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March 1, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving team had a successful night on the third day of the Big East Championship as swimmers Adam Maczewski and Kourosh Ahani, and diver Aaron Snyderwere named Big East Champions at Indiana University Natatorium. Three swimmers also posted NCAA B Cuts.

Maczewski posted an NCAA B Cut with a time of 47.09 for the win in the 100 back. He also broke his previous school record of 47.36.

Ahani also posted an NCAA B Cut after winning the 100 fly tonight.  He swam a school, record-breaking time of 46.74. Both Ahani and Maczewski received All-Big East honors for their first place finishes.

For the diving team, Snyder received All-Big East honors with his first place finish on the 3M diving board. Snyder scored 338.30 points to bring home the win. Erik Moore, Harris Bergman and Tyler Matheny all placed in the 3M consolation finals.

Also placing in the finals and posting an NCAA B Cut was Cam Dixon. She posted a school, record-breaking and career best time of 1:01.74 beating her old time of 1:01.80. Dixon placed fourth in the event.

The men's 400 relay team also received All-Big East honors in the finals of the 400 medley relay. The men swam a 3:15.15 for a third place finish.  The squad consisted of Kourosh Ahani, David Sweeney, Adam Maczewski and Mack Rice.

Also placing for the men was Jonathan Lierley.  Lierley posted a time of 48.70 for a sixth place finish.

The women's 400 medley relay team of Joanna Budzis, Cam Dixon, Veronica Lee and Alexandra Iwanicki broke the previous school record (3:44.27) tonight in the finals after swimming a 3:43.19. The women placed sixth. 

Sophomore Dani des Tombe and senior Kelsey Herbst also received All-Big East honors tonight. Des Tombe was runner-up in the 200 free with a career best 1:48.54. Herbst followed right behind with a time of 1:48.74 and a third place finish.

Also placing individually for the women was senior Joanna Budzis. She placed fifth in the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:18.81.

Placing in the consolation finals tonight were Veronica Lee, Tatyanna Sarjeant, Tamara Lelli and Yolandi Van Der Merwe for the women. The men consisted of Rick Mack, Martin Vogel, Alexander Rodenkirk, Avery Warrington, Hussein Medhat-Mohamed, Otto Pagel, Sean Heiden, Luke Nosbisch, Connor O'Prey, Robert Power and Joe Notarianni.

Both the men and women currently sit in third place.  The men have 379.50 points and the women have 298.

The final day of the Big East Championships will take place tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m.. The Big East will also hold a senior recognition ceremony before the finals begin at 6 p.m.. 

Fans can follow live results and watch the Swimming and Diving Big East Championships through on the Championship Central Page.

Maczewski, Ahani and Synder Named Big East Champions

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