Bearcats in Second After Day One at Pittsburgh Invitational

Nov. 23, 2013

Day One Results

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Reigning American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week Jackie Keire recorded two individual event wins, while also helping the Bearcats to a relay victory, as the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving teams concluded the first day of competition at the Pittsburgh Invitational. Both genders stand in second place, trailing only the host Panthers.

Women's Team Scores
1. Pittsburgh - 497
2. Cincinnati - 363
3. California (Pa.) - 119
4. Michigan - 56
5. West Virginia Wesleyan - 40
6. Fairmont State - 36
7. Louisville - 33
8. Clemson - 24

The Bearcats got their first victory of the day in the 200 freestyle relay. Helena Pikhartova led off the relay squad, followed by Keire, Weronika Wasiakowska and Sammie Wheeler. Wheeler touched the wall at 1:32.00 to secure the first-place points.

Keire then secured a win in the 500 freestyle. After swimming the fast time in the morning preliminary round (4:47.76), Keire shaved over six seconds off in the final to touch the wall at 4:41.33. In addition to meeting the NCAA's B-Qualifying standard in the event, the time would have been fast enough to earn an NCAA invite last season.

Pikhartova then picked up second-place points in the 200 yard individual medley. The junior finished in 2:03.47, just behind Pitt's Veronica Lee, who reached the NCAA B-standard.



The 50 free saw Bearcats finish first, second and fourth. Keire won the event with a finals time of 22.85 that meets the national B-qualifying standard. Wasiakowska was right behind her at 23.13 and Pikhartova was in fourth at 23.57.

The 400 medley relay was the final swimming event of day one and saw the Bearcat group of Jessica Piper, Pikhartova, Iuliia Fedoreeva and Wasiakowska place second with a mark of 3:44.55.

Men's Team Scores
1. Pittsburgh - 480.5
2. Cincinnati - 274
3. St. Bonaventure - 174
4. Fairmont State - 129.5
5. Michigan - 62
6. West Virginia Wesleyan - 50
7. Louisville - 22

The highlight of the day on the men's side came in the 200 individual medley, where five UC swimmers went fast enough in the preliminary round to reach the finals. Hunter Pasek led that charge with a third place finish in the finals, touching the wall in 1:52.90. Tyler Roeher was in fifth (1:53.89), followed immediately by Trenton Harper (1:54.27), Awse Ma'aya (1:55.17) and Andrew Albert (1:55.28).

The 50 freestyle saw Joe Scherpenberg post a prelim time of 21.01, before a swim of 21.18 earned him a seventh-place finish in the final.

The top Bearcat relay team of Scherpenberg, Roehr, Ma'Aya and Dean Waite placed fourth in the 400 medley relay to cap the evening, touching the wall in 3:22.94.

Day two of the Pittsburgh Invitational begins on Saturday, Nov. 23, with preliminary swims starting at 10:00 a.m. and the finals getting underway at 6:00 p.m.