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Senior Michaela Burton holds the highest individual scores for the season on both bars and beam with a 9.850 and 9.925, respectively, and she has earned 10 individual event titles so far.

AAI Award nominee Michaela Burton leads Pitt gymnasts

By Hope Matyas, For the Pitt News February 20, 2020
Since the beginning of the 2020 competitive season, Michaela Burton has been a high-scoring all-around anchor for Pitt’s team.
Junior Blaise Vera holds Pitt’s school records in the 50- and 100-yard, as well as the 100-yard butterfly.

Vera headlines progress of Pitt swimmers

By Henry Jackson, For the Pitt News January 22, 2020
The Pitt men’s swim team brought back nearly every member of last year’s record setting group, including speedster Blaise Vera — who at one point this season held the national 50-yard freestyle record.
Kevin Kramer, the Max Scherzer lookalike, was a pitcher on the Pitt baseball team during the 1990s.

Kevin Kramer: Pitt pitcher turned Scherzer look-alike

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor January 8, 2020
As a junior pitcher in 1995, Kevin Kramer helped Pitt baseball win its only conference tournament championship ever. 20 years later, people started to confuse him for a perennial MLB All-Star.
Sitkiatnin Muay Thai head instructor David Reese (right) assists with the blessing of the gyms ring by Thai Buddhist monks on Sunday morning. Sitkiatnin Muay Thai is a Thai boxing gym in the basement of 1918 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill.

Sitkiatnin offers fitness, inclusion through Muay Thai

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor April 3, 2019
Although Sitkiatnin Muay Thai just held its opening on Sunday, the gym has been operational since February, with a steadily growing clientele since the space was first usable.
E.J. Borghetti is the executive associate athletic director of media relations for Pitt Athletics, where he leads media operations for Pitt’s 19 intercollegiate sports.

EJ Borghetti leaves his mark on Pitt athletics

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer February 13, 2019
An ever-present face in Pitt’s athletic department, Borghetti leads media operations for the University’s 19 intercollegiate sports, publicizing the same programs he cheered for growing up.
Junior heavyweight Demetrius Thomas currently stands at 9-2 for the 2019 wrestling season.

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer 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.
Pitt alum Joe Prince-Wright currently works at NBC Sports as lead soccer writer and editor.

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer 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.
Junior Valerie Daigneault competes in the 100-yard fly at the Western PA Invite on Jan. 27.

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

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor 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.
The Pitt men’s basketball team wore “Stronger than Hate” shirts while warming up before their exhibition match against Pitt-Johnstown.

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor 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.
Attila Domos started handcycling in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 Pittsburgh marathon.

Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 24, 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.
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