Jan. 17, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to Trees Pool for their first home meet since the Pitt Invitational in November as they host non-conference foes James Madison (Women) and Denison on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Both the men's and women's team are looking to build off of their impressive victories last weekend against longtime rival West Virginia in the pool version of the Backyard Brawl. The men's team was in a battle for most of the afternoon but pulled away down the stretch to post a 161-139 victory. The women took care of business in winning ten of the 16 events to notch a 179-119 decision.
Pitt has now posted victories this season at St. Bonaventure which was followed a week later by comfortable wins at Bucknell. The Panthers then fell short at home to ACC counterparts Notre Dame and Virginia Tech two weeks later.
Cam Dixon looks to continue her success in the pool after winning two events last weekend. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native, claimed wins in the 100 Breast and the 200 IM with times of 1:05.14 and 2:08.58, respectively.
For the men, Luke Nosbisch will attempt to match his showing from last weekend against WVU. Nosbisch swept the breaststroke, winning both the 100 and 200 with times of 57.20 and 2:02.92. The junior from nearby Monroeville, Pa. has posted Pitt's five fastest times in the 200 Breast this season along with the top two times in the 100 Breast.
Freshmen divers Tony Galante and Rachel Saunders look to add to their already impressive resumes this weekend. Last Saturday at WVU, both Galante and Saunders were named most valuable diver for their respective teams.
Galante won the 1-meter dive with a score of 329.77, which is good for Pitt's fourth best score of the season, and placed second in the 3-meter dive. Saunders' first-place finish (248.40) on the 1-meter board sealed Pitt's win as it mathematically eliminated the Mountaineers.
Following the meet, the Panthers will host its annual `Starts and Turns' clinic at 3 p.m. for over 60 swimmers at Trees Pool. Pitt's coach staff and its student-athletes will teach participants the proper techniques for starting off of the blocks, as well as how to effectively turn at the wall while performing swimming strokes.
Divers will get the meet started this weekend at 11:00 a.m. and the swimmers are expected to start at approximately 12:30 p.m. Fans can find live updates for Saturday's meet by following @PittSwimandDive on Twitter.
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