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Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

Katie Hazelton is the new head diving coach and brings her experience to Pitt after working for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as diving technical operations manager. (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 2, 2018

Pitt’s swimming and diving program announced 12 new additions to the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. These dozen athletes join the seven other members of the Class of 2018, announced last November. “We believe that each of these kids has the potential to leave Pitt as an accomplished student and a phenomenal athlete,” Pitt head coach John Hargis sai...

Diving into a new season: Pitt swimming and diving back in competition

The Panthers swim team recorded a cumulative 621.0 to 288.0 win over their three opponents — Miami, Michigan State and James Madison — at a meet last Friday. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

Many of the Pitt aquatic athletes have left opponents in the dust — or more appropriately, in chlorine-laced dihydrogen monoxide — during their first meets. It’s early in the season, but Pitt is already showing promise for future performances. In their first dual meet this year, the Panthers split the outin...

Rathsack sets record, named All-American at NCAAs

Four women on the Pitt swimming and diving team competed this weekend in Indianapolis at the NCAA Championship meet. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017

After multiple record-setting swims at the ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Pitt junior Lina Rathsack parlayed that momentum into national recognition at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Rathsack earned all four of the Pitt swimming and diving team’s points at the national championships t...

Men’s swimmers wrap up ACC Championships with 10th-place finish


By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017

The Pitt men’s swimming team continued to make history Wednesday and Thursday night in Georgia as the 2017 ACC Championships came to a close. The Panthers finished in 10th place at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta with 513 team points. This score broke the team’s previous high scor...

Panther swimmers break records at ACCs

With a time of 6:28.37, Eben Vorster (above), Luke Smutny, Samy Helmbacher and Brian Lovasik broke Pitt’s 800m freestyle relay record, which was set in 2014. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017

The Panthers impressed their fans yet again over the first two days of the ACC Championship meet, complete with three new records and two record-breaking swims. With a time of 6:28.37, Eben Vorster, Luke Smutny, Samy Helmbacher and Brian Lovasik broke the team’s record in the 800 freestyle relay...

Giordano grabs ACC diving title, four Pitt swimming records fall in Atlanta

Junior Lina Rathsack broke Pitt swimming records on back-to-back days at the ACC Championships in Atlanta. Courtesty of Jeff Gamza/Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 16, 2017

Dominic Giordano, the defending NCAA champion in the 3-meter dive, is already Pitt’s first-ever national champion in the natatorium. The senior put himself in position to defend that title Wednesday night, taking home first place in the 3M at the 2017 ACC Championships in Atlanta. Giordano tallie...

Pitt divers excel, but Seminoles swim past Panthers for victory

Pitt first-year Eben Vorster swims for first place Saturday in the 200-meter butterfly. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017

After inclement weather forced the Denison University Big Red to cancel their trip to Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Pitt swimming and diving teams were left with only one opponent — the formidable Florida State Seminoles. The Panthers picked up several individual wins in both swimming and diving...

Pitt AD Scott Barnes denies Oregon State rumor, mum on whether he’s considering leaving

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes takes in a practice alongside E.J. Borghetti during football training camp in August. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 16, 2016

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes denied a report Wednesday night claiming he would be resigning and taking over as athletic director at Oregon State. But he has yet to deny reports that he is considering leaving Pitt. Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletic director since April 2015. But on Wedn...

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