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Feb. 16, 2012


PITTSBURGH—Senior Morne Boshoff garnered All-Big East honors in the 500 free, aiding the University of Pittsburgh men’s swim team to its current third-place ranking in the team standings following the second day of swimming events of the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Thursday.

Boshoff touched the wall with a NCAA provisional 4:24.36 for third in the event. He improved upon his 15th–place performance from last year.

Junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed improved to 10th in the consolation heat of the 500 free. He entered the event 14th, but posted a season-best time of 4:26.16 to secure a higher finish.

Similarly, freshman Jon Lierley placed 11th in the 200 IM (1:49.66) after placing 16th in the prelims. Lierley was followed by seniors Benjamin Solari (1:49.77) and Rousseau Kluever (1:49.80), who placed 12th and 13th, respectively. All three recorded individual season lows in the event.

Freshman Austin Caldwell finished 11th in the 50 free (20.64), while senior Jake Van Roekel was 13th overall (20.66). Both improved upon their prelim finishes of 14th and 15th, respectively.

The 200 free relay team of Caldwell, Van Roekel, freshman Kourosh Ahani and sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk combined for a NCAA B cut of 1:20.74 for fourth overall. Ahani posted the fastest split at 19.90 for the Panthers.

Action resumes on Friday at 10 a.m. with the prelims of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. A free live stream of the Big East Championships can be found at

Team Scores Through Thursday
1 Notre Dame 406
2 Louisville 330.5
3 Pittsburgh 216
4 West Virginia 186.5
5 Connecticut 88
6 Georgetown 86
7 Cincinnati 71
8 Seton Hall 70
9 Villanova 62
10 Providence 49

Morne Boshoff Earns All-Big East Honors

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