Feb. 1, 2014
Pittsburgh – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving team won 28 out of 32 events on Saturday’s Western PA Invitational at Trees Pool.
“It was really fun to watch the seniors swim in their last home event today and dive in their last event yesterday,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. “It’s great to see how far the seniors have come, and to be under their leadership has put this team in a better place than where we were four years ago. The seniors have positioned us well as a team as we move into the ACC Championships.”
Dani des Tombe dominated in the freestyle events with two winning performances in the women’s 50 and 500 yard free. Tatyanna Sarjeant won the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:21.79 along with a third place performance in the 200 yard fly. Kinga Cichowska then went on to finish second in the 200 yard IM and swam the second leg in the 200 yard medley relay, finishing third overall.
For the seniors, Renee Deschenes posted a first place finish in the 100 yard back (58.25) and second in the 100 yard fly (59.54). Julie Harrison also posted a top time of 2:26.54 in the 200 yard breast, finishing first overall.
For the men, senior Alex Rodenkirk swam the first leg of the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay en route to a first place finish. He led off the team of Haden Calegan, David Sweeney and Sean Heiden that won the event with a time of 1:23.31. Rodenkirk also competed in the 100 and 200 yard breast, finishing second and third, respectively.
In diving, senior Aaron Snyder dominated the boards in his final home meet of the season with a first place performance in the 1M (321.00) and second on the 3M board (333.05). Freshman Rachel Saunders represented for the women by winning on the 1M board.
The Panthers will be back in action next Saturday, February 8 at Virginia with the competition starting at 9:30 a.m.
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