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Nov. 29, 2012


AUSTIN, Texas - In the opening day of the AT&T Winter Nationals, the University of Pittsburgh had a very solid outing at the Joe and Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the Campus of the University of Texas.

Despite not being able to score points in the races which the Panthers use internationals swimmers, Pitt would be in the top-10 if that was not the case.

"I am very pleased with the performances so far. We had some nerves this morning in prelims because this is the first National Meet for these kids and there are Olympic gold medalists here. Once the nerves settled down, we performed well," head coach Chuck Knoles said.

The Pitt men's team placed ninth in the 4x100 Medley Relay, which was one spot shy of medaling. Adam Maczewski, Jon Lierley, Kourosh Ahani and David Sweeney Jr. touched the wall in a time of 3:21.22, seven tenths of a second ahead Michigan State.

That same team also finished 11th in the 4x50 Freestyle relay as participants in the B Final, and just finished ahead of West Virginia in a time of 1:22.67

The women's team of Renee Deschenes, Veronica Lee, Joanna Budzis and Dani des Tombe finished 13th in the 4x100 Medley Relay with a time of 3:44.96.

Action continues Friday morning at 10 a.m. EST with prelims, with the finals set for 6 p.m. EST. Fans can watch a live web stream of the meet by clicking here.

Panthers Perform Well on Day One of Winter Nationals

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