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Swimming And Diving Opens Season With Sweep Of Davidson

Go Tigers! Holly Berenotto
Go Tigers!
Holly Berenotto
Go Tigers!

Oct. 20, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams each opened their dual meet season Saturday by posting a win over Davidson College at Minges Natatorium. The ladies recorded a 185-107 triumph, while the men earned a 186-100 victory.

"This was one of the best meets we've ever had at home as a team and I've been here for over 30 years," Pirate head coach Rick Kobe said. "We defeated a very good Davidson team and I couldn't be any more pleased with where we are this early in the season."

ECU won 33 of the 35 events Saturday, sweeping all four relays, the five freestyle races along with both backstroke and butterfly events. Davidson's lone victories came in the women's 200 breaststroke and the women's 1-meter diving.

Senior Holly Berenotto and freshman Bailie Monahan led the women's team with four first-place finishes apiece. Berenotto swept the sprint freestyle events winning the 50, 100 and 200. Monahan won the 100 and 200 butterfly. Both were part of the first-place 200 medley relay teams, while Monahan was also part of the 400 free relay winner.

Sophomore Lauren Chew also posted multiple victories, touching first in the 500 and 1000 freestyle.

Sophomore Rokas Cepulis led the men's team with a trio of individual triumphs, while also helping ECU win the 200 medley relay. Cepulis touched first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 200 IM.

Freshman Michael Dugan and senior JD Flanagan each posted two first-place finishes with Dugan winning the 200 and 500 freestyle and Flanagan sweeping the butterfly events in the 100 and 200.

The Pirates won three of four diving competitions. Senior Tyler Dunsmore won the men's 1-meter with an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 305.63, while freshman Sean Piacente recorded the top score in the men's 3-meter competition. Both divers finished second in the event in which he didn't win.

Senior Kirstie Russell posted the highest score on the 3-meter board and earned second-place on the 1-meter.

ECU will resume dual meet competition on Friday, Oct. 26 as part of a tri-meet with Catawba and Limestone.