Oct. 20, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving team opens its 2011-12 season with two meets in New York this weekend. Action begins against Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 21 (5 p.m.) at the Alumni Arena Natatorium. Pitt then travels to the Reilly Center to compete against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Oct. 22 (11 a.m.).
The Panthers hosted their annual Blue-Gold meet last Friday. Several freshmen turned in strong performances as the 200 medley relay team of freshman Joey Notarianni, sophomore Robert Power, freshman Kourosh Ahani and sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk turned in a first-place performance of 1:34.91.
Freshmen claiming gold in individual events included Austin Caldwell in the 100 free (21.26), Jon Lierley in the 200 free (1:43.61), Tyler Matheny on the 1M board (291.60 points) and Ahani in the 100 fly (50.14).
On the women’s side, the winning 200 medley relay team consisted of freshmen Renee Deschenes, Sarah Zetlmeisl, Kelsey Williams and Cam Dixon, who touched the wall at 1:51.29.
Additionally, both Dani des Tombe and Tatyanna Sarjeant earned first-place finishes in multiple individual events. des Tombe won the 50 free (24.80) and 200 free (1:54.78), while Sarjeant was first in the 200 IM (2:10.12) and 200 back (2:04.89).
Last season was the first time Pitt faced Buffalo in program history. The women’s team was victorious (165.5-77.5), but the men were handed a loss (127-116) in the contest. Pitt has been successful against St. Bonaventure, earning a pair of wins in each meeting dating back to the 1995-96 season.