Sophomore diver Meghan Coyne
Oct. 8, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men and women's swimming and diving team were swept by North Carolina in their season-opening dual meet Thursday night at Minges Aquatic Center. The Pirate men dropped a 187-105 decision, while the women fell to the Tar Heels, 183-105.
"This was a good opener for us," Pirate coach Rick Kobe said. "We had several kids who were out sick, so our other kids really had to step up tonight. I'm very pleased with the effort and very proud of the way they competed."
Junior Andrew Stoker was the top performer for the men as he claimed the Pirates' lone first-place finish of the meet with a time of 50.71 in the 100-yard butterfly. Stoker also scored in the 200-yard butterfly with a fourth-place finish.
Junior Thiago Cavalcanti had a pair of top three finishes, as he placed second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 1000-yard freestyle. Fellow classmate Ailton Temotio scored in both the sprint free events with a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.
On the women's side, junior Jenna Stewart earned a second-place finish in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, while sophomore Kelsey Brosi recorded a pair of third place finishes in the 50 and 200-yard freestyle.
Sophomore diver Meghan Coyne qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships with a Minges Pool record score of 269.40 on the one-meter springboard. Freshman Kirstie Russell earned a fourth-place finish on the one-meter board with a score of 240.75.
On the three-meter springboard, Russell placed third with a score of 236.78 and Coyne placed fourth Cohen placed fifth on the men's side with Dunsmore finishing sixth.
The Pirates return to dual meet competition Saturday, Oct. 16, against Gardner-Webb. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start in Boiling Springs.