Aug. 1, 2013
At the Big East Championships in March, Veronica Lee broke teammate Cam Dixon’s school record for the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:12.93. Yesterday, she did something else that a University of Pittsburgh swimmer has not done in quite some time; she placed in the finals for a national level meet.
Lee, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, swam yesterday in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Irvine, California. The U.S. Open is currently hosting 1,000 swimmers from around the world, including two-time Olympians Cullen Jones and Amanda Weir and other Olympic medalists Tyler McGill, Lia Neal and Haley Anderson.
Lee placed third in the C Final in the 200 breaststroke, good for 19th overall out of the 57 swimmers that participated in the event. She swam a time of 2:32.82, which was better than her time in the preliminary race. At the U.S. Open, the times are in Long Course Meters, indicating the pool length is 50 meters long, which explains the disparity between this time and her school record time (which was in a pool 25 yards long).
Also in the event was Dixon. She placed 53rd in the preliminaries and did not make it to the finals amidst some of the best swimmers in the world.
Lee and Dixon represented the University of Pittsburgh at the U.S. Open, where fellow ACC member North Carolina and future ACC member Louisville were also in attendance.
Pitt’s swimming coach Chuck Knoles said of Lee’s accomplishment, “We are excited about the work Veronica did this summer in preparation for the US Open. Her work has paid off in getting her into the finals in the 200 breast.”