July 22, 2019
East Carolina Aquatics competed at the 2018 NC Senior Long Course Championships, held July 18-21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC. ECA finished 4th as a team with a combined score of 326 points. There were several top performers and team records set during the meet.
ECA’s women had a great meet finishing 3rd overall. Emma Hastings finished 3rd in the 800 Free and set the 15-16 & 15-18 team records. Her time of 9:12.69 eclipsed the previous low mark of 9:13.58 by Lyndsey Reeve. She posted an impressive 5:11.22 in the 400 IM to finish 13th, while beating the 15-16 team record of 5:14.61 set by Emily Pfeiffer in 2011. Hastings had one of ECA’s top finishes of the meet, earning 2nd in the 1500 Free in a time of 17:44.30. She finished 3rd in the 400 Free touching in 4:26.57. She also finished 7th in the 200 IM in 2:31.48 and 8th in the 200 Free in 2:08.08.
Madeline Smith broke the 15-16 and 15-18 team records in the 100 Back touching in 1:05.98. The 15-16 and 15-18 record of 1:08.00 in the was set by Cristina Lurito in 2011. The Senior record of 1:07.81 was held by Smith herself from 2018. She finished 10th in the event. In a prelims swim on Sunday, Smith set the 15-16 and 15-18 team records in the 200 Back. Her time of 2:27.84 beat the 2018 time of 2:28.12 by Bethany Tart. Smith also holds the Senior record at 2:27.19. She took 5th in the 100 Free in 58.59, 7th in the 200 Free in 2:07.45, and finished 13th in the 50 Free at 27.29.
Catherine Johnson finished 2nd in the 50 Free in a blazing 26.23.
Lyndsey Reeve placed 4th in the 400 Free in 4:27.88, and she placed 5th in the 200 Free in 2:06.79. She swam the finals of the 100 Fly in finishing 21st in 1:06.09.
Bethany Tart touched 6th in 100 Free 58.81. She was 8th in the 50 Free clocking 27.12. She also placed 10th in the 200 Free in 2:07.98 and had a finals swim in the 100 Fly, finishing 23rd in 1:06.47.
Berlyn Perdomo placed 13th in the 1500 Free in a time of 18:33.69.
Hastings, Reeve, Tart, and Smith took down the 15-18 and Senior Records in the 800 Free Relay. Their 4th place time of 8:39.04 beat the 2009 mark by 5 seconds. The same quartet took 3rd in the 400 Free Relay in 3:59.57. Smith, Tart, and Reeve were joined by Kristen Ivey in setting new 15-18 and Senior team records in the 400 Medley Relay posting 4:31.56 in the 5th place finish. The previous record was set in 2018.
ECA’s men had some great swims as well. Conner Wang made the A Final in the Men's 100 Fly and placed 8th in 59.27.
Trevor Torres finished 14th in the Men's 50 Free clocking 24.49. He finished 17th in the 100 Free qualifying for the US Swimming Junior National in a time of 52.65. He also finished 20th in the Men's 200 Free in 1:59.33.
Wang was joined by Garrett Despres, Russell Exum, and Charlie Jones for the 800 Free Relay which finished 13th with a time of 8:14.74. The Men’s 400 Medley Relay of Torres, Exum, Wang, and Sadler Smith placed 11th in 4:10.46. The same quartet placed 11th in the 400 Free Relay in 3:42.04. The 400 Free Relay “B” team of Jones, Nathan Wingard, Ethan Lawless, and Seth Tillery finished 17th in 3:48.99.
Other competitors include Lauren Bullard, Sarah Clifford, Brooke Despres, and Capri Perdomo.