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Sept. 12, 2013

PITTSBURGH – For the second straight academic year, the University of Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team has claimed the ‘Battle of the Panthers’ title.

The ‘Battle of the Panthers’ team competition encourages group participation in many of the programs, events and workshops organized by the Cathy & John Pelusi Life Skills Program. This initiative focuses on the overall personal growth and development of all Pitt student-athletes, while promoting healthy competition amongst all Pitt athletic teams.

“The ‘Battle of the Panthers’ takes our student-athletes natural competitive spirit to fuel participation in their personal development,” Assistant Athletic Director of Student Life Penny Semaia said.

Pitt teams are tracked on the following categories: academic success, athletic excellence, community service, leadership development and ‘above & beyond.’ They are able to earn points based on the following grading criteria:

Academic Achievement:

  • Team with most improved GPA – 25 points.
  • Men’s and women’s team with the highest team GPA – 100 points.
  • Team with highest overall GPA – 25 points.
  • Any 4.0 student-athlete – 10 points.

Athletic Achievement:

  • Panther Pride Performances – Support at other teams sporting events (75% of team in attendance – 100 points; 50% of team in attendance – 50 points; 25% of team in attendance – 25 points).
  • If a team wins an ACC Championship – 100 points.
  • If a team wins a National Championship – 200 points.

Community Service:

  • Each team is encouraged to do at least two community service events per year.
  • 75% of team in attendance – 100 points; 50% of team in attendance – 50 points; 25% of team in attendance – 25 points.

Leadership Development:

  • SAAC – Five points deducted if a SAAC member misses a monthly meeting.
  • PLA – Individuals will receive five points if in attendance at each monthly meeting.
  • PLAC – Individual will receive five points if in attendance at the 2013 conference.

Above & Beyond:

  • SAAC or student-athlete driven team activities that fall outside of the areas outlined about may also qualify for bonus points in this category.

The team with the highest point total at the end of the academic year will be deemed champions.

Now entering its fifth year in existence, the ‘Battle of the Panthers’ has been awarded to the men’s or women’s swimming & diving team three of the four years. The men’s team won the inaugural crown, and the women’s swimming & diving team has now captured the title in back-to-back years (Women’s soccer won the award in year two).

“Having our ladies win this battle in back-to-back years by combining academics, community outreach and inter-team support says a lot about their dedication to being a big part of the Pitt Panther family. I am very proud of them,” head coach Chuck Knoles said.

The Panthers begin their season on Oct.19 when Pitt heads to Olean, N.Y. to swim against St. Bonaventure.  

Women's Swimming and Diving Wins Second Straight `Battle of the Panthers'

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