July 29, 2014
Eastern Zone Results | Western Zone Results
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Competing at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. from July 24-27, members of the Pitt swimming & diving team helped their club win the 2014 Eastern Zone Super Sectional Championship.
In addition to winning the event for combined score, Panther assistant head coach Jeff Berghoff's club team also took the top spot on both the men's and women's sides. The two squads combined to score 871 points - more than 250 points in front of the runner up. The women repeated as champions while the men improved from fifth. The combined teams finished in second last summer.
In all, 18 Panther swimmers scored points in the four-day affair. Team Pittsburgh took first in nine of 34 events - four individuals and five relay teams. Among those individuals was rising senior Luke Nosbisch, who was the men's high point winner. Nosbisch raced to four first place finishes - two individual and two relays - in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter and 800-meter free relays, in addition to a runner up finish in the 200-meter individual medley.
Joining Nosbisch on the winning 800 free relay team were teammates Jon Lierley, Martin Vogel and David Sweeney Jr.
Lierley, who had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter fly, was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay first place team. In addition to coming in first in two relays, Sweeney owned the freestyle event, taking first in the 200-meter free, second in the 50-meter free and third in the 100-meter free. Individually, Vogel had three top-five placements, claiming second in the 200-meter fly and fourth in both the 200-meter IM and 100-meter fly.
On the women's side, Dani des Tombe had a strong showing over the weekend, earning seven top-10 results, with a pair of top finishes in the 800-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay. Her best individual performance was third in the 50-meter free. Distance swimmer Kaleigh Ritter was the remaining individual winner, taking home first in the 1,500-meter free while placing second in the 800-meter free and fifth in the 400-meter free. Last year, Ritter represented Pitt at the NCAA Championship in the 1,650 and 500 freestyles as a sophomore.
Rising seniors Brooke Waugaman and Cam Dixon also swam well in their respective disciplines. Waugaman was fourth in the 200-meter back and ninth in the 100-meter back while Dixon was second in the 200-meter breast and ninth in the 100-meter breast. Both were members of the first place 400-meter medley relay squad.
Rounding out the top performances were Tatyanna Sarjeant and Bethany DeWitt, who both swam legs of the 800-meter free relay.
Four more swimmers competed in the Western Sectionals earlier this month hosted by Mt. Hood Aquatics in Oregon from July 15-19. Senior captain Joey Notarianni was involved in nine top-10 finishes - five of them coming as an individual. Notarianni placed third and fourth in the 200-meter back and 100-meter back, respectively, and was fifth in the 200-meter free.
Incoming freshman Amanda Richey dominated the distance freestyle races, culminating with a first place finish in the 1,500-meter free. Richey also grabbed third in the 400-meter free and fourth in the 800-meter free. Women's swimmers Alexandra Iwanicki and Charlene Yuan participated in the sectionals, each helping their respective clubs to seventh place finishes in relay events.