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Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

Junior heavyweight Demetrius Thomas currently stands at 9-2 for the 2019 wrestling season.
December 6, 2018
Pitt’s wrestling team recently cracked the top 25 national rankings and new transfer Demetrius Thomas has been a big part of the program’s surge.

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

Pitt alum Joe Prince-Wright currently works at NBC Sports as lead soccer writer and editor.
November 28, 2018
Pitt became the place where former men's soccer player Joe Prince-Wright honed his true passion — journalism — as he earned a double-major in English writing and communication.

Sail to Pitt: PSC thrives on and off campus

Five of the Pitt Sailing Club’s six Flying Junior sailboats pictured at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.
November 15, 2018
Despite the University’s lack of space for boat-based activities, the Pitt Sailing Club is indeed alive and thriving, with a membership of 62 students.

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

Junior Valerie Daigneault competes in the 100-yard fly at the Western PA Invite on Jan. 27.
November 14, 2018
In two and a half seasons at Pitt, Valerie Daigneault has broken six swim team records — four relay events and two solo events. She started this season undefeated through nine races.

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

The Pitt men’s basketball team wore “Stronger than Hate” shirts while warming up before their exhibition match against Pitt-Johnstown.
November 14, 2018
The morning of Oct. 27 seemed like just another Saturday for Pitt’s swimming and diving coach and his two Jewish swimmers. But an evil act quickly turned it into anything but.

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

Sylvia Freeman | Staff Illustrator
October 24, 2018
For these international athletes, one of the biggest changes that came out of moving to the United States was the food. To many, french fries dipped in a Wendy’s frosty is a normal treat. For soccer player Marcony Pimentel, this seemed out of the ordinary — but he loved it.

Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

Attila Domos started handcycling in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 Pittsburgh marathon.
October 23, 2018
Romanian-born Pittsburgh native Attila Domos nearly broke the official world handcycling record recently — but his talents also extend to artistry, authorship and Wii Sports.

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

Jenna Teplitzky, a sophomore history and theater arts major, practices jumps at the Pitt Figure Skating club’s practice Tuesday morning. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Assistant Visual Editor)
October 17, 2018
The Pitt figure skating team is gearing up for its first competition at New York University in November — but just two years ago, there was no team at all.

The life and times of ROC the mascot

Panthers’ mascot ROC dances on Heinz Field during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech Sept. 15, 2018.
October 3, 2018
ROC, a human-sized bipedal Panther, has been at the center of Pitt athletics for more than a century now, bouncing around the field, waving his arms and entertaining fans with his goofy antics and unassailable school spirit.

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

Panther Pitt fans cheer “Let’s go Pitt” while “Sweet Caroline” played during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech Sept. 15.
October 3, 2018
Just like any great idea Pitt students have, the school’s most beloved tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” was born at Hemingway’s Cafe, in 2008.
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