Oct. 20, 2013
OLEAN, N.Y. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both defeated St. Bonaventure University on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center Pool in their opening meet of the 2013-14 campaign.
The women breezed past the Bonnies by a score of 225-75, while the men’s competition was a little more closely contested as Pitt topped SBU 186-114. The women’s team won 14 of the 16 events and went 1-2-3 in seven of those events.
“It was a tough schedule for the teams having our Blue-Gold meet on Friday night, then traveling four hours to St. Bonaventure the next day, but the teams performed well against the Bonnies,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “I am especially proud of our women who went 1-2-3 in seven events; that is quite a feat.
“The women’s 200 yard freestyle relay team set a Reilly Pool record going 1:36.45, while Kourosh Ahani set a pool record in the 100 yard butterfly. The Bonnies men’s team had us on our heels, but it was nice to see us fight back and secure the win over the 2013 A-10 Conference champions.”
The women’s team got off to a great start by taking the top three places in the meet’s opening event of the 200 yard medley relay. Tatyanna Sarjeant, Cam Dixon, Mackenzie Meixner and Dani des Tombe went 1:47.28 for the victory.
des Tomes ended up taking four first place finishes. Along with the 200 yard medley relay, she was a part of the 200 yard freestyle relay first place team, and also won the individual 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle.
Other notable performances came from three freshmen as Kinga Cichowska, Melissa Pocsai and Athena Summa all recorded first place finishes. Cichowska won the 200 yard breaststroke in a time of 2:22.77, Pocsai won the 50 yard freestyle in 24.17, and Summa captured the 100 yard butterfly in 49.77.
Luke Nosbisch and Scott Simmer led the men’s team to victory as both notched two individual first place finishes. Nosbisch was victorious in the 100 yard breaststroke (58:04) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:07.90). Simmer, in his first collegiate meet, won the 500 yard freestyle (4:41.81) and the 1,000 yard freestyle (9:37.42).
In diving, the Panthers won the 1M and the 3M for both the men and the women. Harris Bergman (1M - 301.12), and Aaron Snyder (3M - 303.75) took first for the men, while Tori Brungo (1M -248.39) and Rachel Saunders (3M - 250.95) were victorious for the women.
The Panthers are back in the pool next Saturday, October 26, at Bucknell.
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