East Coast Club Championships: Colorado Women, Rhode Island Men Win Team Titles

ATLANTA, Georgia, April 3. THE final day of the 2011 East Coast Swim Club Championships continued the record breaking trend of the weekend. James Madison women stopped Colorado's clean sweep attempt in the relay event by winning the 200 yard medley relay, setting a new ECC meet record in the mean time. Georgia Tech men's 200 medley relay broke the old meet record by more than 5 seconds, winning gold with a time of 1:31.18.

Maria Bartolotta from the University of Connecticut took home her first gold of the 2011 East Coast Swim Club Championships with a 32.01 in the 50 yard breaststroke. Mickey Malul of Georgia Tech posted a record breaking 24.88 in the 50 breaststroke for his first individual gold. Georgia State's Sarah Porri won her fourth individual gold medal by posting an ECC record of 1:57.65 in the 200 yard freestyle. Steve Nester from Colorado out touched Rhode Island's Joe Sagginario by 22 hundredths of a second in the 200 freestyle, winning gold with a ECC meet record of 1:43.23.

James Madison's Shauna Plesmid and Courtney Daczkowski went 1-2 in the women's 50 yard backstroke, Colorado's Laruen Fowler finishing with the bronze. University of Florida's Jeff Reardon won his first individual gold with a record 23.65 in the men's 50 yard backstroke. Sarah Porri continues her terrific performance by winning her fifth personal gold in the 100 yard butterfly, setting a new ECC meet record with a time of 58.52. Noah Copeland out touched Missouri's Kyle Renne in the men's 100 butterfly, setting yet another ECC record of 50.26.

Going into the final event of the 2011East Coast Swim Club Championships, the Colorado women had already secured a 340 point lead over James Madison, but the University of Florida was only 1 point behind JMU. University of Tennessee's Rachel Leong took home individual gold in 100 IM, out touching Colorado's Laruen Fowler by 13 hundredths of a second.

The men's team score went back and forth between two teams over the entire weekend. Heading into the last event, Rhode Island held a slim 3 point lead over Colorado. Alex MacDonald clinched Rhode Island's team victory with a record breaking swim in championship final of the men's 100 IM, posting a time of 53.18, giving the Rams a 16 point edge in the men's final standing.

Sarah Porri, with her 5 individual gold medals, wins the most valuable female swimmer of the meet award, scoring 114.5 points for the Georgia State Panthers. Yousuf Alyousuf repeats as the most valuable male swimmer, edging out Georgia Tech's Mannfred Slotnick by only 1.5 points. Yousuf scored 98 points for Indiana.

Women's team champion trophy easily went to the University of Colorado. The girls from Boulder scored an impressive 720.50 points to swim the 2011 ECC women's title, while University of Florida just edged out James Madison for second place.

University of Rhode Island took home the men's team champions trophy, while Colorado took second, and the home team Georgia Tech placed third.

The University of Colorado took home the overall team champion trophy, scoring a combined point total of 1,270.50 points, while University of Florida took second with 744.50 points, and last year's team champion University of Missouri took third with 650 points in the overall standing.

The 2011 East Coast Swim Club Championship saw over 1000 swimmers from 47 teams traveling over 25,000 combined miles to compete at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. 31 new meet records were set over the course of 3 days, and first year participants Colorado and Rhode Island both took home trophies with their impressive performance in the meet.

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