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Feb. 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH—Freshman Dani des Tombe shattered a 27 year-old rookie record to advance to the finals of the 50 free tonight. She is one of seven members of Pitt’s women’s swim team that will compete in the finals on the second day of swimming events during the Big East Championship, held at Trees Pool on Thursday.

des Tombe tied for second overall in the 50 free when she touched the wall at 23.13. Her time eclipsed All-American Sue Hickman’s 1984 freshman record of 23.26.

Swimming in the consolation heat, freshman Lauren Mills recorded a 23.45 finish in the event. She claimed 10th in the prelims.

Others swimming in the 50 free prelims were freshman Jessica Nederlanden and senior Tamara Lelli.

Freshman Cam Dixon and junior Joanna Budzis advanced to the finals of the 200 IM. Dixon placed third in the prelims (2:01.24) and Budzis was fourth (2:01.27). Last year, Budzis earned All-Big East honors in the 200 IM with a third-place performance and holds the school record at 2:01.12.

Returning for the consolation finals of the 200 IM is sophomore Veronica Lee, who touched for 11th in the prelims.

Freshmen Brooke Waugaman and Kelsey Williams competed in the prelims of the 200 IM.

Advancing to the finals of the 500 free, junior Kelsey Herbst finished second in her heat of the event and enters tonight’s race as the No. 5 seed. She turned in a season-best performance of 4:48.57, just shy of a school record (4:48.43).

Swimming in the consolation finals of the 500 free is sophomore Lauren Matevish. She just missed the A finals with a ninth-place finish of 4:51.84.

Others competing in the 500 free this morning included sophomores Kate Dunseith and Julie Harrison and freshmen Emily Bolek and Tatyanna Sarjeant.

Tonight's finals are slated for a 6 p.m. start and include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay.

des Tombe Breaks a Rookie Record

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