GREENVILLE, North Carolina, October 7. THE North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the season with victories over in-state opponent East Carolina at Minges Natatorium. The UNC men won 191.5-102.5 while the Tar Heel women beat the Pirates 195-99.
UNC's men had top performers in 14 of the 16 events, with strong performances by senior Steve Cebertowicz, senior Wil Singley, junior Tom Luchsinger, and freshman Dominick Glavich.
Cebertowicz captured individual victories in both the 50-Yard Freestyle and the 100-Yard Freestyle. Cebertowicz also anchored both the 200-Yard Medley Relay and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay for the Tar Heels. Singley made a splash with impressive wins in both the 200-Yard Freestyle and the 500-Yard Freestyle.
Junior Tom Luchsinger had quite the workload Thursday evening, winning in both the 200-Yard Medley Relay and the 200-Yard Butterfly, getting second in the 100-Yard Butterfly and posting a solid time of 4:04.71 for the Tar Heels in the 400-Yard Individual Medley.
Freshman Dominick Glavich impressed with wins in both the 200-Yard Medley Relay and the 200-Yard Backstroke.
"Steve Cebertowicz and Wil Singley were outstanding seniors, they had great summers which is really important in their careers," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "Steve started off tonight with some excellent first meet swims in events and anchoring relays.
"Tom Luchsinger is somebody that we count on every meet because he delivers and he did a really excellent job," said DeSelm. "Freshman Dominick Glavich pushed Tom [Luchsinger] in the 200-Fly and got second, and that's a very strong time for him at this point in the season."
UNC was victorious in 13 of its 16 events on the women's side, with notable performances by senior co-captain Laura Moriarty, sophomore Stephanie Peacock, and three upstart freshmen: Danielle Siverling, Nikki Barczak and Kelsey Cummings.
Moriarty was victorious in three events, including the 200-Yard Medley Relay, the 100-Yard Breaststroke, and the 200-Yard Breaststroke. Peacock also had some strong wins in the 200-Yard Freestyle and the 500-Yard Freestyle.
Three UNC freshmen – Siverling, Barczack and Cummings – each made waves in their events tonight, combining for four individual wins and five total.
"Moriarty's leadership outside the pool, on the deck, and in the water really helped us get off to a good start tonight," said DeSelm. "Peacock is coming off a great summer, she's a world class freestyler. I think she is three or four seconds ahead of her time at last year's meet.
"[Peacock] has qualified for the Olympic trials and she's got her sights set on that."
"The women's side had great freshmen, with Kelsey Cummings who swam a fine 1000-Yard Freestyle and won her first college event," said DeSelm. "Danielle Siverling, in her first collegiate meet was also able to win an event. It's exciting to see some of our new incoming freshmen contribute in a big way."
Both DeSelm and UNC Diving Coach Kevin Lawrence have high hopes for the upcoming season.
"We feel good about the win, good about the performances, but we have a lot of work to do," said DeSelm. "We have a lot of skill, technical, discipline issues to address, but that's what the first meet is good for."
"It was a solid performance and the first meet for our freshmen," said Lawrence. "They did well for their first meet jitters."
Carolina hits the ground running with a stout victory, giving both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams 1-0 starts. The men and women of East Carolina's swimming and diving fall to 0-1.
The Tar Heels hit the water again Saturday for the Blue vs. White meet in Chapel Hill, then will head to face Georgia Tech on the 21st of October.
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