Feb. 18, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh women's swimming and diving team is heading to Greensboro on Tuesday for the 2014 Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The men's diving team will also be competing this week. The meet will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center beginning Wednesday, February 19 and concludes Saturday, February 22. The action is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with the women's relay finals.
At last year's Big East Championships, the men's and women's team placed third overall, but this year the Panthers will make their debut at the ACC Championships. The University of Pittsburgh men's swimming team will have to wait until the following week to compete. The 2014 Men's Swimming Championships is set for February 26 through March 1.
Divers to Watch:
Senior Aaron Snyder holds Pitt's top score in the men's 3M and second in the 1M boards. Snyder posted a 342.23 on the 3M at Bucknell in late October, while his score of 337.60 on the 1M was later recorded at the Pitt Invite in November. Last year, the senior diver received All-Big East honors with his first place finish on the 3M diving board, scoring 338.30 points to bring home the win. Snyder will look to end his career in winning fashion at the ACC Championships.
Freshmen Tony Galante and Rachel Saunders also look to impress in their first collegiate championship. Galante holds Pitt's top overall score in the men's platform dive and third in the 1M board. The freshman diver scored 316.15 at the Pitt Invitational in late November, and recorded a 336.45 at Virginia early this month.
For the women, Saunders has dominated the boards. The freshman sensation currently owns Pitt's top three scores in the 1M, 3M and the platform. Saunders posted season-highs of 278.20 in the 1M at the Western Pa. Invite, 276.90 in the 3M at Virginia and 189.35 on the platform dive at the Pitt Invite.
Women Swimmers to Watch:
Sophomore Kaleigh Ritter will lead the way for the women's team as she is ranked in one event nationally and three events in the ACC. Ritter is 18th in the nation and third in the ACC in the 1650 free with a time of 16:15.02 set at this season's AT&T Winter Nationals. Ritter is also ranked tenth in the 500 free and 14th in the 1000 free in the ACC. For Pitt, she currently holds two school records in the 1000 and 1650, which were both set at the 2013 Winter Nationals.
Also standing out for the women is senior Veronica Lee. In the ACC rankings, she is sixth in the 200 breast and 14th in the 200 IM. Lee assisted in posting a school record in the 200 medley relay at last year's Big East Championships. Freshman Kinga Cichowska will also enter the championships ranked fifth in the 200 breast and seventh in the 100 breast in the ACC. The freshman swimmer already has three schools records in the 100 and 200 breast as well as a member of the 400 medley relay.
The women rank fifth in the 400 medley relay, and eighth in the 200, 400 and 800 free relay, and as well as the 200 medley relay.
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