Nov. 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's swimming and diving teams combined to win 25 events, including nine on the final day, at the Pitt Invitational at Trees Pool.
"The third day of a meet is always the toughest day because we have the longer distances in the individual events," head coach Chuck Knoles said. "The kids did a great job and it was good practice for those going to Winter Nationals in two weeks and for the upcoming ACC Championships.
"Watching Kinga Cichowska set a new school record in the 200-yard breaststroke was surprising and wonderful to see. She is a talent beyond belief as only a freshman. I'm really excited to see what she can do at the Winter Nationals in two weeks."
Cichowska won her third event of the weekend on Sunday as she took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.61. Cichowska broke the previous school record by 0.32 seconds. She also won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard medley along with Blair Wegescheide, Veronica Lee and Dani des Tombe.
In the first four events of the finals on Sunday, the Panthers claimed first in each event, starting with Kaleigh Ritter in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle. Scott Simmer also won for the Panthers in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle, followed by Brooke Waugaman and Zach Lierley each taking first place in the 200-yard backstroke.
Emily Bolek won the 200-yard butterfly, while Martin Vogel took first place for the men in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:47.90. Pitt went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard fly as Jon Lierley and Jake Tovey, took second and third place, respectively.
Anthony Galante claimed first in the platform diving finals (316.15), followed by Harry Bergman who finished in second place (305.05).
Next up for the Panthers is the AT&T Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tennessee on Dec. 5 - Dec. 7. The men will send 17 and the women will send ten student-athletes. Representing the men will be Kourosh Ahani, Mark Cooney, Ryan Hausler, Sean Heiden, Gabe Larson, Jon Lierley, Zach Lierley, Luke Nosbisch, Joey Notarianni, Connor O'Prey, Alex Rodenkirk, Scott Simmer, David Sweeney, Matthew Tankle, Jake Tovey, Martin Vogel and Avery Warrington. The women will send Kinga Cichowska, Cam Dixon, Veronica Lee, Lauren Matevish, Melissa Pocsai, Kaleigh Ritter, Tatyanna Sarjeant, Dani des Tombe, Brooke Waugaman and Blair Wegescheide.