Pirates in Third Place At C-USA Championships
Feb. 28, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - The East Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams each occupy third place after two days of competition at the 2008 Conference USA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship and Invitational being held at the CRWC Natatorium on the campus of the University of Houston.
SMU took control of the C-USA Women's Championship team scoring after a dominant day and now leads with 323 points, followed by Rice with 213 and East Carolina with 178. Houston sits in fourth with 125 points, while Marshall is fifth with 116 points.
ECU would be in second place, but its 400-yard medley relay team was disqualified for an early jump costing it 36 points.
First-year women's invitational members Northern Colorado (106) and Cal State Bakersfield (90) sit in sixth and seventh in the invitational team scoring.
Pirate senior Rebecca Perry posted an NCAA 'B' qualifying time of 23.04 in the 50-yard freestyle and placed fourth in the event.
Men's teams from league schools East Carolina and SMU along with Hawaii and Cal State Bakersfield are also competing in the C-USA Men's Invitational.
SMU leads that event after day two with 337.50 points, followed by Hawai'i with 270, East Carolina with 218.50 and Cal State Bakersfield with 135.
ECU freshman Thiago Cavalcanti earned all-conference honors in the 500-yard freestyle by placing third with a time of 4:29.62. Fellow rookie Matt Saccurato also turned in an all-conference performance in the 200-yard IM by placing third with a time of 1:51.30.
The meet resumes at 10 a.m., Friday with the preliminaries of the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. The women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter diving preliminaries will begin around 1 p.m. The finals for those events are slated to begin around 6 p.m.