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Nov. 20, 2011

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh men’s swimming and diving team won its Pitt Invitational held at Trees Pool on Sunday. The Panthers finished the three-day event with 1,148 points ahead of West Virginia (1,009) and Connecticut (896).

“I was pleased with the team’s overall performances,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “The number of season bests recorded was incredible. Our dominance over the other Big East teams was satisfying. This is a good place for us to be at this point in the season.”

Senior Rousseau Kluever finished second in the 200 back with a team season-best of 1:49.76. Swimming alongside Kluever in the finals, freshman Joey Notarianni and junior Adam Maczewski rounded out the top eight in the event.

Improving to second place in the finals of the 200 breast, senior Benjamin Solari shaved nearly five seconds off his previous season best to touch the wall at 2:01.46. Placing third in the finals was freshman Luke Nosbisch, while senior Pierre-Antoine Meunier and sophomore Robert Power were fourth and fifth overall.

In the 200 fly, freshman Jon Lierley posted a season-best 1:48.86 for second overall. Additionally, Kluever claimed third and senior Dawid Goszczycki was seventh.

Competing in the 1650 free for the first time this season, senior Morne Boshoff finished third in the finals after he touched the wall at 15:48.59. Junior Jared Kolwyck finished fourth and Goszczycki claimed 10th overall in the same event.

Four Panthers placed in the finals of the 100 free, as senior Jake Van Roekel, sophomore Alexander Rodenkirk, junior Hussein Medhat and Lierley finished fifth through eight in the race. Van Roekel recorded a team season-best 45.46 in the event.

In the consolation finals of the 100 free, freshman Kourosh Ahani outreached the rest of the field at the wall to win the heat. Ahani placed ninth overall while freshman Austin Caldwell was 11th.

In the final swimming event of the night, the 400 free relay team finished second overall with a season-best performance of 3:02.49. The squad consisted of Rodenkirk, Medhat, Ahani and Van Roekel.

In diving, freshman Harris Bergman finished fifth on the platform board, while junior Erik Moore placed ninth overall.

Up next, the Panthers will host their annual Christmas Meet at Trees Pool Dec. 16-18.

Team Standings
Pitt 1,148
West Virginia 1,009
Connecticut 896
Cincinnati 398
Michigan 262

Men's Swimming and Diving Wins Pitt Invitational

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