Jan. 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving team will be hosting several opponents this weekend while celebrating major anniversaries for both the women's and men's teams.
On Friday, the men will celebrate a century of excellence, while the women will celebrate their 40th year anniversary when they host cross-state and former Big East rival Villanova at 5:00 p.m at Trees Pool. The Panthers will be looking to build off of their previous wins against Denison and James Madison.
The action continues on Saturday as Pitt hosts California (Pa.), Carnegie Mellon, Clarion, Duquesne and Grove City for the Western Pennsylvania Invitational. Both the men's and women's teams posted perfect 4-0 records in this invitational last year against the same schools minus Duquesne.
The meet will begin Friday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. with diving and will continue Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with swimming. The seniors will be recognized prior to Saturday's competition as this marks the Panthers last home meet of the season.
Veronica Lee is hoping to add to her long list of first-place finishes this weekend at Trees Pool. The Ontario native notched three wins in the previous meet against Denison and James Madison. Lee swept the butterfly, winning both the 100 and 200 along with cruising to another win in the 200 breast. Her time of 2:03.81 in the 200 fly was good for the school's fourth best time this season.
Fellow senior Alex Rodenkirk will try to improve upon his results in the previous meet where he placed fourth in the 50 free, third in the 100 free and second in the 200 free. He also swam the final leg for the first-place 400 free relay team which posted the school's fourth best time of the season (3:02.41).
Senior diver Aaron Snyder will look to have a memorable final meet as he hits the boards at Trees for the final time. In the previous meet vs. Denison, he placed second in both the 1M and 3M events. Snyder hopes to bring home at least one first-place finish in his final dives as a Pitt Panther.
The Panthers will wrap-up their season at Virginia on Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m before heading to the ACC Championships starting on February, 19 in Greensboro, N.C..