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Kourosh Ahani

Nov. 9, 2013


PITTSBURGH – Despite strong performances across the board from the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the Panthers were defeated by Virginia Tech and Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at Trees Pool.

On the women’s side, Virginia Tech topped Pitt by a score of 202-98, while Notre Dame outscored the Panthers 193-107. For the men, Virginia Tech defeated Pitt 19-106 and Notre Dame topped the Panthers 162-138. The Panthers lost to two teams that are nationally ranked.

“The strength and depth of the new ACC swimming and diving conference was evident today,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We are now in one of the best swimming conferences in the country. Our athletes performed well today having many personal-best performances. Our goal will be to move up on these two teams throughout the season in anticipation of meeting them again at the ACC Championship Meet.”

Despite the losses, the Panther swam very strong throughout the afternoon, which was highlighted by Kourosh Ahani winning the 100-yard butterfly and Kaleigh Ritter taking the 1,000-yard freestyle.

After exciting 200 yard medley relays to start the swimming portion for the afternoon, Ritter tallied Pitt’s first individual victory in the second swimming event of the day. Ritter won the 1,000-yard freestyle and posted Pitt’s best time of the season by swimming a career-best 10:13.67.

Ahani then confirmed that he is one of the top butterfly swimmers in the ACC by out-touching Tech’s Morgan Latimer in the 100 fly with a time of 48.39, which was his fastest of the season. Now a quarter of the way through his junior campaign, Ahani remains undefeated during dual meets and invitationals in that event.

In diving, Harry Bergman performed very well in the 3M competition, placing second overall. He finished with a total score of 341.85, which was his best score of the year and the second best of the season by a Panther.

Pitt continues its home stand by hosting the Pitt Panthers Invitational two weekends from now. The three-day meet runs November 22-24 and will feature teams such as Cincinnati and Clemson, amongst others.

Pitt Falls to Virginia Tech and Notre Dame in the Pool

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