Feb. 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Senior Morne Boshoff garnered the No. 2 seed in tonight’s 500 free finals, as the University of Pittsburgh men’s swim team competed in the second day of swimming events during the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Thursday.
Boshoff won his heat of the 500 free and is the second seed in the A final this evening. He posted a season-best 4:26.32 in the event.
Swimming in the consolation final of the 500 free is junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed. He shaved nearly 10 seconds off his previous season low of 4:39.67 and placed 14th in the prelims.
Freshman Luke Nosbisch just missed the finals with a 17th-place performance of 4:31.61. Sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk was among the top 20 in the event, while junior Jared Kolwyck and freshman Joey Notarianni placed among the top 25.
In the 200 IM, seniors Benjamin Solari and Rousseau Kluever advanced to the B final after claiming 13th and 14th, respectively. Solari touched the wall at 1:50.03, while Kluever finished at 1:50.07. Additionally, freshman Jon Lierley rounded out the top 16 with a time of 1:50.72.
Sophomore Robert Power and seniors Pierre-Antoine Meunier and Christoph Berger swam in the prelims of the 200 IM.
Earning a berth in the 50 free consolation final were freshman Austin Caldwell
and senior Jake Van Roekel
. Both turned in season-bests, as Caldwell placed 14th overall (20.63) in the prelims, and Van Roekel claimed 15th (20.65).
Several other Panthers competed in the 50 free during prelims, including freshman Kourosh Ahani and juniors Adam Maczewski and Otto Pagel.
Tonight's finals begin at 6 p.m. and include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay.