Feb. 25, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh men's swimming team is heading to Greensboro on Tuesday for the 2014 Men's ACC Swimming Championships. The meet will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center beginning Wednesday, February 26 and concludes Saturday, March 1. The action is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with the men's relay finals.
At last year's Big East Championships, the men's team placed third overall, but this year the Panthers will make their debut at the ACC Championships. The University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving competed last week where they finished eighth overall in the ACC and broke seven school records. The men will look to continue the Panthers’ success at this week’s conference championships.
The divers already contributed their efforts on the men’s side, earning 75 total points, which will be added to the Pitt men’s overall score on the final day of competition this Saturday. Harris Bergman, Tony Galante, Jacob Lenhart and Aaron Snyder finished eighth overall for the men, only three points shy of seventh place behind Notre Dame.
Men Swimmers to Watch:
Sophomore David Sweeney will lead the way for the men’s team as he is ranked in four events in the ACC. Sweeney is 14th in the ACC in both the 100 and 200 free. He is next ranked 19th in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.07 set at this season’s AT&T Winter Nationals. Sweeney will also enter the conference championships ranked 22nd in the 50 free.
Also standing out for the men is freshman Zach Lierley. In the ACC rankings, he is sixth and the current school record holder in the 400 IM after swimming a 3:50.37 at the Winter Nationals. Sophomore Martin Vogel follows close behind, sitting eighth overall in the same event. Lierley and Vogel will look to improve their ACC standings in more than the 400 IM. Lierley currently sits at 20 in the 200 back, while Vogel enters 12th in the ACC for the 200 fly.
Junior Kourosh Ahani will also enter the championships ranked 15th in the 100 fly in the ACC. Ahani looks to repeat last year’s success from the Big East Championships when he set the Panthers current school record in the 100 fly by going 46.74.
Freshman Scott Simmer will lead the way in the distance events as he is ranked 18th in the 1000 free and tenth overall in the 1650 free. The men will kick off ACC’s with the relay events on Wednesday night where they currently rank sixth in the 800 free relay, and seventh in the 200 free relay and in the 400 medley relay.
Fans can watch the Men’s Swimming ACC Championships finals live, and follow updates @PittSwimandDive on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Swimming and Diving for the latest information on preliminaries and final events.
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