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Feb. 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH-Freshman Cam Dixon eclipsed her previous school records, as the University of Pittsburgh women's swim team holds to fourth place on the third day of the Big East Championship held at Trees Pool on Friday.

“It has been exciting to coach this team,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “The women are young, yet they have stepped up and performed well in the high-pressure situation of a championship meet. Cam Dixon has been phenomenal. However, she is not the only one that had great swims today.”

Dixon shaved nearly a second off her record-setting morning swim, touching the wall with a NCAA B cut of 1:01.80 for sixth place in the 100 breast. That time improved upon her previous school and freshman records of 1:02.53.

In the 200 free, junior Kelsey Herbst placed seventh overall in the finals with a season-best 1:48.49. She was 11th in the same event last season. Freshman Dani des Tombe improved to 10th (1:50.12) and sophomore Kate Dunseith rounded out the top 16 (1:52.05).

Junior Joanna Budzis finished fourth in the 400 IM finals. She posted a NCAA provisional time of 4:18.30 and improved upon her ninth-place finish from 2011.

Swimming in the consolation heat of the 400 IM, sophomore Julie Harrison improved to 10th (4:21.66), while sophomore Lauren Matevish and freshman Tatyanna Sarjeant rounded out the top 16.

In the 100 back, sophomore Renee Deschenes shave a few hundredths of a second off her prelim time to place fifth overall and claim a NCAA B cut (55.06). Earlier in the consolation race, freshman Brooke Waugaman claimed 10th in the event (55.87).

As the lone Panther swimming in the 100 fly tonight, senior Tamara Lelli finished 11th overall in the event (55.67).

In the final event of the night, Deschenes, Dixon, Lelli and Budzis combined for a sixth-place finish as the 400 medley relay team. The squad touched the wall at 3:44.32.

Saturday marks the final day of competition in the Big East Championship. The prelims begin at 10 a.m. and include 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 1650 free.

“We have a great team battle on our hands,” Knoles noted. “Connecticut is not far behind us on the women’s side. Tomorrow should be a good day. We are expecting some great results.”

Current Big East Standings
1. Louisville 539.5
2. Notre Dame 403.5
3. West Virginia 357
4. Pitt 275
5. Connecticut 261
6. Villanova 237.5
7. Rutgers 201.5
8. Cincinnati 186
9. Georgetown 72
10. Seton Hall 70
11. Providence 55

Cam Dixon Eclipsed Her Own Records in the Finals

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