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Gators Brave a Blizzard at Blizzard Blitz Meet

Many of East Carolina Aquatics top Senior level swimmers competed at the TAC Blizzard Blitz meet, held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC, December 7-9.  Despite the blizzard-like conditions in the Triangle on Sunday, the aptly named meet went on.  The cold weather and snow did not stop ECA from swimming fast including many top 16 scoring swims and breaking a few team records along the way.

Emma Hastings broke four 13-14 team records, including the 500 Free, 1650 Free, 200 Fly, and 400 IM.  She won the 500 Free with a blistering 4:58.67, dropping 2 seconds off her time from last March.  She blasted a 17:31.94 in the 1650, which eclipsed one of the oldest records left on the books.  Megan Pulaski swam a very fast 17:36.04 way back in 2000.  She finished 3rd in the event.  She finished 4th in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:08.81, exactly 2 seconds faster than she went in November. Hastings also took down the 400 IM team record with a time of 4:32.89. The previous record of 4:33.89 was set in 2006 by Lauren Perdue. She placed 2nd in the event. Hastings also won the 200 Free in a blazing time of 1:51.54 and finished 10th in the 100 Free in 54.27.

Madeline Smith took 2nd in the 200 IM in a new team record time of 2:08.63.  The previous record of 2:09.64 was set by Emma Hastings in November.  She won the 13-14 200 Back in 2:07.01 and placed 2nd in the 100 Free in 52.02 and 200 Free 1:51.84.  She placed 3rd in the 13-14 50 Free touching in 24.18.  Smith also finished 5th in the 100 Back in a time of 58.77 and finished 13th in the 100 Fly in 59.56.

Bethany Tart finished 5th in the 15 & Over 100 Free in 52.96.  She also finished 7th in the 50 Free in 24.30 and was 12th in the 100 Back (59.54).  She was 13th in the 200 IM in 2:12.21 and placed 17th in the 200 Free in a time of 1:53.24. 

Luke McCarthy won the 11-12 500 Free in a time of 5:29.18.  He was 2nd in the 1650 with a time of 18:59.05 and the 200 Breast in a time of 2:34.05.  His 200 Breast time of 2:34.05 was a 3 second drop and took down the 2006 team record of 2:35.42 set by Cody Shaw. He touched the wall 3rd in the 50 Fly in 29.81 and placed 4th in the 100 IM in a time of 1:05.04.  He placed 5th in both the 50 and 100 Breast clocking 33.26 and 1:12.70 respectively.

Trevor Torres had a 3rd place swim in the 15 & Over 50 Free in a time of 21.26.  He placed 9th in the 100 Breast clocking 59.45.

Matthew McCray finished 5th in the 13-14 100 Back in a time of 56.27.  He also finished 6th in the 50 Free in 23.22 and 15th in the 200 Back in 2:06.95.

Conner Wang finished 6th in the 15 & Over 100 Fly in 51.24.  He also placed 9th in the 50 Free in 21.87

Connor Dennison finished 7th in the 15 & Over 200 Fly in 1:57.64.

Jack Nowacek took the 15th spot in 15 & Over 50 Free in a time of 22.18. 

Other event finalists included Riley Brown, Abigail Burns, Sarah Clifford, Noelle de Vente, Charlie Jones Faith Koesters, and Sarah Prosser.