Nov. 20, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team finished second overall in the Pitt Invitational held at Trees Pool on Sunday. The Panthers finished the three-day event with 770 points, second behind Ohio State (1,313).
“It was rewarding to see our women fight through the final day of the competition,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We pulled ahead of West Virginia at the end of the meet, which is a good indication of what we are capable of at a championship meet this season.”
Sophomore Veronica Lee shaved two seconds off her previous season best to place second in the 200 breast at 2:16.42. Swimming alongside Lee in the finals was freshman Cam Dixon, who placed seventh overall. Freshman Sarah Zetlmeisl claimed 14th in the consolation finals of the 200 breast.
Freshman Emily Bolek was the lone Panther in the finals of the 200 fly and placed sixth overall with a season best 2:03.63. In the consolation heat, Lee placed 13 and sophomore Lauren Matevish was 14th overall.
Swimming in the 1650 free for the first time this season, Pitt claimed fifth through ninth. Junior Kelsey Herbst was the first Panther to finish, touching the wall at 17:04.07 for fifth. She was followed by sophomore Julie Harrison, Matevish and sophomore Kate Dunseith.
Freshman Dani des Tombe
won the consolation finals of the 100 free with a team season-best of 51.43. Additionally, freshman Jessica Nederlanden
rounded out the top 16.
Later, four Panthers competed in the consolation finals of the 200 back. Freshman Renee Deschenes won the race with a team season-low of 2:00.33. Finishing second in the consolation heat was junior Joanna Budzis (2:00.49), while freshmen Kelsey Williams and Tatyanna Sarjeant were 12th and 15th overall.
In the final swimming event of the night, Pitt’s 400 free relay team finished third overall with a time of 3:26.24. The squad was made up of des Tombe, Budzis, Dixon and Sarjeant.
In diving, sophomore Leigh Waltz finished fifth on the platform board with 168.95 points. Freshman Ali Swafford claimed seventh overall with a score of 159.20.
Up next, the Panthers will host their annual Christmas Meet at Trees Pool Dec. 16-18.
Ohio State 1,313
West Virginia 714.5