Feb. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Records fall for the University of Pittsburgh men's swim team, as the Panthers hold to third place on the third day of the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Friday.
Pitt's 400 medley relay team set a school record, earned All-Big East honors and posted a NCAA provisional finish with a third-place performance of 3:13.41. The squad consisted of junior Adam Maczewski, senior Pierre-Antoine Meunier, freshman Kourosh Ahani and junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed. They bested the 2010 record of 3:15.30.
“It has been exciting to coach this team,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We had some great swims from a lot of the guys tonight. It has been rewarding to watch the group come together and not fold under the pressure. It’s nice to have both teams step up and swim well.”
Individually, Maczewski earned All-Big East honors when he improved upon his school record in the 100 back with a second-place NCAA cut of 47.36. Maczewski previously swam a 47.50 at the 2011 Big East Championship.
Earning his third All-Big East honor, Ahani placed third in the 100 fly with a NCAA provisional time of 47.44. Joining Ahani in the finals, freshmen Jon Lierley and Austin Caldwell rounded out the top eight in the event.
Medhat-Mohamed turned in a fifth-place performance in the 200 free. His time of 1:37.30, nearly set a school record (1:37.18) and fell below the NCAA B standard. He also improved upon his 12th-place finish in 2011. Earlier, junior Otto Pagel and sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk placed 12th and 15th in the 200 free.
Senior Rousseau Kluever finished sixth overall in the 400 IM with a NCAA provisional 3:54.36. He claimed ninth in the same event last year. Senior Morne Boshoff won the consolation final and captured ninth place. Additionally, sophomore Robert Power and junior Jared Kolwyck touched for 12th and 14th, respectively.
In the 100 breast, senior Benjamin Solari skimmed a few hundredths of a second off his prelim time to round out the top eight (55.18) with a NCAA B cut. In the consolation heat, Meunier won the race, placing ninth with a season-best 54.93, while freshman Luke Nosbisch placed 13th overall (56.67).
Additionally, freshman Joey Notarianni placed 15th in the finals of the 100 back (51.02).
The Big East Championship concludes on Saturday. The prelims are slated for 10 a.m. at Trees Pool and include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 1650 free.
Current Big East Standings
1. Notre Dame 626
2. Louisville 574.5
3. Pitt 381
4. West Virginia 363.5
5. Connecticut 164
6. Cincinnati 114
7. Georgetown 113
8. Seton Hall 109
9. Villanova 99
10. Providence 63
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