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Oct. 25, 2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Coming off victories at St. Bonaventure to open the season, the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for a dual meet with Bucknell on Saturday at 1 p.m.


The women’s team opened the season in dominant fashion, defeating the Bonnies 225-75. Pitt won 14 of the 16 events, including going 1-2-3 in seven of those events. Dani des Tombe led the way by winning four event (two relays, two individual), while Tatyanna Sarjeant, Kaleigh Ritter and freshmen Kinga Cichowska, Melissa Pocsai and Athena Summa also had strong showings.

The men’s meet was a little more closely contested as Pitt came back from an early deficit to defeat the defending A-10 champs by a score of 186-114. Junior Luke Nosbisch and freshman Scott Simmer each won two events, and as a whole the men won eight swimming events and both diving events.


The Panthers set two Reilly Pool records at St. Bonaventure last weekend in a pool that has been established since 1965.

Junior Kourosh Ahani, Pitt’s top male swimmer, maintained his 100 fly collegiate unblemished record and set the Reilly Pool record with a time of 49.77. In the final swimming event of the day for the women, the team of des Tombe, Jessica Nederlanden, Alexandra Iwanicki and Pocsai established a new pool record in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.45.


The Panthers took first place in both the 1M and the 3M competition on the men’s and women’s side, and they went 1-2-3 in three of the four events. For the women, Tori Brungo led the Panthers on the 1M with a score of 248.39, while Rachel Saunders took the 3M by posting a 250.95.

Harris Bergman captured the 1M for the men with a mark of 301.12, while Aaron Snyder won the 3M with a 303.75.


The Panthers will open their home schedule by hosting its first ever ACC opponents in Notre Dame and Virginia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 9. It will also be the team’s annual “Pink the Pool” promotion. The time of that meet is still TBA.

Swimming and Diving Heads to Bucknell on Saturday

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