Men's Swimming & Diving Slips To Second At C-USA Invitational
Feb. 23, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas --- East Carolina sophomore Rebecca Perry automatically qualified for the 2006 NCAA Championships in the 50-yard freestyle race at the 2006 Conference USA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. Perry set an ECU varsity record in the event with a time of 22.88 to earn a spot in next month's national championships in Athens, Ga.
Her performance ensures the Pirates' presence at the NCAA Championships for a third consecutive season.
Perry placed fifth in the event to help ECU maintain its hold on third place at the championships, while the men's team slipped to second in the C-USA Invitational.
"We've had some outstanding performances here," said Pirate head coach Rick Kobe. "These are some of the best championship performances I've seen in my 25 years at ECU. I'm very pleased with how we're competing and very excited for Rebecca to earn a spot in the NCAAs."
The four-day championship, held at Houston's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium, concluded its second day of events on Thursday with the Houston women (213) in second place, followed by East Carolina (195), Rice (152), Tulane (136) and Marshall (85).
On the men's side, the Mustangs jumped into first place with a tally of 361 points, followed by East Carolina (264) and University of Hawai'i (200).
Sophomore Christie Icenhower, 2005 C-USA Freshman Diver of the Year, medaled on the three-meter boards with a third place finish, tallying a score of 287.90.
On the men's side junior Bryan Yasinsac also set a new school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.65 in a seventh place finish. Teammate Christoph Lubenau finished .05 behind Yasinsac in eighth place.
The meet continues Friday, starting with the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. The preliminaries of the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter competition are slated to begin at 1 p.m. (CST). The finals will resume at 6 p.m.