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Feb. 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH-Junior Adam Maczewski is the No. 1 seed in tonight’s 100 back and is one of 15 Panthers competing in the finals for the University of Pittsburgh men’s swim team on the third day of the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Friday.

In what should be an exciting race, Maczewski turned in a 48.02 finish in the prelims. His time was just a few hundredths of a second faster than second place. Swimming in the consolation heat will be freshman Joey Notarianni. He tied for 12th in the prelims at 50.58.

Three Panthers advanced to the finals in the 100 fly. Leading Pitt with the No. 2 seed tonight is freshman Kourosh Ahani. He won his heat of the 100 fly with a time of 47.37. He improved upon his previous freshman record and was just shy of the school standard (47.24).

Joining Ahani in the finals will be freshmen Jon Lierley and Austin Caldwell, who placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the prelims.

In the 200 free, junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed won his heat of the race and is listed as the No. 4 seed in tonight’s finals. He turned in a 1:37.35 finish in the event. Junior Otto Pagel and sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk will swim in the consolation finals after placing 11th and 16th, respectively, in the prelims. Senior Jake Van Roekel just missed the finals, touching for 17th in the prelims.

Senior Rousseau Kluever is seeded seventh in the 400 IM finals tonight. He turned in a season low time of 3:54.98 in the event. Swimming in the B final is senior Morne Boshoff (ninth), sophomore Robert Power (13th) and junior Jared Kolwyck (15th).

In the 100 breast, senior Benjamin Solari rounded out the top eight (55.28). Senior Pierre-Antoine Meunier just missed the finals, claiming ninth in prelims (55.30). Joining Meunier in the consolation heat is freshman Luke Nosbisch. He was 12th in prelims. Additionally, freshman Jack Pidgeon was second in his heat of the 100 breast with a season-best 58.02.

Others competing this morning were seniors Christoph Berger (100 back) and Dawid Goszczycki (400 IM).

Action resumes at 6 p.m. with the finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.

Maczewski Holds the No. 1 Seed in the 100 Back Tonight

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