Nike Cup Swimming Invitational Comes to Chapel Hill

The UNC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are all set to host the annual Janis Hape Dowd Nike Cup Invitational this Thursday through Saturday at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.

A three-day, championship format competition, the Cup will feature seven other schools in both the swimming and diving part of the contest along with the Tar Heels.  Tennessee, Air Force, Duke, NC State, East Carolina, Old Dominion and the Navy men’s team.  The University of Michigan will have their men and women compete in just the diving events, while the James Madison and Georgia Southern women will follow suit.


The Tar Heel women react to a recent victory

The Tar Heel women react to a recent victory

Local triangle rivals, UNC and N.C. State, could end up making the biggest waves in the pool this weekend.  The most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) rankings have the Wolfpack men ranked sixth with the Tar Heels coming in close behind at ninth. On the women’s side, UNC sits at fourteenth while the State girls swam to the twentieth spot this week.

However, neither of the triangle schools may come out on top if the University of Tennessee has anything to say about it. The Volunteer men come to Chapel Hill with the fourteenth rank, while their female counterparts enter the water ranked eighth.

Swimmers will dive in each day at 9:30 a.m., with finals being held nightly at 5:30 p.m.  In addition, four finals will be held per night.

Carolina’s Luchsinger Embarks on World Adventure

CHAPEL HILL — Carolina swimmer Tom Luchsinger departs Tuesday with U.S. Swimming National Team to prepare for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Luchsinger’s national championship triumph last month changed his travel plans a bit. But Luchsinger isn’t complaining.

Originally scheduled to compete in the World University Games in Russia, the Tar Heel will now be facing down the very best in the world along with his U.S. national teammates.

Luchsinger became only the fourth Tar Heel to win an individual national championship at the U.S. Swimming National Championships, joining Thompson Mann, Yann deFabrique, and Chip Peterson in that distinct category.

The swimming competition at Worlds will begin July 28.

UNC swimmer Peacock Adds Silver to Gold at Worlds

KAZAN, RUSSIA — Tar Heel Swimmer Stephanie Peacock is making noise in the pool. Peacock snagged her second medal of the 2013 World University Games on Monday. This time, she paired a little bit of silver with her gold.

Placing second in the 800-meter freestyle event after winning a gold medal in the 1500-meter freestyle on Saturday was an impressive feat for Peacock.

In fact, Peacock just missed seeing more gold on Monday as she touched the wall just .12 behind Martina de Memme of Italy. And Peacock wasn’t the only American on the podium. Ashley Steenvoorden of the USA picked up the bronze medal on Monday and was runner-up to Peacock on Saturday.

“We’re extremely proud of what Stephanie has accomplished at the World University Games,” said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm.  “The amount of racing she has done in the past four days at the meet has been a formidable task and she has excelled at an elite level, winning a gold and a silver for the USA and representing Carolina in a first-class manner.  She has one more race ahead and I know her focus in the next 24 hours will be outstanding as she seeks a third medal.”

Peacock is the first Tar Heel to win multiple medals at an international swimming competition since Whitney Sprague in 2009.

Peacock’s last race will be in the 400-meter freestyle set to go on Tuesday.