Feb. 4, 2012
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh men’s swimming and diving team honored its eight seniors at Trees Pool on Saturday, while earning victories over CMU, Clarion and Grove City. The Panthers improved to 7-4 in dual meet competition this season.
Pitt’s seniors Christoph Berger, Morne Boshoff, Andrew Gogola, Dawid Goszczycki, Rousseau Kluever, Pierre-Antoine Meunier, Benjamin Solari and Jake Van Roekel competed in their final regular-season home meet.
“What an exciting way to end the dual-meet season,” Pitt head coach Chuck Knoles said. “I am so proud of our seniors and their leadership today. They will have a lasting impression on the program.“
Pitt recorded 30 first-place finishes, including five events where they swept the top-three. First, freshman Austin Caldwell won the 50 free (21.16) and junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed and freshmen Jon Lierley completed the trifecta.
In the 200 free, Van Roekel captured first (1:40.05). Lierley and freshman Kourosh Ahani rounded out the top three, respectively.
Power turned in a first-place performance in the 100 back (52.63), while Kluever and Caldwell touched for second and third.
In the final individual event of the meet, Berger was the first Panther to the wall in the 200 IM (1:56.32). Nosbisch and Pagel were second and third.
Ahani won the 200 back (1:53.30) and Boshoff placed second in the event (1:57.59).
Similarly, Meunier claimed first in the 100 breast (56.79), while freshman Luke Nosbisch was second (57.34). In the 200 breast, Nosbisch was first (2:05.36) and Meunier finished second (2:06.71).
Van Roekel returned in the 100 fly, where he turned in a first-place performance (51.17). Solari was second in the event (52.26). Van Roekel was later named the Pitt Performer of the Meet for his efforts.
In another top-three performance, Goszczycki was second in the 200 fly (1:55.29) and freshman Joey Notarianni was second in the 500 free (4:48.56).
Notarianni was also the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that captured first at 1:35.35. Notarianni was joined by Solari, Caldwell and Pagel.
Additionally, the 200 free relay team of Rodenkirk, Caldwell, Lierley and Van Roekel combined for a first-place performance (1:23.85).
The Big East Swimming and Diving Championship will be held at Trees Pool over the next two weeks. Diving events are slated for Feb. 10-12. The prelims begin at noon on Friday, Feb. 10.
“Everyone is extremely excited about the Big East Championship,” Knoles added.
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Pitt 230 - 61 Grove City
Grove City 148 - Clarion 138
CMU 163 - Grove City 117
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