ECU Swimming & Diving Teams Race Past UNCW

The East Carolina men and women's swimming and diving teams turned in a dominating performance Tuesday night as they swept a dual meet from arch-rival UNC Wilmington.

The women's team remained perfect with a 179.5-114.5 victory to improve to 5-0 on the season. The men's squad posted a 184-115 victory to improve to 4-1 overall.

Senior Rebecca Perry and freshman Stephanie Harper each registered multi-event wins. Perry took home first place honors in the 50-yard freestyle (23.73) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:05.69). Harper swept the women's breaststroke events, winning both the 100 (1:05.49) and 200 (2:25.11)-yard races.

Senior Christie Icenhower won both diving events posting a score of 249.08 on the one-meter board and 261.45 on the three-meter board.

Other first place finishers on the women's side included: Rachel Blue (200 free), Jenna Stewart (100 free), and Jackie Jones (200 IM).

Senior Greg Neville and freshman Thiago Cavalcanti each posted multi-events victories for the men. Neville swept the backstroke events with a time of a 53.50 in the 100-yard race and a then swam the 200 in a time of 1:54.78.

Cavalcanti placed first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:46.66) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.41). He was one of four ECU freshmen to win an individual event.

Other rookie winners included: Matthew Saccurato (200 butterfly), Ben Sisler (200 breaststroke) and Tommy Ryan (200 IM). Senior Charlie McCanless also won an individual event, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle.

After defeating Towson at home this past Saturday, the men's team has recorded three victories in its past four dual meets. The ladies also posted a victory over Towson over the weekend as they opened the season with four wins for a fourth consecutive season.

ECU returns to dual meet action on Saturday, November 10 at College of Charleston.


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