Jan. 10, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – 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 travel to rival West Virginia University this Saturday to compete at the WVU Natatorium.
The Backyard Brawl will begin with diving at 11 a.m., followed by swimming at noon. The Panthers have the clear advantage in the all-time series record against the Mountaineers. The Pitt men’s team is currently 34-13 against WVU, while the women’s record is 34-4.
Both the Pitt men and women enter Saturday’s meet against West Virginia with an overall record of 2-2, while WVU’s overall record is 0-1. The Panthers last swam a dual meet on Nov. 9 against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Since then, they participated in the Pitt Invitational, while a handful of swimmers went on to compete at the AT&T Winter Nationals prior to winter break.
Pitt has some of the ACC’s fastest times posted this season in their first year as league members, led by Kourosh Ahani and Kaleigh Ritter for swimming and Harry Bergman for diving.
Ahani claimed first in the 100-yard butterfly in Pitt’s last dual meet against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Ahani proved he is one of the top butterfly swimmers in the ACC by out-touching Virginia Tech’s Morgan Latimer in the 100 fly with a time of 48.39, which was his fastest of the season. As a junior, Ahani remains undefeated during dual meets and invitationals in the 100 fly.
On the women’s side, Ritter won the 1,000-yard freestyle in her ACC debut against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Ritter also posted Pitt’s best time of the season by swimming a career-best 10:13.67.
In diving, Bergman performed very well in the 3M competition in the Panthers last dual meet, placing second overall. He finished with a total score of 341.85, which was his best score of the year and the second best of the season behind Aaron Snyder (342.23 at Bucknell).
Fans can find live results for Saturday's meet at 11 a.m. by following @PittSwimAndDive on Twitter.
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