Dec. 4, 2013
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Pittsburgh will send 18 men and ten women from the University of Pittsburgh swimming teams will represent the Panthers this weekend at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships hosted by the University of Tennessee.
Not just limited to NCAA participants, Pitt will be swimming against some of the top talent in the world, including Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, along with the top high school and club swimmers in the country.
The Pitt student-athletes swimming this weekend for the men are: Kourosh Ahani, Mark Cooney, Ryan Hausler, Sean Heiden, Gabe Larson, Jon Lierley, Zach Lierley, Luke Nosbisch, Joey Notarianni, Connor O'Prey, Mack Rice, Alex Rodenkirk, Scott Simmer, David Sweeney, Matthew Tankle, Jake Tovey, Martin Vogel and Avery Warrington. While the ten women heading to Knoxville include: Kinga Cichowska, Cam Dixon, Veronica Lee, Lauren Matevish, Melissa Pocsai, Kaleigh Ritter, Tatyanna Sarjeant, Dani des Tombe, Brooke Waugaman and Blair Wegescheide.
Cichowska headlines the field for Pitt as she enters the meet with the fifth fastest collegiate time this season in the 200-yard breaststroke. Highlighting the men’s side Zach Lierley currently ranks sixth in the ACC with a time of 3:52.07.
Zach Lierley will also enter the 400 IM seeded with the 35th fastest collegiate time this season, while Wegescheide ranks nationally in the 100-yard backstroke with the 43rd best collegiate time.
Action at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center is set to begin Thursday, December 5 at 9 a.m., and will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 7.