Nov. 14, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams head to Chapel Hill this week to take part in the 27th annual Janis Hape Dowd Nike Cup Swimming and Diving Championships at Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The meet will run Thursday through Saturday with preliminaries daily at 10 a.m. and finals each night at 6 p.m.
In addition to the Pirates and host Tar Heels, Navy, N.C. State and Old Dominion along with diving teams Drexel and James Madison will be competing. Northeastern will also participate in the women's events.
The meet will follow the NCAA standard list of events on each of the three days of the championships.
"We have been swimming exceptionally fast during the early portion of our season," Pirate head coach Rick Kobe said. "We are very excited about competing this week against some really outstanding teams. Our goal is to swim fast, compete and maybe make a few NCAA cuts."
The 2011 Nike Cup saw North Carolina win the men's and women's meet with the Pirates finishing fourth on the women's side and seventh on the men's.
Individually for ECU last season, Megan Rossi finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a varsity record time of 16:49.71. Danielle Morrin earned an eighth-place finish in the 400 IM with a rookie record time of 4:24.21, while Nikola Simic finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a school record mark of 44.62, becoming the first ECU swimmer to go under 45 seconds in the event. He set the ECU record in the 50-yard freestyle as well. Rokas Cepulis placed among the top-8 in three events: 200 IM (4th), 100 breaststroke (5th), 200 breaststroke (7th).