March 2, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh men's swimming team breaks a total of eight school records and places ninth overall in their ACC Championship debut. The Panthers set school records in the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 200 free, 400 IM, 200 fly, 200 breast and then two records in the 200 IM.
On the final day of ACC competition, six panthers advanced to second swims in the bonus final and two swimmers earned spots in the consols. In the first event of the evening, Scott Simmer's standout performance in the 1650 free was both a lifetime best and season record for Pitt (15:29.51).
In the 200 back, Zach Lierley swam his way into the C-final by going 1:46.29 in the prelims. Lierley then went on to swim in the finals, improving his time by 0.42.
In the 100 free prelims, Sean Heiden (44.38), David Sweeney (44.32) and Avery Warrington (44.67) all advanced to the C-Final. Sweeney's time in the 100 free is a season best for the Panthers.
Luke Nosbisch highlighted the morning prelims on Saturday in the 200 breast by going 1:56.81 and earned a second swim in the consols. Nosbisch just missed the A-cut and finished ninth overall in prelims.
Mack Rice also swam his way into a B-final by going 1:46.80 in the 200 fly, while both Jon Lierley and Martin Vogel advanced to the C-final. Rice improved upon his prelim time by swimming a 1:46.28 in the consols. Lierley and Vogel then went on to finish second and fourth in the bonus final, respectively.
In the final event of the evening, the 400 free relay team finished in eighth overall in the conference by going a season best time of 2:57.36.
The Panthers were also in action at the ECAC Championships in Annapolis, Md. The women's 200 medley relay finished third by going 1:43.57, dropping 2-tenths off their prelim time from Saturday morning. The Pitt men's relay team also took third in the 200MR finals, swimming 8-tenths faster than prelims (1:32.13). The Pitt men then went on to place fourth in the 800 free relay by going 6:46.61.
Charlene Yuan swam her way into a top-ten finish in the women's 100 breast (1:04.16). Haden Calegan represented for the men with a top-five finish in the 100 breast by going 55.26. Also competing for the men, Spencer Gray placed sixth in the 200 free finals by going 1:40.57. Gray dropped 0.76 off his prelim time.
Blair Wegescheide finished third in the women's 100 back (54.71), while Joey Notarianni also took third for the men in the same event (50.20). Also for the women, Sam Winkelman dominated on the boards for a second day in a row at ECACs, winning with a total of 268.90 points on the 3M.
The Pitt men and women will conclude ECAC action on Sunday with prelims starting at 9 a.m. and then finals are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. For the latest updates, make sure to follow @PittSwimAndDive on Twitter, or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Swimming and Diving.