March 1, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh men's swimming team turned in solid showings on Friday in both the preliminaries and in the final swims. Freshman Zach Lierley's performance in the men's 400IM highlighted day three of the ACC Championships.
Lierley broke the school record in the prelims, earning a second swim in Friday night's B Final after finishing 12th overall and by going 3:49.18. He then went on to finish second in the Consols and in tenth overall, breaking his school record once again by swimming a 3:48.44.
In addition to Lierley, nine Panthers advanced to either the B or C Finals on Friday night. In the 400 IM, Mack Rice and Martin Vogel were two of those swimmers who advanced to the Bonus Final for Pitt.
In the 100 fly, Kourosh Ahani highlighted the event with a B cut, swimming a season best time of 47.40. Jon Lierley also earned himself a second swim with a spot in the C Final by gong 48.57. In the finals, Jon Lierley claimed third by going 48.30, improving upon his prelim time by 0.27.
David Sweeney was the third and final Panther to advance to the Consols with a new best time this season of 1:37.21 in the 200 free. Sweeney's final swim of the night earned him second place in the Consols by going 1:36.40. He now owns the top two times in Pitt history of the 200 freestyle. Both Alex Rodenkirk and Avery Warrington's times in the 200 free also earned them second swims, but instead in the Bonus Final.
Matt Tankle competed in the 100 back and earned himself a spot in the C Final with a lifetime best and season record time of 50.08. Tankle's second swim of the night was 13-tenths faster than his prelim time, and the new fastest time of the season.
Luke Nosbisch also swam the fastest time yet this season, but instead in the 100 breast by going 54.48. Nosbisch's season record was good enough to advance him to the Bonus Final on Friday night.
The remainder of the Pitt men's and women's swimming and diving team competed in the ECAC Championships in Annapolis, Md. on Friday night. The Panthers continued to turn in successful swims at the ECAC finals.
Spencer Gray and Alex Iwanicki highlighted the finals for both the men and women with Gray as the champion of the 500 free and Iwanicki as the runner-up in the 50 free.
In diving, Sam Winkelmann claimed first overall on the women's 1M board with a total score of 271.65, while Kelsey Williams (250.30) and Kim Ciotti (227.00) then claimed second and third on the 1M, respectively.
In the relay finals, the men claimed second place in the 200 free relay, and the women finished in third overall in the same event.
The ECAC Swimming and Diving Open Championships continues on Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 2. The prelims start on Saturday morning at ten followed by the finals at 6 p.m. for ECAC, while the men will conclude action at the ACC Championships on Saturday morning. The ACC prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals will be available for live streaming at 7:15 p.m.
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