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.
Swimmers look to qualify for Olympic Trials at the long course meet.
Sean Heiden became the second swimmer in school history to swim the 50 free in less than 20 seconds.
CAREER: School record holder in the 200 IM (1:47.41) that was set at the 2014 ACC Championships ... Also helped the 200 medley relay team (1:27.21) set a school record in the 2014 ACC Championships.
2015-16: Won the 200 IM and placed second in both 100 and 200 back with times of 51.30 and 1:53.30, respectively, also swam on the 200 medley relay team against Duke.
2014-15: Team captain ... In the season opener against Duke, had three top-four individual finishes, going second in the 100 back, third in the 100 fly and fourth in the 200 IM, along with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay ... At Georgia Tech/Georgia Southern, won the 200 IM, along with placing third in the 100 back, sixth in the 100 fly and helped Pitt to second in the 200 medley relay ... Against St. Bonaventure, won the 100 back and was fourth in the 400 IM ... Repeated as 100 back champ the following day against Bucknell and also posted the fastest 200 IM time, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 100 fly and a team win in the 200 medley relay ... Placed sixth in the 400 IM at Notre Dame/Virginia Tech ... At the Pitt Invite, took second in the 200 fly, fourth in the 400 IM and 10th in the 100 breast, while helping Pitt to first in the 200 medley relay and second in the 400 medley relay ... Swam in one B Final, placing 15th overall in the 200 fly (1:48.14), while also competing in the 200 IM and 400 IM ... Also helped Pitt medley relay teams to two top-nine finishes ... Against West Virginia, placed second in both the 200 IM and 100 back, and was third in the 100 fly ... At Denison, won both the 200 fly and 200 IM and helped the 400 medley relay team to second ... Won the 200 fly, placed third in the 400 IM and contributed to Pitt's winning 200 medley relay team at the Senior Recognition Meet ... Swept the 100 fly and 200 fly and helped Pitt win the 200 medley relay ... Competed at the ACC Championships.
2013-14: Finished first in the 100 backstroke against Bucknell... Finished third in the 100 butterfly against Bucknell...Against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, he placed third in the 100 yard backstroke... At the Pitt Panthers Invitational, he took first place in the 400 yard medley relay...Competed in the bonus final of the 200 IM at the AT&T Winter Nationals...Finished eleventh in 200 medley relay at the AT&T winter nationals...Finished fourth in the 100 backstroke and first in the 200 IM against Virginia...Broke the 200 medley relay record at the ACC Championships...Broke his own record and earned a personal best in the 200 IM at the ACC Championship...Advanced to the bonus final in the 400 IM and broke the school record as well as advanced to the consol final of the 200 butterfly.
2012-13: Broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.92... Placed first in the 200 IM (1:53.52) against Virginia...At away meet against Cincinnati Rice placed first in the 400 IM (4:07.40), second in the 200 fly (1:52.10) and third in the 500 free...Against Notre Dame he placed first in the 200 IM, second in the 200 back and fourth in the 200 fly...At the Pitt Invitational he broke the school record for the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.92 -- winning the event...also placed second in the 400 IM, and 200 back, all career-bests...At the AT&T Winter Nationals held at the University of Texas Rice swam a 1:51.35 in the 200 IM...Finished first in the men's 200 yard IM as well as second in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke and 200 yard medley relay against WVU
High School: Graduated from Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio he earned four varsity letters in swimming...voted Varsity MVP each season...owns school records in the 100 free (48.36), 200 Free (1:46.43), 100 Back (50.17), 100 Fly (50.49), 100 breast (1:00.07), 200 IM (1:49.23) and as a member of the 200 Medley relay (1:38.16)...four-time high school state finalist... holds the state record in the 200 IM (1:49.23) which he set as a junior... earned All-American status six times in three different events...also garnered Scholastic Al-American, First Team All-State, First Team All-District, First Team All-CHL and Enquirer First Team honors throughout high school career...won eight CHL championships from 2010-2012...holds CHL record in 100 fly (51.12) and 200 IM (1:54.78)...lauded as CHL swimmer of the year three consecutive times from 2010-2012...captained swim team in 2012...inducted into the Indian Hill High School Hall of Fame for Swimming in 2011...received Channel 5 Athlete of the Week award as a senior...was a finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman State award...received the William Roessler Minturn Award for Outstanding Character and Leadership...selected by the Cincinnati Enquirer as the Winter Sports Athlete of the Year in 2012...earned Southwest District Swimmer of the Year honors in 2012...awarded the Suburban Press Athlete of the Year award in 2011...competed on the cross country team and was twice voted team MVP.
Personal: Born Mackenzie Rice on March 18, 1994...son of Michael and Holly Rice...has two younger siblings named Drew and Jillian...prefers to be called "Mack" rather than by his full name because "Mack" is shorter...member of the National Honor Society...achieved a 3.97 GPA in high school...puts swimming talents to use as a lifeguard and private swim lesson instructor...has compiled over 100 hours of community service work...majoring in engineering.
|Rice's Personal Best Performances
||24.58||2/1/2014||vs. Cal/CMU/Grove City/Clarion|
|100 Breast||58.02||11/21/2014||Pitt Invitational|
|200 Breast||2:12.85||10/20/2012||vs. St. Bonavenutre|
|100 Fly||48.85||3/12/2015||AMS Gold Championship|
||1:46.21||3/12/2015||AMS Gold Championship|
|200 IM||1:47.41||2/26/2014||ACC Championships|
|400 IM||3:51.55||2/27/2013||BIG EAST Championships|
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