic posted the Pirates' third record setting performance and fourth NCAA B cut of the night by capturing third-place the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.13.

ECU concluded the night with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Simic, sophomore Shawn Hunter, Dugan and sophomore Trevor Irish clocked in with a varsity record time of 1:20.74

Competition resumes Friday evening, with finals beginning at 6 p.m. ET.