Two Panthers turned in Olympic Trial cuts during summer competitions
Honorees included the men’s and women’s teams along with individuals from both
Six captains and six more student-athletes were named to this year's newly created leadership council.
Zach Lierley qualifies for two finals and earns a Junior Nationals time in one.
Kinga Cichowska had a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying time for the second straight day.
CAREER: Individually holds school records in the 50 back (25.40), 100 back (53.35) and 200 back (1:57.58), setting both the 100 and 200 back at the 2015 ACC Championships and the 50 back in the 2014 ACC Championships ... Also a member of the school record 200 medley relay (1:40.48) and 400 medley relay (3:39.68) teams ... The 200 medley relay was last set at the 2015 ECAC Championships and the 400 medley relay recorded its school mark at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals ... 2014 CSCAA First Team Scholar All-America.
2015-16: Competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay events against Duke.
2014-15: In the season opener against Duke, placed second in the 100 back, fifth in the 200 back and contributed to the second place 200 medley relay team ... At Georgia Tech/Georgia Southern, took first in the 100 back and helped the 200 medley relay team win ... Against Saint Bonaventure, won the 100 back and helped the winning 400 medley relay team ... Against Bucknell, was second in the 200 back and helped Pitt to a win in the 200 medley relay ... At the Pitt Invite, swam in two championship finals, winning the 100 back, placing fifth overall in the 100 free and swam in the bonus final of the 50 free, winning that heat for 17th overall ... Also competed on three winning relay teams - the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay ... Raced in the B Finals of the 100 back at the AT&T Winter Nationals, placing 16th overall in a time of 54.31 ... Finished first in the 100 back, third in the 200 back and helped Pitt take first in the 200 medley relay against West Virginia ... At Denison, was the runner-up in both the 100 back and 200 back and helped Pitt win the 400 medley relay ... At the Senior Recognition Meet, placed fifth in the 50 free ... In the season finale at Villanova, won the 100 back and was fourth in the 200 back, while helping Pitt win the 200 medley relay ... At the ACC Championships, qualified for the B Finals in both the 100 back and 200 back, placing 12th overall in the 100 (53.35-Prelims) and 14th overall in the 200 (1:57.58) and setting a school record in both ... At the ECAC Championships, swam to second in the 100 back, helped the 400 medley relay to first and an ECAC meet record and the 200 medley relay team to a school record (1:40.48) in an exhibition swim.
2013-14: Finished first in the 100 back against St. Bonaventure... Finished second in the 200 backstroke against St. Bonaventure...Finished second in the 100 backstroke against Bucknell... Finished third in the 200 backstroke against Bucknell...At the Pitt Panthers Invitational, she took first place finishes in the 400 yard medley relay and in the 100 yard backstroke...Also finished third in the 200 yard backstroke...Competed at the AT&T Winter Nationals where she led off the 400 medley relay to a school record (3:39.68)...Against WVU, she finished second in the 200 medley relay and the 100 backstroke...Finished first in the 100 back against JMU and Denison...At the ACC Championship, she led off the 200 medley relay, breaking a school record in the 50 back (25.40) and the relay (1:40.64)...Broke a school record in the 100 back (53.69) at ACC's...Swam in the bonus final of the 200 back at ACC's.
2012-13: Swam in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing fifth...Also swam in the 100 back and 100 free against St. Bonaventure...Versus Virginia she swam the 100 back and 200 medley relay...Against West Virginia, she was part of both fifth place 200 medley relay team and 400 free relay team...Was a part of the third place 200 medley relay team at the Western PA Invitational where she also placed second in the 100 yard back.
High School: Holds high school records in the 100 back, 50 free, 200 free relay and 200 medley relay...was the first freshman to qualify for and compete at the NY State Championships...as a senior, finished first in the 100 back and second in the 100 free at the Divisional meet, finished seventh in the 100 back and fifth in the 50 free at the Section meet, and finished 10th in the 100 back at the state championships...contributed to a team record of 11-1 as a senior...named All-League four consecutive years (2008-11) and All-Section in 2008 and '11...was a scholar athlete all four years...swam on the Patriot Swim Team for five years under coach Larry Collins, and was the only member of the team to reach NCSA Junior Nationals...is a Patriots Swim Team record holder in the 100 back and 200 back...named All-Tournament, All-League and All-Section honors in 2009 and '10 on Our Lady of Lourdes High School's basketball team, and played on the school's soccer team from 2005-08...nominated Student Body President in senior year and was a national honor society member...winner of numerous leadership and academic awards including the Lourdes Faculty Award, the Sage Scholarship Award and the Principal Award for Leadership Skills.
Personal: Born Blair Marie Wegescheide on February 19, 1994...daughter of Richard and Clare Wegescheide...has an older brother, Paul...also enjoys soccer and basketball.
|Wegescheide's Personal Best Performances
|200 Free||1:54.48||11/22-24/2013||Pitt Invitational|
||1:01.03||1/30/2015||Senior Recognition Meet|
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