The East Carolina University men’s and women’s swim teams welcomed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Minges Natatorium on Friday.
Coming off an intrasquad meet full of high energy, head coach Matthew Jabs and both teams looked to carry that into their first dual meet of the year against UNC. Unfortunately both teams could not get the victory as the men’s team fell 159-141 and the women’s team fell 196-99 at home.
"I tell the team every meet, it's about us," ECU head coach Matthew Jabs said per ecupirates.com. "I don't care who we compete against, it's all about us and what we do. When we focus on that, and we bring energy, good things will happen. I'm proud of our captains and team leaders that helped us get the team ready for tonight. There were a lot of positives that came out of this meet."
Freshman backstroke/butterfly/individual medley swimmer Marek Osina led the way for the Pirates by having three individual first-place finishes in the 200 meter individual medley (1:51.67), the 200 meter backstroke (1:48.16) and the 200 meter butterfly (1:51.91) races.
Sophomore breaststroke swimmer Jacek Arentewicz finished first in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:01.78) race. Senior freestyle swimmer Gavin Erdmann used his speed to edge the field by 0.26 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle (21.10).
Senior butterfly/freestyle swimmer Victor Dos Santos won the 100 meter freestyle (46.40) race. Junior butterfly/freestyle swimmer Blaz Demsar has the squad's closet margin of victory on the night, when he touched the wall 0.10 ahead of his nearest competitor in the 500 meter free (4:37.10).
"Hats off to UNC on the win,” Jabs said per ecupirates.com. "They did what they needed to do, but we gave them one heck of a meet and made them earn every point. I'm was really excited about the way we started the meet, and the energy and the execution of our races throughout the entire night.”
On the women’s side, junior freestyle swimmer Catherine Johnson was the lone victor for ECU. She reached the wall a mere 0.07 seconds ahead of fellow junior freestyle swimmer Stefanie Scherwitzel in the 100 meter freestyle (52.13) race.
“I'm very proud of our ladies.” Jabs said per ecupirates.com “They did a good job, improving upon our intrasquad results, and competing in every race. We have a young team and we will learn a lot from this experience.”
Even though the meet did not the yield the positive results Pirate fans were hoping for, the swim team fed off the energy throughout the meet and gave Jabs something else to be happy about at the end of the night.
"We're really appreciative of the crowd that came out to support us,” Jabs said per ecupirates.com. “The energy in Minges tonight was special. There wasn't an empty seat, and it was one of the loudest meets I've been a part of."
ECU will be back in action again on the road Saturday when they take on William & Mary University in Williamsburg, Virginia.