Two Panthers turned in Olympic Trial cuts during summer competitions
Six captains and six more student-athletes were named to this year's newly created leadership council.
Six Pitt women made the list, tied for the second most from any school.
Twelve Panthers were recognized with post-season awards
Zach Lierley qualifies for two finals and earns a Junior Nationals time in one.
CAREER: School record holder in the 400 IM (3:47.69), set at the ACC Championships … 2015 All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team … 2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll … 2014 CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America.
2014-15: In the season opener against Duke, won the 200 back and was runner-up in both the 200 IM and 1000 free ... At Georgia Tech/Georgia Southern, placed second in both the 200 back and 200 IM ... Won the 400 IM versus St. Bonaventure ... Against Bucknell, won the 200 back and was runner-up in the 1000 free ... Nabbed third in the 400 IM at Notre Dame/Virginia Tech ... Swept both the 200 IM and 400 IM at the Pitt Invite, and also was third in the 200 back ... At the AT&T Winter Nationals, swam in one A Final, placing seventh overall in the 400 IM (3:49.65), and one C Final, taking 20th overall in the 200 back (1:45.99) ... Also was 27th in the 200 IM ... Won the 200 back and took third in the 1,000 free against West Virginia ... Had a trio of top-three finishes at Denison, winning the 200 back and taking third in both the 200 IM and 100 back ... At the Senior Recognition Meet, placed second in the 400 IM and fourth in the 100 back ... Won the 200 IM and placed second in the 100 back and 200 breast at Villanova ... At the ACC Championships, swam in two C Finals, placing 18th in both the 400 IM and 200 back, lowering his own school record in the 400 IM in the process to 3:47.69 ... Also swam lifetime bests in the 100 fly and 200 IM.
2013-2014: Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Finished first in the 200 backstroke against St. Bonaventure...Finished first in the 200 backstroke against Bucknell...Against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, he finished third in the 200 yard butterfly...At the Pitt Panthers Invitational, he earned three first place finishes in the 200 yard IM, the 400 yard IM, and in the 200 yard backstroke...Earned a spot in the bonus final in the 200 IM at the AT&T winter Nationals...Broke the school record and finished seventh at the AT&T winter Nationals in the 400 IM...Competed at the ACC Championships where he went a lifetime best in the 200 IM...Broke his own school record in the 400 IM and finished tenth overall at the ACC Championships...He also swam in the C final and earned a lifetime best in the 200 Backstroke at the ACC Championship.
High School: 2012 Olympic Trial qualifier ... Placed 31st in the 200 back, 33rd in the 400 IM and 56th in the 200 IM Multiple State Champion and State record holder...helped swim team achieve State Championships (two years straight) and won the state title in the 200 IM and as part of the medley relay team (2013)...named All-Low country Swimmer two years straight...earned "Palmetto Scholar" title (state honor for top five percent of graduating class)...named Scholastic All-America by USA Swimming...named State H.S. Male Swimmer of the Year in January 2012 by the State's High School Sports Report...competed in US Open...named to the USA-S 2011-2012 National Junior Team....won State Champion in in the 100 Breast and 200 IM both sophomore and junior years...swam 6 years varsity...member of State AAAA Championship Team in seventh grade.
Personal: Son of Mike and Elizabeth Lierley...has one brother, Jon, a junior on the Pitt swim team...a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club...intends to major in business or pharmacy.
|Lierley's Personal Best Performances
|50 Back||25.39||10/18/2013||Blue-Gold Intrasquad Meet|
|100 Back||51.98||2/07/2015||at Villanova|
|200 Back||1:45.60||2/25-28/2015||ACC Championships|
|100 Breast||58.39||10/24/2014||vs. St. Bonaventure|
|200 Breast||2:03.93||11/21/2014||Pitt Invitational|
|100 Fly||52.50||2/25-28/2015||ACC Championships|
|200 IM||1:48.96||2/25-28/2015||ACC Championships|
|400 IM||3:47.69||2/25-28/2015||ACC Championships|
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