Feb. 26, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s swimming team set the tone early in their ACC debut on Wednesday night in the relay events. Both the 200 medley and 800 free relay teams broke school records. David Sweeney also set a new lifetime best and a school record as the lead off for the 800 free.
The 200 medley relay team of Mack Rice, Luke Nosbisch, Kourosh Ahani and Sean Heiden swam the fastest time in Pitt history by going 1:27.21, beating the previous school record of 1:27.34 set at the 2013 Big East Championships. Last season, Ahani and Nosbisch assisted in the 200 medley relay school record, and both swimmers impressed by aiding to a second 200 MR school record in this year’s conference championships.
In the 800 free relay, Sweeney, Jon Lierley, Avery Warrington and Alex Rodenkirk set their own school record by swimming a 6:28.21, surpassing the previous record by 2.29. The old record of 6:30.50 had not been broken in about two years. Sweeney helped set the tone for the Panthers by leading off with a new school record of 1:36.27.
Pitt men’s swimming currently sits in seventh overall in the conference with a total of 90 points, which is only two points shy of Georgia Tech and six points behind North Carolina.
Also noteworthy, are the diving scores had yet to be included in the total points. The men’s diving score will not be added until the session that event would have been contested, which means the 1M diving is added Thursday night, the 3M on Friday night and the platform on Saturday evening.
The Panthers will continue ACC action on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free preliminaries at 11 a.m. The finals for each of those three events in addition to the 200 yard freestyle relay event will begin at 7 p.m.
Pitt fans can live stream the conference finals live, or find the latest updates on the Panthers by following @PittSwimAndDive on Twitter of ‘like us’ on Facebook under Pitt Swimming and Diving.
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