Oct. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kick off the 2012-13 campaign this Saturday as the Panthers ‘Pink the Pool’ against St. Bonaventure at Trees Pool.
Both the Panthers and the Bonnies will participate in the fight against breast cancer as the two teams will sport pink swim caps. Pittsburgh’s caps will be available to purchase and that money will be donated to the Susan. G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. There will also be a representative from the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the meet and fans will be able to make donations to the cause.
The women’s squad returns 25 student-athletes from last year’s team that finished with an 8-6 record. The men have 15 returners from a 7-4 campaign in 2011-12. Both sides added 11 newcomers to the mix.
Seniors Joanna Budzis and Kelsey Herbst lead the way for the women. Budzis, the reigning Team MVP, had two NCAA Provisional times last season and she is the school record holder in the 400 IM. Herbst posted the fastest times on the team last season in the 200, 500, 1,000 and the 1,650 Free, while she owns the school record in the 500 Free.
On the board, junior Leigh Waltz and sophomore Angelika McGhee both qualified for the NCAA Diving Zone Meet last year, while McGhee placed 13th in the 1M at Zones.
On the men’s side, Co-MVP’s Hussein Medhat-Mohamed and Jon Lierley, along with ECAC Champion Adam Mazcewski, anchor the swimmers. Lierley is fresh off competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 fly, the event in which he set a school record as a freshman last year.
Senior Eric Moore and junior Aaron Snyder are back to lead the divers. Snyder placed 2nd last season at the Big East Championship Meet in the 1M, while Moore had a top-5 finish in the 3M at that same meet.
The diving competition on Saturday begins at 11 a.m., while the swimmers take the pool one hour later at Noon. Fans can receive live Twitter updates throughout the meet by following @pittswimanddive.