Dec. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – As the Panthers are in Florida for their annual training trip, they look ahead to the second part of their season starting on January 12th with a home meet against West Virginia. Pitt hopes to continue its momentum that it built after a stellar opening half of the schedule.
Both the men and the women are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Big East action. Both squads defeated St. Bonaventure and Cincinnati, and lost to nationally ranked opponents Virginia and Notre Dame. After a phenomenal weekend at the Pitt Invitational, both teams cracked the national rankings according to the CollegeSwimming.com Performance Poll as the men checked in at No. 16 and the women were No. 23.
Senior Adam Maczewski currently owns the fastest 100 Yard Backstroke time in the Big East and the 23rd fastest time in the nation after posting a 47.59 at Pitt Invitational. The Warsaw, Poland native is still undefeated in that event at Pittsburgh. He also has the fourth fastest 200 Yard Backstroke time in conference.
Sophomore Kourosh Ahani has recorded the conference’s second fastest time in the 100 Fly with a 48.29 at the Pitt Invitational. Like Maczewski, Ahani has never lost that event at a dual meet.
Freshman Mack Rice set a school record in the 200IM at the Pitt Invitational in a time of 1:48.92 and is currently the fourth fastest Big East swimmer in that event. Jon Lierley and Martin Vogel own the fourth and fifth fastest times in the 200 fly, respectively.
Sophomore Luke Nosbisch has the league’s third fastest 500 Freestyle time (4:29.30), while freshman David Sweeney Jr. is in the top 10 for three freestyle events, highlighted by ranking fifth in the 200 Free.
Nationally, the Pitt 800 Freestyle Relay team has the 24th fastest time (6:36.18), the 30th best 200 Freestyle Relay time (1:30.29) and the 31st best 400 Medley Relay time (3:17.20).
Herbst has the team’s fastest times in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 Freestyle events. She ranks third in conference in the 500 Free (4:48.51), fourth in the 1,650 (16:44.90) and sixth in the both the 200 and the 1,000 (1:49.61 and 10:11.21).
Budzis ranks in the top five for both the 200 and the 400IM and has swum Pitt’s fastest times this season in both events. Deschenes is fifth in the 200 Back and is also in the top 10 for the 100 back in the Big East, while des Tombe (50 Free) and Lee (200 Fly) rank in the top 10 as well.
The women’s 800 Freestyle Relay team of Herbst, Van Der Merwe, des Tombe and Budzis own the nation’s 30th fastest time, posting a 7:20.21 at the Pitt Invitational.
Pitt resumes action against the Mountaineers at Trees Pool on January 12th at 11 a.m. Two weeks later, the Panthers travel to Villanova for a two day event.
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