North Carolina wins weekend invite
Tar Heels defeat second-place Duke by nearly 800 points
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina dominated 2011 Janis Hape Dowd Cup at Maurice J. Koury Natatorium Saturday night, wrapping up what was a very successful three-day meet.
UNC closed out the meet with first-place finishes in the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100 yard-freestyle, 200 yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and the 3-meter diving event.
The Tar Heels handled the competition with a final first-place score of 1,334 points. Duke took second place with a score of 572.5 points and Harvard took third place with 280 points.
North Carolina notched finishes in first through sixth place during the 1650-yard freestyle. Junior Brett Nagle (15:09.67), sophomore J.T. Stilley (15:24.53), sophomore Dan O'Connor (15:28.15), freshman John Paul Gaylor (15:31.31), senior Sean Lane (15:34.54), and senior Wil Singley (15:34.56) finished in first through sixth, respectively.
Carolina continued its dominance in the 200-yard backstroke, capturing four spots in the top eight, including the top three. Freshman Patrick Myers (1:45.93), senior Jim Flannery (1:48.03) and freshman Clifton Gordon (1:48.74) took first through third place, respectively. Freshman Tyler Hill rounded out the top eight with a time of 1:51.86.
UNC struck gold once again with strong performances by three seniors in the 100-yard freestyle, including a first-place finish by Steve Cebertowicz, with a time of 43.61. Evan Reed (44.05) took second place and Brad Hamilton (45.42) took eighth place.
A lone Tar Heel placed into the final eight spots in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Alex Gianino swam to a sixth-place finish with a time of 2:02.42. Old Dominion senior Arni Arnason took first place with a time of 1:57.86.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Koury Natatorium, the Carolina's diving contingent put on a fantastic showing in the 3-meter dive. Senior David MacDonald took first place with a score of 426.50 points. MacDonald was joined by juniors Ryland Jones (335.10) and Jake Kinzbach (334.45), who placed seventh and eighth in the event, respectively.
It was Carolina versus Navy in the 200-yard butterfly, as Carolina had five top-eight swimmers and Navy had three. Junior Tom Luchsinger glided into first place for the Tar Heels with a time of 1:45.38. Other notable UNC swimmers in the event were freshman Dominick Glavich (1:46.47) who took second place, senior Victor Leclere (1:49.41) who took fifth place, junior Brett Nagle (1:51.29) who took seventh place, and Hill (1:51.78) who took eighth place.
Cebertowicz, Reed, Glavich and Hamilton led the charge for the Carolina who finished in first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:57.52. The Tar Heels had two more groups place in the top eight. Senior Brock Park, sophomore Kyle Ficker, Stilley and Singley locked up fourth place with a time of 3:02.60. Freshman Brian McClintock, Gianino, Nagle and Luchsinger tied for seventh place with the men from Old Dominion with a time of 3:04.02.
"The meet was a very positive experience," DeSelm said. "We need a high level of competition at this time of year, and we're looking to compete in the best way we can."