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Swimming and Diving Adds Three More to Already Impressive Class




May 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH--Pitt Swimming and Diving has added three more recruits to their incoming class in Danyel Johnson, Katie Fernander and Jenny Young. The three new recruits will join Tia Van Landeghem, Emily Murphy, Mary Beth Blocher, Amanda Richey, Meme Sharp and Austin Doss as additions to the Panthers' 2014-15 roster.

Johnson joins Pitt as a transfer from St. Francis University.  An accomplished sprinter, Johnson anchored the 200 medley relay in 22.6 seconds at the NEC Championship meet. She also went on to win the 50 freestyle (23.2) at the same meet.  

"We are excited to have Danyel join us as a transfer athlete," Head Coach Chuck Knoles said, "Her talents in the sprints will give us even more depth in the sprint events--a notable strength for our incoming class."

Also joining the Panthers will be Katie Fernander, a local athlete from Hampton High School. Fernander specializes in the Breaststroke and IM events. She was the WPIAL Champion in the 100 breaststroke as well as a silver medalist in the 100 breast (102:.88) at the PIAA "AAA" state meet.

"Being able to add Katie Fernander, a very successful local swimmer to our incoming class will give us an incredibly talented breaststroke corps on our women's team," Knoles said, "She will be a great addition for this coming season."

Young, who comes from the notable Hershey Aquatic Club, will join the Panther's as a sprinter in the freestyle events. Her most recent accomplishments include splitting 23.70 in the 200 freestyle and competing at the PIAA "AAA" state meet.

"We are pleased that Jenny Young, a successful Pennsylvania sprinter will be a Pitt Panther in 2014-15." Knoles said, "Her talents in the sprint events will give us extra options in those events."

The Pitt swimming and diving team is currently participating in summer training in preparation for the upcoming season in the ACC. With the hard work from the current student-athletes and the additions of this remarkable incoming freshmen class, the Panthers will look to have an excellent 2014-2015 season.