North Carolina opened its 2014-15 dual meet swimming and diving schedule in impressive fashion, sweeping Southeastern Conference power Tennessee at Koury Natatorium.
The North Carolina men posted a 170-130 victory over the Volunteers and the Tar Heels women prevailed by a score of 204-96.
Carolina’s women’s divers turned in stellar performances for the opening meet of the campaign as UNC’s school records on both boards fell. Freshman Elissa Dawson won the one-meter diving with a score of 320.40, eclipsing the previous University mark of 305.20 set in 2011 by Jenna Moore. In three-meter diving, UNC’s Michole Timm, a redshirt junior, scored 352.35 points. She also broke a record set by Moore at 331.45 in 2011.
On the men’s side, UNC won seven individual events and one relay and utilized its depth to pull away for a 40-point win. The difference in the meet proved to be Carolina’s knack to consistently pick up second and third place finishes.
Logan Heck and Ben Colley were outstanding on the men’s side as they both grabbed two individual wins and swam on the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. Heck was the first-place finisher in the two sprint freestyle events while Colley blistered the field in both butterfly events.
East Carolina: The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 2013-14 All-America Scholar Athlete honorees. The NFCA recognized 4,687 softball players across seven membership divisions. East Carolina contributed seven student-athletes to that total.
Gabby Andino, Sarah Christian, Alex Fieldhouse, Jill Jelnick, Lydia Ritchie, Caroline Umphlett and Abby Wynne were among the Pirates who collected the honors after earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
Wake Forest: The Wake Forest men’s golf team held a one-stroke lead over host East Tennessee State when the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate was suspended due to weather on Friday in Jonesborough, Tenn.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels lead the Ruth’s Chris Lady Tar Heel Invitational by a stroke at 1-under 287 after the first round at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill.
Duke is tied with Wake Forest at 288 while N.C. State is fourth at one-over 289.