Pirates Swim Past Catawba And Limestone



Oct. 26, 2012

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SALISBURY, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams each improved to 3-0 with victories over Catawba and Limestone late Friday. The Pirates topped Catawba 73-22 and Limestone 80-15 on the men's side, while the ladies posted an 86-9 win over Catawba and an 80-15 triumph over Limestone.

ECU finished first in 20 of 22 events and placed one, two, three in five events; sweeping the men's and women's 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. The Pirates also finished first and second in eight additional events with eighteen different individuals claiming a first-place finish.

Senior Holly Berenotto and sophomore Nikola Simic were the only swimmers to win multiple events. Berenotto touched first in the 100 (52.86) and 200-yard freestyle (1:54.73), while Simic triumphed in the 50 (21.59) and 100-yard freestyle (46.71).

ECU freshmen claimed four of the Pirates' nine individual wins on the women's side. Anastasia Amoiroglou won the 50-yard freestyle (24.63), Delany Fox was victorious in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:33.40) and Megan Sellers finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.30). Reigning Conference USA Swimmer-of-the-Week Bailie Monahan captured gold in the 200 IM (2:09.96) by 0:00.41 over classmate Alexandra Jones.

Other winners on the ladies side included Lauren Chew (500 freestyle) Anna Gibas (200 backstroke) and Lauren Gray (200 butterfly).

Junior Hyatt Gaston won the men's 1000-yard freestyle (9:52.36) by nearly two seconds ahead of classmate Attila Kirlay (9:54.26), who touched first in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.39). Sophomores Rokas Cepulis (200 breaststroke) and Daniel Woods (200 butterfly) along with freshman Michael Dugan (500 freestyle) also claimed individual victories.

ECU took the top three spots in the women's 400-yard medley relay and first and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The men's team also captured first-place in both relay events.

The Pirates return to action Nov. 2 as part of a tri-meet with Campbell and N.C. State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center on the N.C. State campus.