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2013 NCAA participant Kourosh Ahani

Oct. 18, 2013


PITTSBURGH - In its final tune-up before heading to St. Bonaventure on Saturday to open the regular season, the University of Pittsburgh men's and women's swimming and diving team broke eight Blue-Gold meet records on Friday afternoon at Trees Pool.

The Blue women defeated the Gold women by a score of 158-137, while the Gold men topped the Blue men 154-130.

"We scheduled the Blue-Gold meet the day before our first competition because we want the kids to get used to being tired," head coach Chuck Knoles said. "The ACC is a grind and they will have to swim tired."

The second event of the afternoon saw the first Blue-Gold record fall as Mack Rice, Luke Nosbisch, Kourosh Ahani and David Sweeney Jr. swam a time of 1:32.19 in the men's 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Events three and four also had meet records as Kaleigh Ritter posted a 10:09.95 in the women's 1,000 Yard Freestyle, and freshman Scott Simmer went 9:23.74 in the men's 1,000 Freestyle.

Cam Dixon, the 100 Breaststroke school record holder, posted the afternoons fourth meet record in that very same event with a time of 1:04.24. Dixon set the program mark of 1:01.74 at last year's Big East Championship Meet.  

Also recording meet records were Veronica Lee in the 200 yard Butterfly (2:04.07) and the 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:16.85), Mack Rice in the 200 Yard IM (1:54.04), and the men's team of Sweeney, Jr., Ahani, Nathan Smith and Sean Heiden in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (3:07.04).

The Panthers head to Olean, N.Y. tomorrow for their first meet of the season as they face off with the Bonnies. Both the men and the women defeated St. Bonaventure handedly last season.

Panthers Break Eight Blue-Gold Records at Intrasquad on Friday

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