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

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

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

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

Jewish athletes at Pitt reflect on Tree of Life shooting

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

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.

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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...

Women’s swimming and diving breaks records at ACC Championships

Women’s swimming and diving breaks records at ACC Championships

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite being outperformed by eight of the 12 other teams, the Pitt women’s swimming and diving team showed significant signs of improvement, breaking 11 school records last weekend at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Though they improved on last year’s score by 66 points, the Pa...

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

Q&A: Pitt diver Meme Sharp makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

Finishing up her final season on the Pitt diving team, senior diver Meme Sharp will leave a legacy as one the greatest divers in the program’s history. Sharp has acquired a number of accolades and set several records during her diving career at Pitt. She currently holds the record in the 3- an...

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

When an athlete suffers a severe, life-altering injury, it usually means the end of a career — time to hang up the jersey, pack up the gym bag and abruptly find a new way to pass the hours. Unless that athlete is Katie Hazelton. Hazelton, the new head coach of Pitt diving — brought on by Athletic Director Hea...

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

This weekend was cold and rainy in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t stop the Panthers from taking to the field, pitch and pool in heated competition. While football conquered their second ACC team in a row, and swimming and diving made waves, men’s soccer faltered and cross country didn’t quite lead t...

Pitt swimming and diving trounced by Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

Pitt swimming and diving trounced by Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

In Pitt’s second tri-meet of the season against ACC competitors Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were unable to edge past their competitors. The men’s team finished the weekend with a crushing loss to Notre Dame, 238-115, and a devastating...

Swimming and diving splashes into new season

Swimming and diving splashes into new season

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a spring and summer full of changes for Pitt’s swimming and diving program — from the addition of new head coach John Hargis to $3 million in renovations to Trees Hall — the Panthers are in the pool once again. The men’s team — overall 2-2 and ACC 1-2 — and the women’s team — ...

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dominic Giordano knew before his dive on Saturday that his win depended on nearly perfect form.His back 1 1/2 somersault and 3 1/2 twist earned him 97.35 points out of a possible 99 and ensured that he grabbed the top spot, and in the process, the sophomore diver won his and Pitt’s first ACC diving titl...

Music a critical aspect of athletes’ gameday rituals

Music a critical aspect of athletes’ gameday rituals

By Jessica Boddy / For The Pitt News

February 2, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

The crowd in the Fitzgerald Field House was dynamic and lively the entire wrestling meet – fans feeding off of athletes, athletes feeding off of fans. While a deafening roar encouraged one wrestler, another, Nick Bonaccorsi, waited his turn behind the bench. The audible buzz of a full crowd and a tigh...

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With most students going home for the winter holidays, some Pitt students may forget about the sports that still compete over break. With that said, here are what different Pitt sports will be up to over the winter break.Men’s basketballThe Pitt men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 ACC) will be active ov...

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most students return to their respective homes for Thanksgiving break, the athletes on varsity sports still continue their business as usual. The break for Pitt sports will be highlighted by the football team’s game at Miami on Saturday, in which the team plays a big game with postseason ramificatio...

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