ECU falls at JMU swim meet

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GREENVILLE, North Carolina – Despite two victories Caitlin Reynera and Polina Rukosuev, East Carolina fell in a single game to James Madison, 180-120, on Saturday in the poll and is diving well. Pirates drop to 4-2 on the year, while JMU improve to 2-1.

“This trip has been a bag of mixed results,” said ECU head coach Matt Jabs. “As a team, we have to learn how to deal with adversity, discomfort and the challenge of competition on the road. It’s something we will work on and improve on.

“Although we gave up some races we expected to win, we also had a few individuals who swim well and our divers did very well each diving breaking season records with Anna Otto recording the best of his life on 1 meter and Flanaire Patterson winning the 1 meter event.

Reynera won the 100m breaststroke (1:04.98) taking nine points and as a sophomore Rachel Gibson took third place (1:08.09) with three points. Reynera also won the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:19.45, while the rookie Heidi Bruing finished second (2:21.07) and second Rachel Gibson third (2:256.93).

Rukosuev won medal honors in the 1000 freestyle (10.21.97) and 500 freestyle (5:01.59), while a freshman. Sadie Covington took third place in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10.33.66. Covington also finished third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:11.77.

Bruining won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.91 and took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.58, while rookie Claire Mowery took first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.40 and Brynna was fifth (59.99). Subclass Companion Laura Kelberg finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.11.

In the diving well, Flanaire Patterson took first place in the 1 meter dive with a score of 234.60, while Anna Otto took fourth place with after posting a score of 232.50. Caitlin Irvine-Smith finished sixth after her score of 231.45. Otto took second place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 246.08, while Patterson was fifth (236.70) and Irvine-Smith was seventh (216.08).

“I think our girls dove really well today,” added ECU diving coach Ryne McIntire. “Our consistency is improving and that’s a fundamental part of our development. I’m looking forward to continuing this weekend.”

ECU returns to action Nov. 17-19 when it competes in the WVU Invitational in Morgantown, WVa., which begins Thursday.

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