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Feb. 28, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The University of Pittsburgh swimming team posted three NCAA provisional finishes, on the second day of the Big East Championships, at Indiana University Natatorium.

Freshman Mack Rice along with seniors Kelsey Herbst and Joanna Budzis all posted NCAA provisional times in their events tonight.  For the women, Herbst swam a school record-breaking time of 4:45.82 in the 500 free. She received All-Big East honors with her third place finish. 

Budzis also posted a B Cut while breaking the 200 IM school record for the second time today.  She placed fourth after swimming a 2:00.00.  She has broken three school records in the past two days.

For the men, Rice posted an NCAA provisional time of 1:48.47 in the 200 IM.  He also broke the school record for this event for the second time today.  He swam a 1:48.79 this morning.

In addition to Herbst, the 200 free relay team of David Sweeney, Sean Heiden, Kourosh Ahani and Alexander Rodenkirk received All-Big East honors. The men placed third in the finals with a time of 1:20.55.

Also placing in the 200 relay was the women's squad consisting of Alec Iwanicki, Dani des Tombe, Jessica Nederlanden and Tamara Lelli. The women placed sixth with a time of 1:33.63.

Another swimmer placing individually for Pitt was freshman David Sweeney. He placed sixth in the 500 free finals with a career best time of 4:25.54.

Heiden also placed individually for Pitt in the 50 free.  He finished seventh with a time of 20.57.  Swimming a 23.38 in the women's 50 free was Iwanicki.  She also finished seventh. 

Placing in the consolation events were Jon Lierley, Martin Vogel, Avery Warrington, Alex Rodenkirk, Kourosh Ahani and Otto Pagel.

After day two of the Big East Swimming and Diving Championships, both the men and the women currently sit in third.  The men have 191.5 points while the women have 188.

Action will resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m with the preliminaries of the men's 3M dive, 400 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.  The finals will take place at 6 p.m.

Pitt Swimming Posts Three NCAA B Cuts

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