Pirates Have Record Setting Day At C-USA Championships

Megan Sellers

Feb. 28, 2014

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ATLANTA - East Carolina moved into third-place Friday night at the Conference USA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship meet being held at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. The Pirates are only 28 points out of second-place heading into the final day of competition. Defending champion Rice leads the way with 681 points and has a 181 point advantage over second-place FIU (500).

East Carolina sophomore Megan Sellers set a new C-USA Championship meet standard of 1:00.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke. She is the first Pirate to win gold medalist honors as this year's championship. Charlsie Lincoln placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:01.81 as each of the top five finishers had NCAA B swims.

Junior Danielle Morrin set the ECU varsity record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.23, earning fifth-place in the event.

Senior Anna Gibas, Sellers, Anastasia Amoiroglou and Anna Maria Svanbergsson earned the silver in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:42.92.

On the men's side, East Carolina opened the night with a one-two finish in the 400-yard individual medley as senior Attila Kiraly and freshman Fran Krznaric swam NCAA B qualifying times to finish first (3:49.35) and second (3:51.53), respectively. Kiraly, who set the ECU varsity record tonight, captured gold in the 400 IM during C-USA Invitational for the third time after winning the event as a freshman and sophomore.

The Pirates claimed an additional silver medal and five bronze medals as they posted three more NCAA B cuts and another varsity record.

ECU freshman Adam Dear (48.14, NCAA B) edged Old Dominion sophomore Vitor Sa (48.15, NCAA B) by one one-hundredth of a second to take third in the 100-yard butterfly and earn a spot on the podium. Senior Michael Dugan also earned a bronze with a NCAA B time of 1:37.94 in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Rokas Cepulis placed third (53.88) in the 100-yard breaststroke with an ECU varsity record and NCAA B time of 53.88.

East Carolina grabbed big points in the 100-yard backstroke as junior Andre Smedstad was second with a time of 49.40, and teammate senior Alec Francis was third (50.16).

The Pirates claimed their final medal of the night in the final event, winning bronze in the 400-yard medley relay. Smedstad, Cepulis, Dear and Nikola Simic posted a time of 3:20.59.

ECU sophomore Will Clark and freshman Will Beliveau placed fourth and fifth, respectively, on the 3-meter springboard.

The Pirates are in second-place with 687 points, 155 back of first-place Western Kentucky. ECU holds a 20.5-point lead over third-place Old Dominion.

Competition concludes tomorrow, with finals beginning at 6 p.m. ET