April 24, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- Junior Hussein Medhat-Mohamed and freshman Jon Lierley garnered Co-Most Valuable Swimmer accolades during the University of Pittsburgh's men's swimming and diving team's annual end-of-the-season awards banquet, held at the University Club.
Head Swim Coach Chuck Knoles announced that there were two Most Valuable Swimmers, Medhat-Mohamed (Cairo, Egypt/Fork Union Military Acad. Va.) and Lierley (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Mount Pleasant Swim Cl.).
An All-Big East honoree, Medhat-Mohamed assisted the 400 and 800 free relays to school records and NCAA provisional finishes at the 2012 Big East Championship. Individually, Medhat-Mohamed just missed setting a school record in the 200 free with a fifth-place performance at the Big East Championship.
Lierley held the team's fastest time in the 200 fly this season. He recorded a fourth-place and NCAA B cut in the 200 fly (1:46.40) at the Big East Championship. That time eclipsed the previous school record (1:46.72) and the rookie standard.
Earlier, sophomore Aaron Snyder (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) was named the Most Valuable Diver. Snyder earned his first-ever All-Big East honor on the 1M board this past season. He was also sixth overall in the 3M event, improving upon his 15th-place performance in 2011.
Prior to their respective Most Valuable awards, freshman Jack Pidgeon (Great Falls, Va. /Woodberry Forest) was announced as the Most Improved Swimmer, while freshman Harris Bergman (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) was named the Most Improved Diver.
Pidgeon qualified for both the Big East and IC4A Championships in the 100 free and 100 breast events. During the season, he was also a member of the medley and freestyle relays.
On the first day of the conference championships, Bergman turned in a fifth-place performance on the 3M board. Later, he placed third in the exhibition final of the platform board.
Next, senior Rousseau Kluever (Cape Town, South Africa/Rondebosch) was named the Panther Triad Award winner. The recipient of the Panther Triad Award is a student-athlete who best represents Pitt's standards of commitment, teamwork and pride. A two-year team captain, Kluever posted NCAA provisional times in the 200 fly and 400 IM this season.
Moving along, Pierre-Antoine Meunier (Villers-Le-Temple, Belgium/Universite de Liege) was recognized with the Academic Award for the second consecutive season. A 4.0 rehabilitation science major, Meunier anchored the 400 medley relay team to All-Big East honors, while setting a school record with an NCAA provisional time at the 2012 Big East Championships.
The Panthers ended the celebration with a slide show to highlight the 2011-12 season. Pitt finished the year with a 7-4 dual meet record and went 2-2 in Big East action. The squad also set six school records at the Big East Championship, while 10 members of the squad earned All-Big East honors.
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