Dec. 8, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Pittsburgh swimmers concluded the AT&T Winter Nationals with three more record breaking performances. Kaleigh Ritter set two more school records in both the 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Zach Lierley placed 23rd in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47.71, improving upon his preliminary time by 0.05. Kinga Cichowska reset the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke for the second time this season.
Luke Nosbisch competed in the 200-yard breaststroke consols, placing 15th in a time of 2:00.02. While Martin Vogel, Jon Lierley and Mack Rice advanced to the finals in the 200-yard butterfly.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay David Sweeney, Sean Heiden, Avery Warrington and Alex Rodenkirk captured 11th place in the finals in a time of 2:58.30. Overall, the men’s side finished in fifth at the collegiate meet.
"We came to the USA Nationals to gain some experience and race some of the best swimmers in the country head to head,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We were able to successfully do both. I'm very proud of the Pitt Panthers for doing all the training and hard work this summer to qualify for this meet. Mission accomplished, for now, but there will be more to come."
The Panthers will host its Christmas Meet on Dec. 12-15, and then will jump back in dual meet competition on Dec. 17, 2014 as Pitt visits Florida State.