Pitt swimmers made the week-long trip to Florida on Monday.
Weekend features meets against St. Bonaventure and Bucknell
Freshman Amanda Richey wins a season-high three races.
Both squads continue competing against the ACC.
Panthers celebrate 100 years of men's swimming and diving and 40 years for the women, in addition to Marian Clark receiving the "Awardee of Distinction" honor
Marian Clark begins her 22nd season at Pitt and her 10th as the director of operations/senior assistant coach for both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Clark works with both squads after serving as head coach of the women's team at Pitt for nine seasons (1993-2002).
Her duties include facilitating all home meet operations, maintaining the budget, handling team travel and all administrative work for both squads.
Last season, Clark coached standout junior Kaleigh Ritter to an All-America Honorable Mention. Her season culminated with three school records at the NCAA Championships, where she placed 15th in the 1650-yard freestyle. Under Clark’s guidance, Ritter became the program’s first ACC Championships podium finisher with a third place finish in the 1650 free.
The Wilmington, Del. native has helped facilitate many of the championship meets hosted at Trees Pool, including the annual Special Olympics, ECAC Championship and Big East Championship meets. She proved vital as Pitt hosted the 2012 Big East Championship at Trees Pool.
Clark, who specializes in distance, was also instrumental in the development of swimmers Kelsey Herbst, and Morne Boshoff - leading the duo to All-Big East honors. Herbst finished second with a freshman record in the 1,650 free.Last season, Clark helped guide Boshoff to All-Big East accolades and a NCAA provisional finish in the 500 free at the Big East Championship, while Herbst established school record in the 500 free.
Over a nine-year period as head coach of the women's swimming and diving team, Clark led the Panthers to 56 victories and two top-three finishes at the Big East Championship. She also helped Sunday Lewandowski (1994-96) reach All-American status and capture four Big East Individual titles.
Clark, who graduated from Pitt in 1988, began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater shortly thereafter. She served as an assistant coach at both Florida State University and the University of Miami before being appointed to direct the Pitt women's program in the summer of 1993. Her appreciation for the rewards and benefits intercollegiate athletics can provide for its participants is not lost in her coaching.
Clark was a major contributor to four Big East Conference championships during her undergraduate years at Pitt. She won Big East crowns in the 500 freestyle in 1986 and in the 400 IM in 1988. Clark was a member of eight Pitt relay teams which captured the top spot in the Big East over her career. She graduated cum laude with a degree in exercise physiology.
Under the guidance of Clark, the Panthers are regularly named to the College Swim Coaches' Association All-America Academic Team. Pitt has been ranked as high as 17th in the country among other swimming and diving teams. The Panthers have also been awarded the University's Academic Award several times, which is given annually to the Pitt athletic team that possesses the highest grade-point average.
Clark resides in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, Todd, two daughters, Maiti and Mara and son, Mac.
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