Feb. 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Junior Kelsey Herbst set a school record in the 500 free, as the University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team completed the second day of competition at the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Thursday. The Panthers are in fifth place with 164 points.
Herbst placed sixth in the 500 free with a NCAA B cut of 4:46.86. Herbst’s time bested Kristin Brown’s 2007 record of 4:48.43. Brown set that record during the NCAA Championships. Herbst’s finish was also an improvement upon her eighth-place performance last season.
Swimming in the consolation finals of the 500 free, sophomore Lauren Matevish claimed 13th overall when she touched the wall at 4:52.23. She matched her finish from last year.
Freshman Cam Dixon captured All-Big East honors in the 200 IM with a third-place performance of 2:01.42. Swimming alongside Dixon in the finals, junior Joanna Budzis finished fifth in the 200 IM (2:01.61). Both Dixon and Budzis recorded NCAA provisional marks. In the consolation heat of the 200 IM, sophomore Veronica Lee claimed 13th overall (2:03.59).
Later in the finals of the 50 free, freshman Dani des Tombe finished eighth (23.39), while freshman Lauren Mills placed 12th in the same event (23.58).
The night concluded with a sixth-place performance from the 200 free relay (1:33.83). The squad consisted of des Tombe, Mills, Budzis and freshman Jessica Nederlanden.
Friday’s prelims begin at 10 a.m. and include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. A free live stream of the Big East Championships can be found at www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Team Scores Through Thursday
1 Louisville 304
2 Notre Dame 212
3 West Virginia 192
4 Connecticut 183
5 Pittsburgh 164
6 Rutgers 138
7 Cincinnati 133
8 Villanova 131
9 Seton Hall 52
10 Georgetown 51
11 Providence 42