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Diver Rachel Saunders

Jan. 12, 2014

Results | Women: Pitt 179, WVU 119 | Men: Pitt 161, WVU 139

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated West Virginia University on Saturday afternoon. 

The women’s team (3-2) defeated WVU (0-2) and won ten of the 16 events en route to a 179-119 victory, while the men (3-2) kept it closer to WVU (0-2) down the stretch but pulled away with a win 161-139.  

“We knew it was going to be a tough meet on both sides,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. “Our athletes were prepared mentally for a tight meet. I am particularly proud of the way we finished our races today. We were hard to beat today in the last 12.5 yards of our races.”

The women took control of the meet after the third event with a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle led by Kaleigh Ritter (10:23.56), Lauren Matevish in a close second (10:23.99) and Julie Harrison finished third (10:24.89)

Dani des Tombe went on to claim the women’s 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. David Sweeney took the next win for the men in the 200-yard free. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Cam Dixon won for the women (1:05.14) and Luke Nosbisch took first place for the men’s team (57.20).

Dixon claimed another first place finish in the 200-yard IM with a final time of 2:08.58. Tatyanna Sarjeant dominated in the pool for the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:03.60.    

Divers Aaron Snyder and Tony Galante highlighted the competition in both the men’s 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive. Galante won the 1-meter board with a score of 329.77 and Snyder took second place. The Panthers claimed another 1-2-3 finish on the 3-meter board with Snyder in first (318.45), then Galante (314.92) and Harry Bergman finished third (311.55). After sweeping the competition on the boards, the divers secured the win for the men.

For the women, freshman Rachel Saunders’ first place finish on the 1-meter board confirmed Pitt’s win over the Mountaineers, making it mathematically impossible for WVU to catch the Panthers.  

“This meet was a great test for us for this time of the year and I’m pleased with the results,” Knoles said. “It's always exciting to win. But, it is especially rewarding when the win is realized by great efforts in overcoming obstacles. We did that today!”

The women’s team selected Sarjeant as the swimmer of the meet and Saunders as the most valuable diver of the meet. The men chose Nosbisch as the most valuable swimmer of Saturday’s meet and Galante as the diver of the Backyard Brawl.

The Panthers will be at home for their next competition this Saturday, January 18, when Pitt hosts James Madison and Denison. Divers will get the meet started at 11 a.m. 

Panthers Men and Women Defeat WVU in the Pool

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