Feb. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Freshman Jon Lierley broke the school record in the 200 fly, leading the University of Pittsburgh men's swimming and diving team to a third-place finish in the 2012 Big East Championship held at Trees Pool.
Pitt placed third with 520 points, behind Big East Champion Notre Dame (887) and Louisville (859.5). In the 22 seasons head coach Chuck Knoles has been at the helm of the men's swimming and diving program, the Panthers have captured 11 Big East Championship titles, finished second four seasons, claimed third six times and fourth just once.
"We had a great meet on both the men's and women's side," Knoles said. "We set a ton of school records and several members of the squad posted NCAA provisional times. We also had a finalist in just about every event."
Pitt set five school records during the meet, including Lierley (200 fly), Adam Maczewski (50 & 100 back) and both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Additionally, freshman Kourosh Ahani captured the rookie standard in the 100 fly.
Lierley led the Panthers in the 200 fly with a NCAA provisional and fourth-place finish of 1:46.40. That time eclipsed the previous mark of 1:46.72 set by senior Rousseau Kluever at last year's conference meet. Lierley also broke the rookie record of 1:47.65 held by Kluever (2009).
Competing in the 200 fly finals himself, Kluever recorded a NCAA B cut time at 1:46.75 for fifth in the event.
Maczewski captured All-Big East honors with a second-place finish in the 200 back. He posted a NCAA provisional time of 1:45.63, improving upon his 12th-place effort from last year. Prior to Maczewski's swim, freshman Joey Notarianni out-reached his West Virginia counterpart at the wall to win the consolation final of the 200 back at 1:48.18.
Earning another NCAA provisional finish, junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed placed fifth in the finals of the 100 free with a time of 44.15. He improved upon his 13th-place performance from the 2011 conference meet. Swimming in the consolation finals prior to Mehat-Mohamed, junior Otto Pagel and senior Jake Van Roekel rounded out the top 16 in the 100 free.
Later in the night, the 400 free relay team of Medhat-Mohamed, Van Roekel, Pagel and freshman Austin Caldwell combined for a NCAA provisional and fourth-place finish of 2:57.53.
In the 200 breast, senior Benjamin Solari recorded a NCAA B cut (1:58.73) in the finals. He placed sixth, while freshman Luke Nosbisch and senior Pierre-Antoine Meunier touched for 10th and 11th, respectively in the same event.
Big East Standings
1. Notre Dame 887
2. Louisville 859.5
3. Pitt 520
4. West Virginia 509.5
5. Connecticut 232
6. Georgetown 151
7. Cincinnati 146
8. Seton Hall 139
9. Villanova 129
10. Providence 77
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