ECU Claims Second Place In Both Men's And Women's Championships
Feb. 26, 2006
Houston, Texas. - East Carolina finished in second place at both the 2006 Conference USA Men's Invitational and Women's Championships held at Houston's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium each of the past four days.
SMU took home its first Conference USA Women's Swimming and Diving title and Men's Invitational crown in the program's inaugural year in the league. For the women, East Carolina followed in second (587), while the Houston Cougars were only two points behind the Pirates. Rice followed in fourth with 540.5 points, while Tulane (402.5) and Marshall (249) rounded out the women's teams.
On the men's side, East Carolina finished second (781), while the University of Hawaii (583) came in third.
The women's team began the day in fourth place and trailed Houston entering the final race of the day, 400-yard freestyle relay. East Carolina finished the race in third place (3:25.42) ahead of Houston (3:27.00) and added 32 points to its total. UH's mark gave the squad 28 and pushed the team behind ECU.
Junior Kate Gordon, a member of the 400 free relay team, helped the Pirates bolster their point total with a second place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.98), just ahead of teammate Holly Williams (2:03.34), whom placed third.
ECU stood second after three days and was able to hold onto its second place standing earning three third place finishes on the final day of competition.
Sophomore Greg Neville placed third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.31.
Sophomore Peter Bradyhouse earned a medal in the platform dive with a third place finish, earning a total score of 129.95.
The team of Chrsitoph Lubenau, Bryan Yasinsac, Josh Curnutte and Charlie McCanless placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.36.