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Feb. 11, 2012

PITTSBURGH--Sophomore Aaron Snyder earned his first-ever All-Big East honor, leading the University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving team in the second day of competition at the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool.

Snyder was seeded sixth in the 1M diving event, heading into tonight's finals. However, after four rounds of competition in the finals, he was comfortably seated among the top three on the leader board. Snyder scored 286.80 points and placed second overall in the event.

"I was really excited to finish second tonight." Snyder said. "There was a lot of great competition. With the help of my team, coach Julian Krug and coach John Dusch, I was able to calm my nerves and perform well."

Snyder joins a long list of divers who have earned All-Big East honors. In fact, at least one diver has garnered an all-conference accolade in each of the past 10 seasons under head diving coach Julian Krug's guidance.

Last season, Snyder placed eighth in the finals of the 1M event.

Competing alongside Snyder, junior Erik Moore finished sixth on the 1M board. He scored 266.80 points, improving upon his 11th-place performance from last year.

In the women's 3M diving event, sophomores Leigh Waltz placed 10th overall, while sophomore Kimberly Ciotti rounded out the top 16.

The Big East Championship resumes Sunday, Feb. 12 with platform diving at noon.

Sophomore Aaron Snyder Garners All-Big East Honors

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