May 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Head swimming and diving coach Chuck Knoles has announced the 2013-14 schedule for Pitt’s inaugural year in the ACC on Wednesday afternoon.
“Moving into the ACC for swimming and diving almost feels like coming home as we will be competing against some of the best teams in the country,” Knoles said. “The ACC will be a step up for us across the board and should prove to be a motivator for our athletes and coaches to perform at even a higher level.”
The annual Blue/Gold intrasquad meet is set for Friday, October 18, and then the Panthers hit the road with two away meets to open the season. The first meet will take place in Olean, N.Y. against St. Bonaventure on Oct. 19, and Pitt will then head to Lewisburg, Pa. the following weekend for a dual meet at Bucknell (Oct. 26).
The Panthers will swim against their first two ACC opponents on Nov. 9 when Pitt hosts Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at Trees Pool. After a weekend off, Trees Pool will host the Pitt Invitational which will feature at least six teams and could have up to eight.
December is a relatively quiet month for competition with Winters Break and the annual Training Trip taking up most of the month, but 15 men and 15 women will compete at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn., from Dec. 5-7.
After break, the Panthers return to the pool on Jan. 11 with the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia which will be held in Morgantown, W.Va. The following weekend, Pitt will host a quad meet with Villanova, Denison and one other team to be named at a later date.
Senior Day is set for February 1 when the Panthers host the Western Pennsylvania Invitational. Pitt will swim against Clarion, Carnegie Mellon, Cal U and Grove City.
There will be no better way to tune up for the ACC Championship Meets than concluding the season at Virginia. The Cavaliers are winners of the last six-consecutive ACC Conference Championships Meets.
Greensboro, N.C. will be the site of the both the men’s and the women’s ACC Championships. The women’s meet is scheduled for Feb. 19-22, while the men’s meet will run from Feb. 26 – March 1.
For those who have not qualified for the NCAA Championships, they will have one final shot on March 9th as Ohio State will host a Last Chance Meet. The NCAA Women’s National Championship Meet is scheduled for March 20-22 at the University of Minnesota, while the NCAA Men’s National Championship Meet is March 27-29 at the University of Texas.