Nov. 21, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- East Carolina completed its most successful Nike Cup ever over the weekend, posting 12 top-8 finishes in one of the nation's most competitive multi-team events.
"We had a number of very fast swims and a lot of personal-best times recorded throughout the team this weekend," said Pirate head coach Rick Kobe. "This was a very solid weekend for us. I'm really proud of how we competed."
Senior Natalia Favoreto posted the Pirates' lone first-place finish, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.38. She also competed in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke and earned a pair of eighth-place finishes.
Freshman Megan Rossi set the varsity record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a fourth-place finish time of 16:49.71, setting the school record in the 1000-yard freestyle along the way. Fellow rookie Danielle Morrin also turned in a record-setting performance in the women's 400 IM with a freshman record time of 4:24.21 for an eighth-place finish.
Freshman Nikola Simic paced the men's team this weekend with a pair of record-setting performances. Simic set the ECU varsity record in the 50 (20.52) and 100-yard freestyle (44.62). He finished third in the 100 free as he became the first swimmer at ECU to go under 45 seconds in the event.
Freshman Rokas Cepulis competed in the finals of three events, placing fourth in the 200 IM, fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Attila Kiraly and senior Tommy Ryan also competed in the finals of their respective events with Kiraly earning a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke and Ryan claiming eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
A total of 12 ECU student-athletes have qualified for the U.S. Short Course National Championships, which will be held December 1-2 in Atlanta.