Pirates Set To Dive Into New Season With Purple-Gold Meet

Attila Kiraly

Sept. 27, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams will kick start the 2012-13 season this Friday at 3:30 p.m. with its annual Purple-Gold intrasquad meet at Minges Natatorium, which is re-opening after months of work to install a new filtration system. The Pirates practiced at both the ECU recreational pools and Brook Valley Country Club during the closure.

In addition to its intrasquad meet, ECU will host three dual meets this season, including the season opener against Davidson on Saturday, Oct. 20. Campbell, College of Charleston and Old Dominion will also visit Minges Natatorium later in the year.

The 2012-13 ECU roster includes 40 returning letterwinners and 22 freshmen. Among the returning lettermen are 10 NCAA `B' qualifiers, nine all-conference performers and a pair of individual conference champions.

The men's team is led by two-time Conference USA 400 IM champion Attila Kiraly and sophomore Rokas Cepulis, who won the gold medal in the 200 IM at last year's C-USA Invitational. Cepulis owns the ECU varsity record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 200 IM. Kiraly holds the school record in the 400 IM.

Senior captain JD Flanagan set the varsity record in the 200 butterfly a year ago, earning all-conference honors and a NCAA `B' qualifying time in the process. Junior Hyatt Gaston will serve alongside Flanagan as co-captain.

Sophomores Jeffrey Mead, Nikola Simic, Andre Smedstad and Daniel Woods were also all-conference performers and NCAA `B' qualifiers as freshmen last season.



The women's roster features a trio of varsity record holders. Sophomore Danielle Morrin set new Pirate standards in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM during her freshman campaign, as did Megan Rossi in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle. Morrin earned All-Conference USA accolades in both events, while Rossi captured the bronze medal in the 1650 free to gain all-league honors.

All-conference junior Anna Gibas set the varsity record in 200 backstroke last season, while rookie Charlsie Lincoln registered a new freshman mark in the 200 breaststroke.

Seniors Holly Berenotto, Anna Holland Lawrence and Hannah Lee will captain this year's team. The Pirates will be looking to record their 21st-consecutive winning season, having won at least eight dual meets in 12 of the past 15 seasons.

All home events at Minges Natatorium are free admission. The Pirates will get the regular season underway on Oct. 5 at the North Carolina Collegiate Kickoff Classic in Greensboro.