March 13, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University junior Rokas Cepulis, a three-time All-Conference USA performer and the program record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, will make his first career appearance at the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship later this month in Austin, Texas.
Cepulis was one of 235 swimmers from 57 different schools invited to the national meet, which will be held March 27-29 at the University of Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. He is the first ECU male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships since John Tudor in 1979.
"We're extremely proud of Rokas' achievements," ECU Head Coach Rick Kobe said. "He worked extremely hard over the summer and during the season. Making the NCAAs is a reward for all his hard work."
A Conference USA championship silver medalist in the 200 breaststroke as a freshman, sophomore and junior, Cepulis posted an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:55.30 two weeks ago at the conference meet and was third at the 100-yard distance. He broke his own program record in the 200 breaststroke with his qualifying time and also reset the ECU record in the 100-yard breaststroke (53.88).
Earlier this month, women's 100-yard breaststroker Megan Sellers also qualified for the NCAA Championships, giving the Pirates a competitor in both championship events for the first time in school history.
Live coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships includes live streaming of the women's meet March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. each evening on ESPN3 as well as the men's meet March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Additional coverage of the championship meets will air April 2 at 9 p.m. and April 9 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
For more information about the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, visit www.ncaa.com/championships.