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.
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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.