Jan. 19, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Denison and James Madison University in Trees Pool on Saturday afternoon. The women dominated the Big Red 237-63, while the men topped Denison 226-74. The women also outscored JMU 167-133.
"Overall it was a good meet for us," Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. "Across the board, I think we need to focus more on our technique work and our speed wasn't quite where I wanted it to be, but it was good enough to win the races we needed to win. Overall, I was very pleased with both the men's and women's team. Again, the divers did a tremendous job and it was really fun to watch them dominate the boards."
The women's team took 11 of the 16 events in the afternoon, led by Veronica Lee and Dani des Tombe in the pool and Samantha Winkelmann in diving.
Lee impressed in the butterfly events, winning both the 100 and 200 fly, while des Tombe won the 100 and 200 freestyle, placed second in the 200-yard medley relay and swam the first leg of the 400 free relay.
Winkelmann won the 3M competition by posting a score of 258.50, which stands as the fourth best score for the Panthers this season.
For the men, Harry Bergman took first in the 1M dive and Tony Galante won the 3M event. Bergman earned a score of 300.00 in the 1M, while Galante finished with a 326.30 in the 3M.
In the pool, David Sweeney once again dominated his competition by winning the 50, 200 and 500 freestyle events. Sweeney was also on the winning 400 free relay team, swimming the first leg of the race.
Following the competition, the Panthers hosted its annual `Starts and Turns' Clinic. Pitt's coaching staff and its student-athletes taught participants the proper techniques for starting off of the blocks as well how to effectively turn at the wall while performing various swimming strokes.
The Panthers are off next weekend and will then return to Trees Pool by hosting cross state rival Villanova on January 31.