Jan. 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's swimming and diving programs are celebrating two monumental milestones on Friday, January 31st following the Panthers home meet against Villanova.
The men's swim and dive program dates back 100 years ago with its inaugural dual meet against Princeton University. Since its inception, there have been thousands of student-athletes to come through the program, however one thing that has remained constant over the past century; excellence.
"It's kind of scary to realize I've been with the program a quarter of a century," head coach Chuck Knoles said. "A hundred years is a long time for anything. When you think about a century of swimming that is also a century of support that the university has offered to an Olympic sport. It means a lot to our program."
The women's swim and dive program will also be recognizing a substantial accomplishment this Friday as this year marks the 40th season in the pool for the Panthers. Over the course of the past 40 years, the women's program has won an impressive 66 percent of their swim meets while amassing an overall record of 284-142.
"The 40 year anniversary for the women is a huge milestone," Knoles remarked. "The University of Pittsburgh was one of the first schools in the country that offered scholarship assistance to females and Olympic sports. It's an honor to be a part of this university."
It is fitting that Pitt celebrate its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of the top swimming and diving conferences in the country, while honoring its rich history that spans a century. Together, the men and the women take a Big East-record 28 conference titles and over 700 wins with them to the ACC.
University of Pittsburgh swim and dive alumni are invited to join the anniversary reception following Friday night's competition.