April 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams held their annual awards banquet this past Saturday, April 6., as outstanding swimmers and divers from both teams were honored for their performances both in the pool and the classroom.
The award banquet was the culmination of one of the most successful years in recent memory. The men posted a record of 7-2, while the women were 7-3. The men’s side crowed three individual Big East Champions, while 16 school records fell at the championship meet between the men and the women. To cap things off, Kelsey Herbst for the women and Kourosh Ahani for the men both swam at the NCAA National Championship Meet.
Senior Kelsey Herbst was selected as the Most Valuable Swimmer for the women’s team. Her strong distance performances, eleven individual event victories, and leadership, combined with her first career appearance in the women’s NCAA Championship Meet made her an easy choice for the honor. Herbst will graduate from Pitt as the school’s all-time record holder in the 500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyles.
On the men’s side, freshman David Sweeney Jr. was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer. The 2012-13 campaign saw him win eleven individual events and take part in another eleven relay victories en route to being the top point-getter for the Panthers. Sweeney Jr. posted Pitt’s top-times in the 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 yard freestyle events.
Finishing first in three events and consistently competing well all season, sophomore Angelika McGhee was chosen as the women’s Most Valuable Diver. Freshman Blair Wegescheide’s stretch of success toward the end of the 2012-13 season earned her the title of Most Improved women’s swimmer.
Connor O’Prey, also a freshman, was chosen as the men’s Most Improved Swimmer after swimming in two first place relay finishes in the 2012-13 season. Junior Aaron Snyder, who took eleven first place finishes in the 1 and 3 meter dives this season, was selected as the Most Valuable Diver for the men’s squad. Snyder captured the men’s 3M Big East Championship title. Tyler Matheny, who frequently finished close behind Snyder, was named Most Improved Diver. Similarly, sophomore Alec Sheaffer was selected as the women’s Most Improved Diver.
Jared Kolwyck capped off his senior season by being chosen as the season’s Panther Triad Award winner for displaying and embodying Pitt’s values of commitment, teamwork, and pride. Fellow senior Adam Maczewski took the team’s academic award. Earlier in the year, Maczewski was honored as the American Eagle Outfitters Big East Male Institutional Scholar Athlete. Senior Joanna Budzis was awarded the women’s Panther Triad award. Finally, sophomore freestyler Lauren Mills was selected as the team’s outstanding academic performer.
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