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Feb. 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH—Freshman Cam Dixon set the school record in the 200 breast and assisted the University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Big East Championship held at Trees Pool.

Pitt improved upon its fifth-place performance from 2011. The Panthers scored 375.5 points in the meet, trailing behind Louisville (758.5), Notre Dame (593.5) and West Virginia (524).

“We had a great meet on both the men’s and women’s side,” Pitt head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We set a ton of school records and several members of the squad posted NCAA provisional times. We also had a finalist in just about every event.”

The Panthers broke four school records during the meet, including Dixon (100 & 200 breast) and juniors Joanna Budzis (400 IM) and Kelsey Herbst (500 free). Additionally, freshman Dani des Tombe bested the 50 free rookie standard.

Dixon captured her school record with a NCAA provisional finish of 2:14.78, which shattered the time set by Laura Barnes at the 2009 conference meet (2:15.29). Swimming in the consolation final, sophomore Veronica Lee tied for 11th in the 200 breast (2:15.87).

Budzis recorded a NCAA B cut in the 200 back with a fifth-place finish of 1:58.30. She improved upon her sixth-place effort from last season. Moments earlier, freshman Kelsey Williams swam in the consolation heat and moved from 16th in the prelims to 12th overall in the event (2:01.33).

In the 1,650 free, Herbst finished fifth with a season-best 16:32.87. Sophomores Lauren Matevish and Julie Harrison placed 10th and 13th overall, respectively, in the same event.

Herbst was also the first leg of the 400 free relay team that earned a NCAA provisional finish of 3:23.48. Herbst combined with des Tombe, Dixon and Budzis for the fifth-place performance.

Individually, des Tombe placed 11th in the 100 free (51.04), while freshman Emily Bolek improved upon her prelim finish of 15th to claim 11th in tonight’s 200 fly finals.

Big East Standings
1. Louisville 758.5
2. Notre Dame 593.5
3. West Virginia 524
4. Pitt 375.5
5. Villanova 368.5
6. Connecticut 350
7. Cincinnati 254.5
8. Rutgers 247.5
9. Georgetown 86
10. Seton Hall 82
11. Providence 73

Women's Swimming and Diving Finishes Fourth at the Big East Championship

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