Swimming And Diving Host Annual Purple-Gold Meet Friday
Sept. 25, 2013
The East Carolina University Swimming and Diving team will host its annual Purple-Gold Intrasquad scrimmage Friday at 3 p.m. at Minges Natatorium.
Friday's intrasquad meet will give fans their first look at the 2013-14 Pirates. ECU returns four of its five student-athletes that posted a NCAA `B' qualifying time last season. Juniors Rokas Cepulis and Daniel Woods each posted `B' qualifying times in two events with senior Attila Kiraly and sophomore Bailie Monahan achieving qualifying status in one event each.
"It's been over six months since we've been racing, so I'm very excited to get started," said Cepulis, who holds three varsity records. "This really helps us get our mind focused toward racing after spending weeks training."
"I'm so excited," Monahan exclaimed. "The meet gives us a chance to see where everyone is. I believe we have a great team this year and that we have the ability to win Conference USA."
The ECU men return 16 lettermen and welcome eight newcomers to the roster, led senior co-captains Alec Francis and Hyatt Gaston. Kiraly, who holds two varsity records, is the only other senior on the men's team, which features 21 underclassmen. In total, members of this year's squad hold eight varsity records.
Juniors Lauren Chew and Danielle Morrin were elected co-captains of the women's squad, which features six seniors. Anna Gibas holds the school records in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke with additional top 10 times in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM. Gibas is one of the Pirates' four current varsity record holders on this year's team along with Monahan (200 butterfly), Morrin (400 IM) and Megan Rossi (1000 and 1650 freestyle).
The 2013-14 campaign features six home dual meets, starting Oct. 26 against South Carolina. The season begins with the North Carolina Collegiate Kick-Off Classic in Greensboro, Oct. 4-5, before dual meet competition opens at Davidson on Oct. 12.
The 2014 Conference USA Women's Championships and Men's Invitational will be held Feb. 26 - March 3 in Atlanta. The NCAA Women's Championship will be in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-23, while the men's national championship will be March 27-30 in Austin, Texas.