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March 2, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Senior Kelsey Herbst broke Olympic swimmer Sue Heon's 27 year old school record in the 1,650 free, leading both the University of Pittsburgh's men's and women's teams to third place finishes at the 2013 Big East Championship at Indiana University Natatorium.

The men's team placed third with 573.50 points, behind Big East Champion Notre Dame (991) and Louisville (851.5). The women's team also finished third with 443 points. Notre Dame claimed the Big East Championship for the women with 895 points. In 22 years as a team, Pitt has never placed out of the top three.

Clocking in at 16:20.78, Herbst surpassed the Olympian's time of 16:31.78 to post a NCAA B Cut, second place finish and All-Big East honors.  Joining her on the podium was Kaleigh Ritter who placed fifth with a time of 16:40.42. Rounding out the top eight was Lauren Matevish recording a 16:52.45.

Also posting an NCAA B Cut was Adam Maczewski in the 200 back.  Maczewski swam a 1:46.19 in the consolation finals tonight.

Veronica Lee placed fifth for the women in the 200 breast along with Cam Dixon coming in seventh.  Lee swam a 2:13.26 while Dixon recorded a 2:14.88.  In the consolation, Yolandi Van Der Merwe placed 14th with a time of 2:20.21.

Also for the women, Joanna Budzis closed out the top eight in the 200 back tonight after swimming a 1:59.07.  Renee Deschenes followed right behind placing ninth with a 1:59.18 while Tatyanna Sarjeant came in 13th swimming a 2:01.36 in the consolation finals.

For the men, Jonathan Lierley placed third and Mack Rice finished fourth in the 200 fly finals.  Lierley swam a 1:47.16 receiving All-Big East honors while Rice completed the race in 1:47.63, which is also his new career best time.  Placing ninth in the consolation finals was Martin Vogel with a time of 1:48.80. For the women in the 200 fly, Tamara Lelli finished 12th clocking in at 2:02.73.

Three men placed in the 100 free finals tonight.  David Sweeney swam a career best time of 44:27 placing fourth. Alexander Rodenkirk placed sixth after swimming a career best 44:52 and Kourosh Ahani placed eighth swimming a 45:13.

Luke Nosbish swam a 2:00.38 in the finals of the 200 breast tonight to round out the top eight.  In the consolation finals, Rob Power placed 10th with a time of 2:01.72 and Connor O'Prey finished 12th with a time of 2:02.56.

Later in the night, both 400 free relay teams placed in the finals.  Earning All-Big East honors was the men's 400 free relay team consisting of Kourosh Ahani, Hussein Medhat-Mohamed, Alexander Rodenkirk and David Sweeney with their third place finish.  The men clocked in at 2:57.57.

The women's team placed fourth with a time of 3:23.61.  The squad was made up Kelsey Herbst, Joanna Budzis, Cam Dixon and Dani des Tombe.

For the diving team today, Harris Bergman placed fifth in the finals of the platform. He scored 228.00 points.  Erik Moore rounded out the top eight with a score of 187.75.

In the consolation final, Tyler Matheny placed 10th with 182.55 points. For the women, Sam Winkelmann and Alec Shaeffer also competed in the consolation final. Winkelmann finished 12th with 185.66 points and Shaeffer placed 13th with 155.40. 

Lastly, placing in consolation events for the men were Jared Kolwyck in the 1650 free, Joe Notarianni in the 200 back, and Sean Heiden, Hussein Mehat-Mohamed and Avery Warrington in the 100 free. The women had Dani des Tombe in the 100 free and Tamara Lelli in the 200 fly.

After four days at the Big East Championships, the Panthers finished with 16 broken school records. 

Pitt Swimming and Diving Finishes Third at the 2013 Big East Championships

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