PITTSBURGH – In the 50th anniversary of Trees Pool, both the Pitt men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated West Virginia University on Saturday afternoon.
The men’s team (3-2) dominated WVU (2-2) from start to finish and won all but one swimming event en route to a 217-63 victory, while the women (3-2) pulled away from the Mountaineers (3-2) down the stretch to win 182-118. David Sweeney Jr. led the way for the Pitt men with three individual victories and was a part of a relay victory, while three female swimmers, Joanna Budzis, Dani des Tombe and Veronica Lee all won two individual events.
Men: Pitt 217, WVU 63
Diver Aaron Snyder won both the 1M and 3M events for the men with a season-best score of 326.55 on the 1M, and a score of 311.25 in the 3M, which was one point clear of WVU’s Christian Parker.
After the men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay team took the first swimming event of the day, Sweeney Jr. opened the individual racing with a career-best time of 9:33.88 in the men’s 1000 Yard Freestyle.
Hussein Medhat-Mohamed then captured the 200 Yard Freestyle event in a time of 1:40.38. He was .04 seconds clear of WVU’s Hugh Simmonds who finished in second place at 1:40.42.
Adam Maczewski remained undefeated in the 100 Yard Backstroke as he cruised to a first place finish with a time of 49.07. Luke Nosbisch then won the 100 Yard Backstroke with Pitt’s fastest time of the season at 56.81.
Martin Vogel touched first in the 200 Yard Butterfly at 1:50.00 even, while Sweeney Jr. claimed his second event of the day in the 100 Yard Freestyle at 45.93. He would also win the 500 Yard Free in a time of 4:35.93. Joey Notarianni in the 200 Yard Back (1:50.02) and Rob Power in the 200 Yard Breast (2:05.06) rounded out the individual winners for the men.
Women: Pitt 182, WVU 118
After heading into a diving break ahead 76-74, the Pitt women outscored the Mountaineers 106-44 in the second part of the meet.
Budzis was victorious in both the 100 and the 200 Yard Backstroke in times of 57.25 and 2:02.47 as she led the Panthers to 1-2-3 finishes in both events (Tatyanna Sarjeant and Renee Deschenes were second and third in both events).
des Tombe won the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle events, while Lee touched first in the 200 Yard Breast and the 200 Yard IM.
Despite finishing second in the 1,000 Yard Freestyle, Kelsey Herbst turned in a season-best time of 10:06.38. She also won the 500 Yard Freestyle.
The Panthers hit the road for their next competition in two weeks against in-state rival Villanova. The two day meet begins on January 24th.