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Feb. 1, 2013

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh will honor its seniors this Saturday as the Panthers host California (Pa.), Carnegie Mellon, Clarion and Grove City. Carnegie Mellon will be the site of the diving competition which begins at 9 a.m., while the swimming portion will take place inside Trees Pool at 11 a.m.

Pitt will honor its 11 graduating seniors after the meet, five from the men’s team and six from the women’s team. These seniors include: Jared Kolwyck (Mason, Ohio), Adam Maczewski (Warsaw, Poland), Hussein Medhat-Mohammed (Cairo, Egypt), Erik Moore (Frederick, Md.) Otto Pagel (Neubrandenburg, Germany), Joanna Budzis (Warsaw, Poland), Kimberlee Cadell (Honolulu, Hawaii), Brittany DiSanti (Erie, Pa.), Kelsey Herbst (Erie, Pa.), Tamara Lelli (Scottsdale, Ariz.), and Yolandi Van Der Merwe (Somerset West, South Africa).


The Pitt men’s team enter Saturday’s meet with an overall record of 4-2 and 2-1 in the Big East after an easy win at Villanova last week, and the women’s team (3-3, 1-2) hope to jump back from a narrow loss against the Wildcats.

Senior Joanna Budzis helped sweep the 200IM with Cam Dixon and Yolandi Van Der Merwe taking second and third, and David Sweeney Jr. won the 50 Yard Freestyle, the 200 Yard Freestyle, and set a pool record in the 1,650 Freestyle.


Senior Adam Maczewski hopes to end his career with a win in the 100 year backstroke which will conclude a perfect run in that even as he has never been defeated. Since his freshman year, he has won ECAC titles in the 200 medley relay and 100 back and earned All-Big East Honors twice. He currently holds the school record in the 50 back, 100 back, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.

This season, Hussein Medhat-Mohamed holds Pitt’s top times in the 100 free, 200 free, and the 400 free relay. His junior year he was chosen as Co-Most Valuable Swimmer, Academic All-America, CSCAA Academic All-America, earned an All-Big East accolades while setting a school record in the 400 medley and 800 free relay. He holds the 200 freestyle school record with a time of 1:36.89.

Entering Saturday’s meet, Otto Pagel is a part of the 400 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay teams that have posted Pitt’s top times this season. He is a member of the school record 800 freestyle relay team which swam a time of 6:30.50 last year at the Big East Championship Meet.

Freestyler Kelsey Herbst enters her final home meet as Pitt’s leader in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 free. She was named an All-Big East honoree as a freshman, recorded a Big East top-10 time for the 500 free and 1,000 free as a sophomore, and has qualified for the Big East Championship all three years. She currently holds the school record in the 500 free with a time of 4:46.86.

Joanna Budzis has marked top times this season in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. The Polish Olympian is the school record holder in the 50 back, 100 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM. She has been named the team’s MVP twice in her career.

Fans can watch a live webstream of the meet by clicking here, and can also follow live results by clicking here.

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