Nov. 3, 2012
CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams dropped a dual meet to Pittsburgh on Saturday at Keating Aquatics Center. The women lost 181-119 and the men fell by a margin of 237-63.
Jessica Piper (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) continued her impressive start to her freshman season by winning all four events she competed in, which included two individual races. On the year, she has won all eight individual races she entered and three of four relay events.
In the meet's opening race, Piper, sophomore Helena Pikhartova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Jana Nerudy), freshman Iuliia Fedoreeva (Barnaul, Russia/Barnaul), and junior Weronika Wasiakowska (Przykop, Poland/School of Sports Championship) placed first in the 200-yard medley relay after producing a time of 1:45.44.
She added a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay after teaming with Wasiakowska, sophomore Kendra Bierman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Christian) and senior Bailey Laban (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) for a time of 3:33.15.
Individually, Piper scored wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke with time of 1:52.36 and 2:02.13, respectively.
Fedoreeva added a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly races with marks of 56.79 and 2:06.35, respectively.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, Pikhartova earned a first-place finish with a recorded time of 1:04.99, while Wasiakowska won the 100-yard freestyle after finishing in 52.40 seconds.
In the men's division, the Bearcats produced second-place finishes in four events.
In the 200-yard medley relay, sophomore Awse Ma'aya (Amman, Jordan/The Bolles School), sophomore Mike Craig (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/North Royalton), junior Rob Walsh (Fort Wright, Ky./Covington Catholic) and senior Roberto Nevarez (Chihuahua, Mexico/ITESM Chihuahua) recorded a mark of 1:35.90 while placing second.
In the men's 1,000-yard freestyle, freshman Joe Bott (Clive, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) earned a second-place finish with a time of 9:46.75.
Ma'aya finished No. 2 in the men's 100-yard backstroke when he recorded a time of 51.96 seconds.
Craig finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.17 seconds, placing second.
The Bearcats will compete next at the Purdue Invitational Nov. 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.