East Coast Swim Club Championships: Colorado Women, Florida Men Remain in Lead

ATLANTA, Georgia, March 31. DAY two of the 2012 East Coast Swim Club Championship continued the record setting trend. University of Colorado Women took home yet another gold in the 400 Free Relay, breaking the ECC meet record set last year with a new time of 3:41.86. University of Florida men also took home their third gold in the 4×100 Free Relay, with a new ECC meet record time of 3:05.46.

Caitlin Connor of Missouri took home her first individual gold of the meet with 28.85 in the women's 100 Butterfly, while Alan Maher took home his second individual gold with a new meet record time of 21.79 in the 100 Fly. Ellesse Spaeth of Colorado-Boulder took home two gold medals this evening, with a record breaking 2:12.09 in the 200 IM and a 1:08.39 in the 100 Breaststroke. William Walter of University of Florida took home his third and fourth gold medals while setting two new ECC meet records, first with a 1:51.26 in the 200 IM and later with a 1:41.26 in the 200 Free.

Caitlin Connor won her second individual gold of the evening in the 50 Free with a final time of 25.00, while MuFu Kadibhai of Florida made his first appearance on the awards podium with his impressive 20.98 in the Men's 50 Free. Eric Rohrs set a new ECC meet record in the preliminary swim, but promptly rewrote it in the championship final finishing with a 56.29. Elizabeth Dyer of UNC-Wilmington and Casey Cooper of NC State went stroke for stroke in the 100 backstroke, with Dyer out touching Cooper at the finish line with a new ECC meet record of 59.51. Both ladies have the distinction of being the first to go under the one-minute mark in the women's 100 Back.

Alan Maher turned in the most spectacular swim of the evening continuing his dominance in the backstroke event, posting a 46.84 in the 100 backstroke, breaking both the 100 back record as well as the 50 back record with his 22.33 split.

The 3-meter diving competition occurred between the prelim and finals sessions. Katherine Andrie from Metro State College of Denver took home the gold, posting a score of 366.60, and Daniel Schott of Rhode Island took home the men's title with a score of 485.70. The 1000 yard freestyle was completed as a timed final event during prelim. Aves Schler defended her 1000 free title with a final time of 11:03.62, while Graham Parkinson beat out fellow teammate Bruce Deakyne for the men's 1000 gold, posting a time of 9:47.20.

The last event of the evening saw the University of Florida women took home their first relay gold, with a record breaking 1:52.74 in the 200 Medley relay. Florida men continue their dominance in the relay, winning their fourth gold with a time of 1:32.11.

The Colorado Women continue to build on their lead that they established after day 1, expanding their lead to 191 points. Florida men still hold a 93 point lead over the Colorado men, but with the help of the women's team, Colorado has a sizable 181.5 point lead in the overall standing.

The 2012 East Coast Swim Club Championship concludes tomorrow at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. For more information, please visit http://www.gtswimclub.com/ecc.php

Team Scores through day 2:

Women's Top 5: Colorado 630, Missouri 439, Florida 355.50, Illinois 266.50, Penn State 239

Men's Top 5: Florida 664, Colorado 571, Missouri 410, Rhode Island 363, Connecticut 321

Combined Top 5: Colorado 1201, Florida 1019.5, Missouri 849, Connecticut 545.5, Indiana 402

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