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The woodwind section of Pitt’s marching band performs at Heinz Field during a break in the Panthers’ game against Duke on Oct. 27.

Panthers band together in split performances

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor December 10, 2018
With Pitt's band split between three different locations on the weekend of Nov. 30, Director of Bands Brad Townsend had to get creative.
Junior Dante Watson participated in the Pitt’s men’s 4x400m relay team that was .33 seconds away from taking last season’s ACC Championship.

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor December 5, 2018
Last season, the Pitt men’s track and field team came in last place in the ACC indoor competition. while the women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams. They believe they can drastically improve on that in 2018.
Panthers’ volleyball ended the season with a 30-2 record — succumbing to Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Petersen Events Center Saturday night.

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor December 3, 2018
After losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years, Pitt volleyball thought 2018 was its year — but Michigan ended the Panthers’ dreams of dancing into the Sweet 16 on Saturday night.
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.
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)

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer 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.
Sophomore forward Edward Kizza is responsible for 11 out of the Panthers’ 19 goals this season. (Photo by Bader Abdulmajeed | Staff Photographer)

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer October 10, 2018
Panther athletes Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena and Kayla Lund are all having standout seasons on the field and on the court, leading their respective teams.
Panther Pitt fans cheer “Let’s go Pitt” while “Sweet Caroline” played during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech Sept. 15.

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

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer October 4, 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.
Sophomore Kayla Lund had 23 kills in the team’s victory over College of Charleston Sept. 14.

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer September 24, 2018
While Pitt's soccer teams didn’t fare so well, volleyball picked up the slack by sweeping Virginia Tech for the Panthers' 13th straight win.
Jodi Hermanek is the Pitt Softball program’s third head coach. (Image via Pitt Athletics)

Q&A: Jodi Hermanek brings fresh perspective to Pitt softball

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer September 19, 2018
The Pitt News sat down with Hermanek after her first series as head coach, a 2-0 sweep against Slippery Rock, to see what her plans are for the softball program and learn more about who she is.
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