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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl | Dec. 26, 2013 | Ford Field | Detroit, MI | Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27

Five facts about the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

  1. James Conner, Tyler Boyd and Aaron Donald starred in Pitt's last bowl win.
  2. Conner broke a Pitt bowl record with 229 yards rushing in the game.
  3. Boyd had Pitt's first punt return TD since 2006 and had 173 receiving yards.
  4. Donald finished his Pitt career with a game-clinching sack in the final minute.
  5. Chris Blewitt's 39-yard field goal with 1:17 left made the difference for the Panthers.

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Tueday, December 6
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Bryant at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: KDKA-FM HD3 | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Wednesday, December 7
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Buffalo at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7 FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Friday, December 9
Pitt Gymnastics Blue-Gold vs. Kent State at 6:30 PM
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Saturday, December 10
Pitt Women's Basketball at Penn State at 2:00 PM
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Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Penn State | Never Forget Tribute Classic | Prudential Center at 2:30 PM
Television: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 93.7 FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Sunday, December 11
Pitt Wrestling vs. West Virginia at 2:00 PM
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Weekend Tournaments
Pitt Track & Field | KSU Golden Flashes Gala | Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 All Day
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Friday, December 2
2016 NCAA Division I Tournament, First/Second Rounds: Pitt Volleyball vs. Dayton at State College at 5:00 PM
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Tournament Central

Pitt Men's Basketball at Duquesne at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
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Sunday, December 4
Pitt Wrestling at Oklahoma State at 1:00 PM
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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Charlotte at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320 AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Weekend Tournaments
Pitt Swimming & Diving at AT&T Winter Nationals in Atlanta, GA.| Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 All Day
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Pitt Track & Field | Blue-Gold Meet | Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 All Day
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Sunday, December 4 is College Football Selection Day
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transformation Kinga Cichowska

How have you grown as a swimmer during your time at Pitt?
Cichowska: When I got to Pitt, that was the first year of ACC swimming here. We were thrown in to the deep waters right from the start. I can see how the team and myself have grown up through the years. During the first year, we were very shy from not knowing the conference. I was not familiar with college-level swimming, either. After my sophomore and junior year, the ACC and college swimming feel like home to me now.

What are your main goals heading into your final season?
Cichowska: I want to make it my best season yet. Speaking about times, I want to swim faster and hopefully place better at the meets. I also want to just have a lot of fun and finish my athletic career in the best possible shape I will ever be in my life.

Everyone sets their own ideas about the team goals. But we definitely want to place higher than we ever have at ACCs. The highest we've placed has been eighth.

Do you have a favorite part about being a Pitt-student athlete?
Cichowska: I love when we sing the Alma Mater at the end of every swim meet. It's always the highlight! It's when the entire team comes together. During the meet there are a lot of ups and downs and there's so much going on. You're focused on your starts, warming up and cooling down. You try to be there for your teammates, but you're not always able to see all of their races. So this moment when we all get together at the end and celebrate the good meet we had, it's definitely a highlight.

What does the experience of being a Pitt student-athlete mean to you?
Cichowska: Coming to Pitt was undoubtedly the best decision of my life. Coming from Poland, it was a big decision. I get to continue my swimming career at the highest level and get a great education. I also get to be supported by a team. The team aspect is so huge here, but that's not always present outside of the U.S. I hadn't experienced the team aspect until coming here, and it's added so much to the sport and brought swimming to a completely new level for me.

Transformation Zach Lierley

How have you grown as an athlete during your time at Pitt?
Lierley: I think the biggest thing is just the transition from club to college swimming and becoming team-focused. Club swimming is more individual; you're more worried about getting in and getting your races done whereas college swimming is big in relays, dual meets and even championship season. It's about being the best in not only your races, but as a team. The energy that comes from the team helps all teammates and fuels performance. Coming into a family environment has been beneficial, especially through the transition. I've developed since I've been a freshman and the team culture has grown a lot even in just this year alone, which is great to see.

Do you have a big accomplishment/favorite moment as a Panther?
Lierley: From a combination of an athletic and academic standpoint, I was selected for the ACC All-Academic team my sophomore year. That was pretty big for me. One of the reasons I came to Pitt was because of the combination to develop in the classroom as well as the pool. Also, this summer I finished 15th at the Olympic Trials. After our college season ended, it was great to refocus and have a good swim this summer.

How have you grown as a leader of the team?
Lierley: As you get older, a lot of people on the team start to look at you and rely on the things you do to help guide them. One big thing that all of our seniors have tried to uphold this year is bringing positive energy, especially at meets. In the past, whether we've had ups or downs, we've allowed our energy levels to dictate how the meet goes. So as a senior class, we've tried to bring positive energy and take things one step at a time by focusing on the details.

Legends Dion Lewis

Legends of the Game - Pitt vs. Syracuse: Dion Lewis, Nov. 7, 2009

Five facts about Dion Lewis vs. Syracuse:

  1. Lewis tallied 152 yards from scrimmage and one TD in Pitt's 37-10 win over Syracuse in 2009.
  2. The star freshman RB guided the Panthers to their eighth win of the season that Saturday at Heinz Field.
  3. With 110 rushing yards and 42 receiving yards, Lewis keyed Pitt's most lopsided win versus the Orange since 1980.
  4. It was Lewis' sixth 100-yard rushing game during his breakout true freshman campaign.
  5. Lewis would go on to be named Big East Freshman of the Year during Pitt's most recent 10-win season.

Audrey Ann Blakely

How have you grown as a person during your time at Pitt?
Blakely: Our coach always says that coming to college you change from being a girl to being a woman and that you have to make that change quickly. So I think coming into my senior year, I feel comfortable in my routines and feel prepared to be a "real person" once I graduate which is a great feeling entering my last year at Pitt. I feel like I know what I'm doing and can definitely thank our Athletic Department and Life Skills, as well as the community at Pitt, for preparing me.

Biggest accomplishment? Favorite moment?
Blakely: Since our coach came in, that was my first year as well, I got to see a rapid change in the program. The biggest moments we had are our first ACC win, and our first win over a ranked opponent. I was fortunate enough to be the first ranked player for Pitt nationally - that was an amazing moment, and then I beat that record, too. Athletically, those have been really incredible.

Audrey Ann Blakely Action

How have you managed to be a successful DI athlete and student?
Blakely: The biggest thing from that is accepting that you can't be perfect. Just showing up every day in all aspects of school and tennis and planning has helped. Remembering that you're not totally in control and leaning to the community around us - like the academic support staff and coaches - and knowing people are there to support you and help you has helped me succeed the most.

Do you have a favorite part about being a Pitt student-athlete?
Blakely: The sports community in Pittsburgh and within Pitt. Feeling connected with a lot of the other sports and knowing that there are a lot of other student-athletes here that care about school. The stereotype that student-athletes are just at school to play their sport is not true for most of us. Pittsburgh is a really supportive city for athletes in general, and Pitt is a great school that gives us the opportunity to pursue our passions.

 

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