Gators Compete at Senior Sectionals

Some of East Carolina Aquatics’ fastest swimmers competed at the 2020 ESSZ Senior Sectional Championships, held March 5-8 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC.  ECA had many event finalists, top 8 swims, and even set a few team records.    

Emma Hastings earned a silver medal in the women's 1650 Free, knocking 8 seconds off of her own 15-16, 15-18, and Senior team record, earning a winter Junior Nationals cut.  She earned Bronze in the Women's 400m Meter Freestyle in a time of 4:23.64, a Junior National qualifying time. She also destroyed her own 15-16, 15-18, and Senior team record in the women's 1000 Free, finishing 4th in a summer Junior National qualifying time of 9:55.21, dropping 13 seconds from November. She finished 5th 200m Free in 2:06.86.    

Trevor Torres earned a silver medal at Sectionals tonight in the 50m Freestyle with a new 15-18 and Senior team record time of 23.43.  The previous 15-18 record of 23.98 was set by Philip Perdue in 2014. The former Senior low mark of 23.79 was swum by Nikola Simic in 2012.  The time qualifies for summer Junior Nationals.   

Garrett Despres set a new 15-18 and Senior team record in the Men's 1650 Free posting 16:01.24.  Russell Exum held the record of 16:04 from December. He finished 6th overall. Despres finished 15th in the 1000 Free at 9:32.41.  He competed in finals in the 200m Free posting 2:01.93, placing 24th.    

Madeline Smith had a strong meet with a 6th place finish in the 200m Free at 2:07.99.  She placed 9th in the 100m Free touching in 58.46. She finaled in the 50m Free placing 20th in 27.65 and was 25th in the 100m Back at 1:07.58.    

Russell Exum finished 10th in the 200m Free clocking 1:59.11.  He finished 13th in the 1000 Free, stopping the clock at 9:31.52.  He was also 19th in the 100m Fly at 58.13.     

Charlie Jones finished 14th the 1000 Free at 9:31.89.  He was 15th in the 200m Free at 2:01.52. He was also 16th in the 200m Fly at 2:13.64 and was 22nd in the 100m Fly in 59.80.     

Conner Wang had a big swim in the 100m Fly, placing 9th 57.65.    

Bethany Tart competed in finals in the 100m Free, finishing 19th in 1:00.39.  She was also 24th in the 200m Free at 2:12.66.    

Other competitors include Sadler Smith, Seth Tillery, and Nathan Wingard.