Feb. 23, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team turned in solid showings on the final day of ACC competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Kaleigh Ritter set the seventh school record of the week on Saturday night, and the team finished eighth overall in the ACC.
“Any time you walk into a conference as powerful as the ACC, and are picked tenth when coming into one of the strongest conferences and move up two spots from that it really shows the work ethic and tenacity of the ladies,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said.
“We set so many lifetime best this week and set seven school records after we already broke six in the fall so it makes this all even more exciting. I think we represented the University of Pittsburgh well and I’m really proud of these women and how they performed this week.”
The women started out strong in the preliminaries on Saturday morning with six swimmers moving on to the bonus finals later that evening, and two women advancing to second swims in the consol finals. In the 1650 free, Kaleigh Ritter highlighted for the Panthers swimming in the final heat of the 1650, going out in record setting fashion with 9:50.00 in the 1000 free, and finishing sixth overall with a 1650 time of 16.17.84.
In the 200 breast, Veronica Lee (2:14.24) and Kinga Cichowska (2:15.78) swam fast enough to compete in the consol finals, while Cam Dixon (2:16.50) qualified for the bonus final. Lee and Cichowska both improved upon their previous times in the finals with Lee going a 2:13.61, while Cichowska knocked off 0.97 from her prelim time.
Dani des Tombe made her mark in the 100 free, swimming a lifetime best by going 50.48 in the bonus final, improving upon her prelim time by 3-tenths of a second. In the 200 fly prelims, Athena Summa made a bonus final of her own in the 200 fly event with a time of 2:03.77.
Blair Wegescheide (1:58.95), Brook Waugaman (1:59.74) and Tatyanna Sarjeant’s (1:59.85) performances also qualified them for the bonus final swim on Saturday night in the 200 back.
In the women’s platform, Rachel Saunders and Sam Winkelmann both set lifetime bests on the boards. Saunders impressed with a season high of 223.20, scoring 33.85 higher than her last platform performance at the Pitt Invitational this season. Winkelmann scored a total of 192.90, improving upon her previous best of 183.60 also set at the Pitt Invite.
Next up for the Panthers is the men’s ACC Championships starting on Wednesday, February 26 and ECAC Championships next weekend. For the latest on both championships, make sure to follow @PittSwimAndDive or ‘like us’ on Facebook under Pitt Swimming and Diving.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1. University of Virginia 1433
2. University of North Carolina 1205
3. Florida State University 972
4. North Carolina State Universit 950
5. Virginia Tech 914.5
6. Notre Dame, University of 802
7. Duke University 592
8. Pittsburgh, University of 474.5
9. Miami University of (Florida) 470.5
10. Georgia Institute of Technolog 311.5
11. Boston College 162
12. Clemson University 66
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1. Virginia Tech 205
2. Florida State University 169
3. Miami University of (Florida) 156
4. Duke University 125
5. University of Virginia 102
6. University of North Carolina 98
7. Notre Dame, University of 78
8. Pittsburgh, University of 75
9. Georgia Institute of Technolog 55
10. North Carolina State Universit 23