Feb. 28, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s swimming team made their presence known in day two of conference championships setting two school records and 16 personal best swims on Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The Panthers started off strong in the morning preliminaries, freshman Gabe Larson made a splash in the 200 IM by setting the first school record of the day by going 1:47.89, breaking sophomore Mack Rice’s time of 1:48.47. Two heats later, Rice reclaimed his title as the record holder in the 200 IM, swimming the fastest time of the season and a lifetime best of 1:47.31.
Sophomore Sean Heiden highlighted for the Panthers in the 50 free, setting a season record and lifetime best of 20.03 in the bonus final, improving upon his prelim time by 0.14.
Martin Vogel and Luke Nosbisch also advanced to a bonus final, but instead in the 500 free. Vogel swam the fastest time this season and a lifetime best of 4:26.20, while Nosbisch followed closely behind with the second best time of the season and a personal record of 4:26.42.
The Pitt men’s 200 free relay team of David Sweeney, Alex Rodenkirk, Kourosh Ahani and Heiden swam their way into a season best time of 1:19.98. The ACC Panthers relay team broke the previous time by 0.65 set at the AT&T Winter Nationals.
Other notable lifetime best includes Sweeney in the 50 free (20.25), Jon Lierley in the 200 IM (1:49.63) and Zach Lierley in the 200 IM (1:49.13).
The Panthers broke two school records and set 16 personal records on Thursday of the conference championships. The Pitt men currently sit in ninth after day two with a total of 178 points. The championship continues Friday at 11 a.m. with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke preliminaries, with the finals in those events in addition to the 400 medley relay beginning on Friday night at 7 p.m.
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