Pirates Improve Dual Meet Records
Oct. 24, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina swimming and diving teams hosted their second home meet of the season Saturday with the men claiming a victory over Towson, while the women picked up wins over Campbell and Marshall, but dropped a tight contest to Towson. Collectively the Pirates registered 19 victories on the day - 12 by the Pirates men and seven by the women's team.
Towson defeated ECU's women's team by a 163-137 margin, while the Pirates defeated Campbell by a 208-94 score and Marshall by a 193-100 margin. On the men's side, ECU downed Towson by a final tally of 199-88.
"It was a very fast meet for us today and I'm very excited about the performances of both our teams," Pirate coach Rick Kobe said. "We had a great effort tonight from both our veterans and our newcomers."
Helping earn valuable points was sophomore diver Meghan Coyne, who swept the diving events. Coyne scored a 275.70 tally on the one-meter and a 268.30 score on the three-meter in her victories. Freshman Kirstie Russell placed third on the one-meter and fourth on the three-meter, while Chole McCall placed seventh on the one-meter in her first competition. On the men's side, freshman Tyler Dunsmore swept both springboards, while freshman Alex Cohen placed third on both one and three-meter springboards.
To get things started in between the lanes, the men's relay team comprised of juniors Roman Sandler and Andrew Stoker, senior Jason Guzewich and sophomore Travis Stauder tapped the wall in a time of 1:34.94 to capture first in the 200-medley. On the women's side, ECU's quartet of junior Jenna Stewart, sophomores Kelsey Brosi and Kali Gaskill and freshman Holly Berenotto capped the day by setting a Minges Pool record in the 400-yard free relay with a first-place time of 3:29.48.
In between, the Pirates earned 13 individual victories. Junior Thiago Cavalcanti claimed ECU's first individual win of the day when he topped the field in the 1000-freestyle with a time of 9:27.61. He later earned his second victory of the meet with a first-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:37.34 Andrew Christian followed Cavalcanti with a win in the 200-yard free (1:44.55), which was followed by an ECU sweep of the 100-yard back on both the men's and women's side.
Freshman Kayla Ford finished just ahead of fellow newcomer Kylie Francis to win the 100 and 200 back. Freshman Andy Richter duplicated her performance in the men's 100, while freshman Mike Jolly touched first in the men's 200.
Stauder (58.68) was two-tenths of a second faster in the men's 100-yard breaststroke than Cavalcanti (58.70) and seven seconds faster in the 200 breast as the Pirates claimed the top four spots in both events. Stauder won the 200 with a time of 2:08.67.
On both the men and women's side the ECU sprint freestylers dominated their competition. Stewart placed first with Gaskill and Brosi coming in second and third in the 50 free. Stewart tapped in a time of 23.67 with Brosi finishing in 24.23 and Gaskill in 24.34. Stewart also took first in the 100 free with a time of 50.97, missing her NCAA `B' by seven-tenths of a second.
The men earned the top two spots in both of the sprint free events. Senior Jason Guzewich (21.01) touched nine-tenths of a second ahead of Ailton Temotio (21.10) in the 50 free, while Temotio turned the tables on Guzewich in the 100 free. Temotio tapped in a time of 46.98, while Guzewich placed second with a time of 48.10.
Stoker won his second event of the day when he took first in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 49.70. Earlier in the day he placed first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:53.72.
ECU returns to the water on November 7 when both squads travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on the College of Charleston Cougars. Meet time is set for 1 p.m.