Oct. 28, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior Kelsey Herbst earned two-first place performances, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers fell 185-115 to Notre Dame in women's swimming and diving action at Joe C. Trees Pool on Friday. The meet was the Big East opener for both teams.
Herbst won the first individual race of the day, touching the wall at 10:13.41 in the 1000 free. Herbst was third in the early laps of the race, but moved into first at the 800M turn. She finished nearly five seconds ahead of the next swimmer.
“Kelsey displayed her abilities against some tough opponents tonight,” Pitt head coach Chuck Knoles said. “She was able to post season bests and her leadership showed in the pool.”
Later in the 500 free, Herbst outlasted the rest of the field when she captured gold with a time of 4:58.39. She was stroke-for-stroke after the final turn and stopped the clock a few hundredths of a second faster than second place (4:58.67).
Herbst was also the first leg of the second-place 400 free relay team (3:33.81). Herbst was joined by freshmen Lauren Mills and Tatyanna Sarjeant and junior Joanna Budzis on the relay team.
Budzis also posted a first-place performance, winning the 200 back with a time of 2:01.92. Trailing Budzis slightly was Sarjeant, who claimed second in the same race. In the 100 back, Budzis finished second with a season-best 57.61.
Sophomore Renee Deschenes was third in the 100 back. She was also a member of the second-place 200M relay team that touched the wall at 1:46.20. The squad consisted of Deschenes, freshman Cam Dixon, sophomore Veronica Lee and freshman Dani des Tombe.
Individually, des Tombe finished second in the 100 free (52.71) and 200 free (1:53.53). She was also third in the 50 free (24.25). Dixon was second in the 100 breast (1:06.06), while Lee was second in the 100 fly (57.72) and 200 breast (2:18.50).
Others claiming third-place finishes included senior Yolandi Van Mewre (100 breast), sophomores Tori Brungo (3M diving), Kate Dunseith (200 free) and Lauren Matevish (1000 free), freshmen Emily Bolek (2:06.88), Ashley Broderick (3M diving) and Dixon (200 IM).
Herbst and Dunseith were named the Pitt Performers of the Meet.
The Panthers host Louisville in a 4 p.m. contest at Joe C. Trees Pool on Friday, Nov. 4.