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Pitt Swimmers Return With Valuable Experience




April 3, 2012

PITTSBURGH--Several members of Pitt's swimming and diving team earned valuable experience this past weekend, competing at either the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Trials or the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Trials were held at the Olympic Park Sport Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Freshman Kourosh Ahani earned an alternate seed at the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London after placing second in the 100 fly (54.08). Ahani will also compete in several international meets as a member of the Canadian National Team, holding the second fasted 100 fly time.

Additionally, sophomore Renee Deschenes swam in two events, including the 100 fly (1:04.52) and 200 fly (2:30.01), while Veronica Lee competed in the 200 breast (2:41.03).

Five other Panthers competed at the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.

Junior Joanna Budzis represented the women's team with top-50 finishes in the 200 back (2:23.45) and 200 IM (2:26.45).

On the men's side, junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed recorded the best finish of the meet for Pitt, claiming a 32nd-place performance in the 200 free (1:54.62). Later, he turned in top-50 times in the 100 free (52.05) and 400 free (4:07.64). Medhat-Mohamed also competed in the 50 free (24.84).

Freshman Austin Caldwell participated in three events, including the 50 free (24.24), 100 free (52.31) and 100 fly (57.23).

Rounding out the Panthers, freshman Jon Lierley raced in the 50 free (24.85) and 100 fly (55.84) events, while sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk competed in the 50 free (24.57), 100 free (52.54) and 200 free (1:58.87).