Pittsburgh Panthers Gain Men’s and Women’s Wins Over Syracuse

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 1. UNIVERSITY of Pittsburgh sources reported wins this past weekend for both their men and their women swimming and diving teams over Big East foe Syracuse.


The No. 17-ranked Pittsburgh men’s swimming and diving team defeated Syracuse, 177-66, for a conference win at Trees Pool on Saturday morning.

The Panthers dominated the pool with 12 wins in their first Big East meet this season, including two wins apiece from senior diver Devin Aikins (York, Pa./ Southern Illinois University), freshman distance freestyler Chris George (Jacksonville, Fla./ The Bolles School), junior backstroker/ freestyler/ butterfly Eric Bugby (Easton, Pa./ Notre Dame) and junior butterfly/ freestyler Jason Miller (Mechanicsburg, Pa./ Cumberland Valley).

Aikins won both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions with scores of 292.95 and 336.83 points.

George was the winner of the 1000 freestyle, touching in with a first-place time of 9:37.44, more than eleven seconds faster than his nearest competitor, senior Hannes Kohnke (Malmo, Sweden/Borgarskolan). George also took first place in the 500 freestyle with a final time of 4:39.40.

Bugby placed first in the 50 freestyle (21.56 seconds), 100 freestyle (46.89 seconds) and teamed with junior Tommy Bird (Charleston, W.Va. / Capital), freshman Warren Barnes (Pickering, Ontario/ Dunbarton) and Miller to take first with a time of 3:25.54 in the 400 medley relay to open the meet up.

Miller was an individual winner in the 200 individual medley, with a time of 1:55.46, as well as the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:53.05. Barnes placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.40.

Other winners for the Panthers in the morning were sophomore Jeff Leath (Mechanicsville, Va./ New Community) who got first place with a time of 1:51.39 in the 200 backstroke, and teamed with Bird, senior Michael Hand (Bethel Park, Pa./ Bethel Park) and junior Darryl Washington (Aldan, Pa./ Penn Wood) to finish the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

Pittsburgh men will take on Michigan State at Notre Dame on November 12 at 5:00 p.m.


The Pittsburgh women’s swimming and diving team won its first Big East match against Syracuse, 170-73, at Trees Pool.

Included in the Panthers victories were three individual wins by sophomore freestyle/IM specialist Kathy Siuda (Waterloo, Ontario/ Bluvale Collegiate) and two individual wins apiece by junior freestyler/ backstroker Kelly Redcay (Reading, Pa./ Wilson) and junior diver Colleen Kristobak (Bethel Park, Pa./ Bethel Park).

Siuda was the winner of the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:20.11, as well as the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.52, and also, finishing first in the 500 freestyle at 5:02.40.

Redcay finished the 50 freestyle with a final time of 24.27 seconds, just .02 seconds ahead of second place winner freshman Kelly O’Hara (Voorhees, N.J./Timber Creek). Redcay placed first in the 100 freestyle at 52.64 seconds, and also teamed with sophomore Andrea Shoust (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/White Pines C & VS), O’Hara, and freshman Kimmie Baird (Upper Dublin, Pa./Upper Dublin) to take first in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing with at 3:35.70.

Kristobak won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions for the Panthers, scoring 270.53 on the 1-meter board and 296.03 on the 3-meter board.

Shoust performed well with teammate’s sophomore Lindsey Tiberio (Connellsville, Pa. / Greensburg Central Catholic), senior Jen Koch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) and sophomore Kristin Brown (Berlin, Pa. / Bermudian Springs) to touch in with a first-place time of 3:50.64 in the 400 medley relay. Shoust also placed first in the 200 backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:04.25, to help bring the Panthers (2-0) to their second defeat in the season.

Brown also assisted with a first place win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.32, almost two whole seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

The Lady Panthers will take on Michigan State at Notre Dame on November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

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