Nov. 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh’s swimming and diving teams turned in a strong performance on day one of the Pitt Invitational, highlighted by the women’s record breaking performance in the 400-yard medley relay race. Blair Wegescheide, Kinga Cichowska, Veronica Lee and Dani des Tombe claimed first place in the 400-yard medley with a time of 3:42.56, meaning they broke the previous school record of 3:43.56.
“I’m really surprised a new record was set tonight in the 400-yard medley relay,” Chuck Knoles said. “As a matter of fact our B relay team was only a couple seconds off the school record also. It was very satisfying to see the girls step up and break the school record. Especially since all four of the girls in that group were not completely rested. It bodes well for what we are going to see at Winter Nationals in two weeks.”
On the men’s side, the Panthers 200-yard freestyle relay team also took first place. Sean Heiden, David Sweeney, Haden Calegan and Alex Rodenkirk finished with a time of 1:21.29.
Individual event winners include Sweeney in the 500-yard freestyle with a Panthers season best time of 4:27.97 and Lee in the 200-yard IM also posted a season best for the Panthers while cutting her previous best time by seven seconds (2:01.44). In the men’s 3M diving competition, Aaron Snyder (336.30) took a close second to Michigan’s Timothy Faerber (336.90).
“This is not a time of the year that divers tend to be particularly sharp, but I believe we are right where we need to be at this point,” Julian Krug said. “I am especially impressed with the freshmen performances. Rachel Saunders took fourth place in the 1M diving finals, which is outstanding. She is continuing to improve day in and day out. Also, three of our girls made it into the finals (Tori Brungo, Leigh Waltz and Saunders). There were 28 divers competing on the women’s side and three of our girls advanced, which is excellent to see.”
Competition at Trees Pool continues tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m., followed by the finals starting at 6 p.m.