May 20, 2019
East Carolina Aquatics hosted the 2019 ECA Beach Invitational, May 17-19, at the Sports Center in Morehead City. Over 400 swimmers from ECA, the YMCA of the Triangle Area, Carolina Aquatic Team, and New South Swimming, competed in the long course venue. The weather was perfect for an outdoor meet at the beach.
Owen Lin continued to rewrite the ECA record books with 6 new 9-10 Boys team records this weekend. Lin’s 100 Breast time of 1:31.12 just edged out teammate Ezra Zapler’s 2018 time of 1:31.13. He broke Zapler’s 200 Breast record as well by nearly 20 seconds with a time of 3:16.25. He broke the 200 Back record set in 2009 by Kevin Andrews by 10 seconds posting 2:58.90. His 200 Fly is the first recorded 200 Meter Fly by a 10-year-old swimmer with a great time of 2:59.98. He also swept the IM records breaking Will Barker’s 2014 200 IM mark of 2:53.48 by 2 seconds in 2:51.96. He took down his own 400 IM mark from last summer by over 45 seconds touching in 5:59.01.
Lyndsey Reeve, 17, was outstanding in her home pool with 5 individual victories. She took first in the Senior Girls 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 1500 Free, 100 Fly and 200 Fly. Emma Hastings, 15, won the 400 IM. Arianna Lee, 11, took the top spot in the Girls 11-12 50 Breast.
Trevor Torres, 17, won 3 events in the Senior Men’s age group. He touched first in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 Free. Charlie Jones, 15, won the 200 Fly. Conner Wang, 18, won the 100 Fly. Ezra Zapler won the 11-12 50 and 100 Breast. Brycen Andrews, 11, won the 11-12 50 Fly.
The following swimmers earned top 3 swims: Andrews, Hastings, Lin, Wang, Zapler, Madeline Smith, Adelaide Kelley, Madison Bowen, Sadler Smith, Garrett Despres, Bethany Tart, Layla Holland, Lily Flarity, Emmalyn Buskirk, Ashlyn Lewis, and Braeden Youngblood.
ECA will host another meet in Morehead on June 15.