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Panthers Back in the Pool; Host West Virginia on Saturday

Senior Joanna Budzis

Senior Joanna Budzis

Jan. 10, 2013

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – After a two month break from dual meet competition, the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to host rival West Virginia University this Saturday at Trees Pool.

The meet begins at 11 a.m. and due to the men’s basketball game which starts at Noon, fan parking has been moved from the OC lot to the Tower View Garage located right next to the OC lot. The Tower View Garage is a $10 cash lot and can be accessed from Robinson St. Extension across from the Petersen Sports Complex.

This weekend’s meet marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever meet at Trees Pool. Pitt defeated the Princeton Tigers back on January 5, 1963, in Pitt’s ceremonial competition at Trees Pool.

Both the Pitt men and women enter Saturday’s meet against West Virginia with an overall record of 2-2. The WVU men have a mark of 2-1, while the women’s team is 3-1. The Panthers last swam a dual meet on Nov. 9 at Notre Dame. Since then, they participated in the Pitt Invitational, while a handful of swimmers went on to compete at the AT&T Winter National prior to winter break.

Pitt has some of the fastest times posted this season in the Big East Conference, led by Adam Maczewski on the men’s side and Kelsey Herbst and Joanna Budzis for the women. Maczewski has the top Big East time of the season in the 100 Yard Backstroke as he posted a 47.59 at the Pitt Invitational. He also has the fourth fastest 200 Yard Backstroke time in the league.


 

 

Both Herbst and Budzis rank in the top-5 for two events. Herbst has the third fastest time in the 500 Freestyle (4:48.51) and the fourth fastest 1,650 Freestyle time (16:44.90). Budzis is currently fourth in the 200 IM at 2:01.84 and is fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.90.

Following Saturday’s meet, the Pitt swimming and diving program will be hosting a clinic open to all kids in attendance. No prior swimming experience is needed and pizza will be served following the clinic.

Saturday’s meet will also be streamed live. Fans can watch the competition unfold by clicking here.