Pirates Set For 2017 American Swimming & Diving Championships

Published: Feb. 13, 2017 at 4:02 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The East Carolina men's swimming and diving team will be seeking its third consecutive American Athletic Conference championship, while the ladies will be going after their first league title as they compete at the 2017 American Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday through Saturday at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium on the campus of the University of Houston.

The meet will begin Wednesday, Feb. 15, with swimming prelims at noon, followed by the relay finals at 6 p.m. All other days swimming prelims will begin at 11 a.m., diving at 1:30 and the finals at 7 p.m. All evening sessions will be streamed live on The American Digital Network.

The ECU men's team has won the conference title each of its first two years in the league, while the ladies posted a fifth-place finish last season after claiming third in their inaugural campaign.

On the men's side, Maxime Cadiat (50 freestyle), John Myhre (100 freestyle), William Hicks (100 breaststroke), Erle Craven (200 breaststroke) and Fran Krznaric (200 IM) have the conference's leading times in their events. Marion Abert owns the league's top time in the women's 500 freestyle.

ECU has five past conference champions on its current rosters. Hicks won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 2016, while Krznaric captured the 200 backstroke and 200 IM at last year's championship meet. Boleck DePawlikowski was the 2016 men's 400 IM victor and Vendela Norrman was triumphant in the women's 200 breaststroke. John Myhre was part of the 2016 gold-medal winning 800 freestyle relay squad.

The Pirate men finished the 2016-17 dual meet season with a record of 7-3 and the ladies posted a 9-3 mark.

This week's American championships mark the final meet for ECU Head Coach Rick Kobe, who is retiring after 35 years at the helm. He will finish his career with an combined dual meet record of 538-191-1 and ranked fourth all-time in NCAA history in wins.