May 6, 2019
ECA kicked off the 2019 Long Course Season at the GOLD LC Invitational, held Sunday, May 5 at the Goldsboro Family YMCA in Goldsboro, NC.
Owen Lin, 10, won three 9-10 Boys events, each with team record times. He got things started in the 100 Free with a time of 1:08.24, which eclipsed Will Barker's 2014 time of 1:09.03. He also broke Barker’s record in the 100 Fly of 1:20.17 with a very fast time of 1:19.88. His 50 Breast time of 40.14 broke Ezra Zapler’s record time of 43.13 from 2018. He finished 2nd in the 50 Back as well in a time of 38.07.
Zapler, now 11, won 3 events in the 11-12 Boys age group. He took the top spot in the 100 Free (1:05.08), 50 Back, (36.50), and 50 Breast (38.75).
Bethany Tart, 16, won the 15 & Over Girl’s 100 Fly posting 1:10.04.
The following swimmers had top 4 swims: Lin, Zapler, Tart, Arianna Lee, Sadler Smith, Emma Hastings, Garrett Despres, Kristen Ivey, Madeline Smith, Nathan True, Charlie Jones, Mack Jones, and Russell Exum.
ECA will be back in the water May 17-19 as host of the 2019 ECA Beach Invitational, to be held at the Sports Center of Morehead City.