May 23, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- Several members of the University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving team will compete in the sixth-annual, three-day Erik Namesnik Memorial Swim Meet/Senior Circuit hosted by Allegheny Mountain Swimming at Joe C. Trees Pool this weekend. Action begins Friday, May 25 and runs through Sunday, May 27.
Prelims for the meet are set for 9 a.m., while the finals start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.
Pitt's swimmers who will compete include: Joanna Budzis, Dani des Tombe, Kelsey Herbst, Veronica Lee, Nina Lisella, Lauren Matevish, Lauren Mills, Tatyanna Sarjeant, Yolandi Van Der Merwe and Brooke Waugaman on the women's side and Jon Lierley, Hussein Medhat-Mohamed, Luke Nosbisch and Alexander Rodenkirk for the men. Several of the participating student-athletes are attempting to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials scheduled for June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
Sanctioned by USA Swimming and Allegheny Mountain Swimming, the event has been named in honor of Eric Namesnik. As a result, $1.00 from every entry fee will be donated to "Snik's Kids fund."
A Butler, Pa. native, Namesnik earned Olympic silver medals in the 400 IM in both 1992 and 1996. He was ranked first in the world in the 400 IM in both 1991 and 1993 after he became the first American swimmer to finish the event in less than 4:15. Namesnik broke the American record four times and won eight national titles while leading Michigan to four Big Ten Championships (1989-1993). Namesnik served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 1997-2004, where he helped develop 11 Olympians.
Namesnik would later serve as coach of the Wolverine Aquatics Club in Michigan until he was fatally injured in a car accident in 2006.
Below is the schedule of events for the meet:
Friday, May 25
4x200 free relay
Saturday, May 26
4x100 medley relay
Sunday, May 27
4x100 free relay