INDIANAPOLIS—Three members of the Pitt women’s swimming & diving team competed on Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium, with a pair of Panthers earning top-30 finishes to just miss out on All-American honors.
Junior Amanda Richey opened the day for Pitt by placing 29th in the 500-yard freestyle with a massive career-best swim of 4:41.67 to post a time just tenths of a second of the Panthers’ school record. Richey was under two seconds away from earning a place in the consolation final.
Another Pitt junior, diver Meme Sharp, also threatened the top-16 placements that garner All-American status as she finished 23rd in the 1-meter springboard event with a six-dive points total of 261.05.
Rounding out the Panthers’ efforts on the first day of individual events at nationals was another junior, Lina Rathsack, who took 60th in the 200-yard individual medley by swimming it in 2:01.12.
Friday will feature the full quartet of Panthers in Indianapolis in action.
Richey is set to race in the 400 IM at 10 a.m., Rathsack and Kinga Cichowska are entries in the 100-yard breaststroke at about 11 a.m. and Sharp returns to the diving boards in the 3-meter competition at 12:30 p.m., with each of the four Pitt swimming & diving student-athletes very capable of advancing past the preliminary round.
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