Aug 29, 2013
It started with a dual meet against Princeton University 100 years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of student-athletes to come through the program, but one thing that has remained constant during the century of existence for the University of Pittsburgh men's swimming and diving program, and that is the sustained excellence it has exemplified during that stretch.
Princeton won that inaugural meet against the Panthers, but since then Pitt has gathered more than 500 victories along the way. It's fitting that Pitt will celebrate its first season in the ACC, one of the top swimming and diving conference in the country, while honoring its rich history that spans a century.
The women's program will also recognize a benchmark milestone as this marks the 40th season in the pool for the Panthers. In their 40 years, the women's program has won 66 percent of their swim meets and has amassed an overall record of 284-142. Together, the men and the women take 28 Big East team titles with them to the ACC.
"Celebrating a century's worth of anything is a unique experience, but to be the head coach of swimming and diving while we celebrate 100 years of men's swimming and diving at Pitt is truly an honor," head swimming and diving coach Chuck Knoles said. "Added to this milestone we also celebrate the 40th year of women's swimming and diving with Pitt leading the way in the 1970's by offering some of the first women's collegiate scholarships in our sport. The 2013-14 season will be a banner year for Pitt swimming and diving.
The anticipation is high for the 2013-14 campaign. Not only do the Panthers return a host a veterans, including top male swimmers Kourosh Ahani, Jon Lierley, Mack Rice, Aaron Snyder (Diver) and David Sweeney Jr., along with top females Dani des Tombe, Renee Deschenes, Cam Dixon and Veronica Lee, this year's recruiting class is one of the most highly touted in recent history.
The schedule is also one that will ignite some energy into the Pittsburgh swimming faithful. After opening the season on the road at St. Bonaventure and Bucknell, Pitt will welcome its first ever ACC opponents into Trees Pool when Notre Dame and Virginia Tech come calling on November 9.
The ACC Women's Championship Meet is scheduled for February 19-22, while the men's meet will be held February 26-March 1. Both will take place in Greensboro, N.C. The season's worth of work will culminate for the women at the NCAA National Championship Meet hosted by Minnesota from March 20-22, while the men's NCAA National Championship Meet is set for March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.