Pirate Swimmers Achieve All-Conference Status



Feb. 23, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- A total of 18 members of the East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned All-Conference USA accolades at this past weekend's C-USA Women's Championship and Men's Invitational. All-conference honors go to the top three finishers in each event.

The Pirates also set 17 varsity records, 14 freshmen marks and accumulated 10 NCAA "B" cuts, while registering 44 all-time top-10 individual school performances.

"This was by far our most successful C-USA meet in regards to how fast we swam," said Pirate head coach Rick Kobe. "We are extremely proud to have such a large number of all-conference performers. Several will have the chance to make Olympic time trial cuts."

Freshman Rokas Cepulis, earned All-Conference USA honors in five events and fellow freshman Nikola Simic achieved all-conference status in four events. Seniors Travis Stauder and Aliton Temotio along with freshman Jeffrey Mead received all-league accolades in three events as part of a trio of relay teams. Freshmen Andre Smedstad and Dan Woods each recorded all-conference performances in a pair of events.

Cepulis won the gold medal in the 200 IM, setting two school records and posting an NCAA "B" qualifying time. He also captured the silver medal in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events.

Sophomore Attila Kiraly repeated as individual 400 IM champion with an ECU varsity record and NCAA "B" qualifying time. Geoffrey Bobsin, Tommy Ryan, Jonathan Bailey and J.D. Flanagan join Kiraly as the single-event all-conference performers.



Flanagan and Woods each met NCAA "B" qualifying standards in the 200 butterfly as did senior Travis Stauder in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 200 and 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay teams also made their "B" cuts.

Freshman Danielle Morrin was the lone member of the ladies' squad to attain all-conference honors in multiple events as she won the silver medal in the 200-yard butterfly, setting a school record, and the bronze in the 400 IM with an ECU freshman record time.

Fellow rookie Megan Rossi earned all-conference honors as she captured the bronze in 1,650-yard freestyle. Rossi set two varsity records and three freshmen marks during the championship event.

Morrin and Rossi combined to set eight ECU records (five varsity, three freshmen).

Seniors Kylie Francis, Kristen Giese and Natalia Favoreto teamed with sophomore Anna Gibas to achieve all-league status with a bronze medal finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Pirates finished in third-place in both the Women's Championship and Men's Invitational.