Minges Natatorium was filled with chants of “purple” and “gold” as the East Carolina University swim and dive team hosted its annual intrasquad swim meet on Friday.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are looking to improve this season, and try to bring back American Athletic Conference Championship trophies. Head coach Matthew Jabs, the coaching staff and fans got to see what both teams could do in their first formal competitive race of the year.
“Going into the meet we talked about bringing energy first and foremost which I thought we did,” Jabs said. “It’s hard to swim against yourself. The energy in here was awesome today, they were having a good time, and it was just positive energy throughout.”
There were two teams going up against each other, Purple and Gold. There was a mixture of guys and girls on one team and the rest on the other as they looked to see which team was better this go round. Team Purple defeated Team Gold in the meet 232-216. Nine records were set at the intrasquad meet Friday.
“We also looked for racing,” Jabs said. “I was not as focused on the times as I wanted to see them execute races, get their hands on the wall and compete. I saw that today and was really happy with that. We will improve on some races. There is always things you can get better at but overall I was pleased with how the day went.”
Marek Osina, Jacek Arentewicz, Gustavo Santos and Gavin Erdmann managed to set a record in the men’s medley relay. Osina added another three records on the day in the 200 meter butterfly, 200 meter backstroke and 200 meter individual medley races. Arentewicz had two more records set in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke races. Tristan Taylor added one more record on the men’s team in the 100 meter backstroke race.
Mariana Vignoli on the women’s side set a record in the 1000 meter freestyle event while Stephanie Scherwitzel did the same in 200 meter freestyle race.
On top of the records set in the meet Friday, the freshmen swimmers impressed the fans, coaching staff and veteran swimmers when they showed that they are ready to compete in dual meets and represent ECU this year.
“The freshmen did an awesome job,” Senior freestyle swimmer Gavin Erdman said. “I was honestly surprised to see just how well they were doing because the inter squad meet is always the first meet they have to show up at with high expectations and honestly they exceeded mine which was awesome.”
Jabs and the swim and dive team will welcome the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Minges Natatorium next Friday in their first dual meet of the year with the meet set to begin at 5 p.m.
“It’s going to be exciting to have UNC come in,” Erdmann said. “It was a great victory with football team and we are going to try and carry that domination on with the Tar Heels coming here.”