Feb. 8, 2014
CHARLOTESVILLE, Va. – Despite strong performances across the board from the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, ACC counterpart Virginia defeated the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
On the women’s side, Virginia topped Pitt by a score of 189-103, while the men were defeated 179-112. The Panthers lost to a nationally ranked Virginia team.
“I have a lot of respect for the depth shown by the UVA team,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. “At this point in our season having just started tapering in earnest, our performances were a bit off, but not entirely unexpected.
“Our season is focused on the ACC Championship and performing well there,” Knoles added. “I’m confident our plan will be successful.”
The Panthers managed to swim strong throughout the after despite the loss, which was highlighted by senior Veronica Lee winning the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM, and sophomore David Sweeney taking the men’s 100 fly and 200 free relay.
After exciting performances from Lee and Sweeney, the Panthers ended the meet on a high note with two winning performances in the relay events. The women’s 200 free relay placed first and set a new season best time of 1:35.74. The team of Dani des Tombe, Jessica Nederlanden, Melissa Pocsai and Lauren Mills made up the winning team.
For the men, Sean Heiden, Sweeney, Avery Warrington and Alex Rodenkirk swam their way to a first-place finish in a time of 1:22.84 in the 200 free relay. Luke Nosbisch impressed with two season best times in the men’s 100 (56.43) and 200 breast (2:02.52) events.
In diving, freshman Tony Galante performed very well on the 1M board, placing second overall. He finished with a total score of 336.45, which was his best score of the season by a Panther in dual-meet competition.
Pitt will now look toward the Women’s ACC Championships in less than two weeks, starting on Wednesday, February 19-22. The men’s ACC Championships will begin the following week on Wednesday, February 26 through March 1st.
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