Feb. 1, 2014
Pittsburgh – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming team had little trouble defeating Villanova on Friday’s dual meet at Trees Pool. The Panthers had several lifetime best and recorded a number of top times.
The women were determined to prove themselves after a crushing loss to last year’s Wildcats in the final 400-yard freestyle relay, ultimately losing 180-171. This year, the women did not let it come down to the final race and instead won the decision against Villanova, 202-90. The men also added a win to their overall record with a lopsided decision, 219-76.
“Our egos were bruised quite a bit when we got beat by Villanova last season,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. “We were focused on not letting last year happen twice, but we also didn’t want to break our training. In the end, the women were able to figure it out and we even had all-season best performances tonight. It was great to watch and very inspiring.
“We also got to see girls swim events they will likely swim at the ACC Championships. The women stepped it up and put themselves in a favorable position heading into Virginia next weekend and in the ACC Championships in three weeks.”
The lifetime best from Friday’s meet include Maggie Feltman leading off in the 100 free, Spencer Gray in both the 1,000 and 200 fly, Lindsey Rodenkirk in the 50 back relay and Seth Wenner in the 100 fly.
The performer of the meet today selected by the women was Dani des Tombe who won both the 50-yard (23.75) and 200 yard freestyle (1:51.69).
On the men’s side, top performer and senior Alex Rodenkirk swept the freestyle events with three separate first place finishes in the 50, 100 and 200-yard free.
The Panthers are back in action tomorrow at Trees Pool when they host California (Pa.), Carnegie Mellon, Clarion, Duquesne and Grove City for the Western Pennsylvania Invitational. The meet is scheduled to start promptly at 11 a.m. with the senior honors after the meet.