Feb. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Junior Joanna Budzis eclipsed a school record in the 400 IM and is one of 11 members of the University of Pittsburgh women’s swim team that advanced to the finals on the third day of the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Friday.
Budzis enters the finals of the 400 IM as the No. 1 seed. She touched the wall at 4:17.28, shattering the previous school record of 4:18.70, held by Agnes Mago (2008).
Three others will swim in the consolation final ahead of Budzis. Sophomore Julie Harrison finished 11th overall in the prelims of the 400 IM, while sophomore Lauren Matevish and freshman Tatyanna Sarjeant rounded out the top 16.
In another record-breaking performance, freshman Cam Dixon captured a sixth-place finish in the prelims of the 100 breast at 1:02.53. Her time broke both the previous school record (Laura Barnes – 1:02.64) and the rookie standard (Cookie McIntyre – 1:03.07).
In the 100 back, sophomore Renee Deschenes placed fourth (55.16). Swimming in the consolation final will be freshman Brooke Waugaman, who placed ninth in the event.
Junior Kelsey Herbst advanced to the finals of the 200 free with a season-best 1:48.84. She is seeded fifth overall tonight. Freshman Dani des Tombe and sophomore Kate Dunseith will swim in the consolation final of the 200 free. des Tombe placed 14th in the prelims and Dunseith rounded out the top 16.
Senior Tamara Lelli
won her heat of the 100 fly and will swim in the consolation final of the event. She posted a season-best of 55.65 in the race, just shy of the school record (55.00).
Sophomores Veronica Lee and Renee Deschenes placed among the top 20 in the 100 fly. Additionally, junior Emily Bolek finished 24th overall, while freshman Lauren Mills and sophomore Nina Lisella posted season lows in the event.
Others competing this morning included freshmen Jessica Nederlanden (100 back), Kelsey Williams (100 back) and Sarah Zetlmeisl (100 breast) and junior Yolandi Van Der Merwe (100 breast).
Action resumes at 6 p.m. with the finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.