Bearcats Finish Pittsburgh Invitational in Second

Nov. 24, 2013

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams both secured a second place finish at the Pittsburgh Invitational. The Bearcats came in second to the host Panthers in both genders.

Women's Team Scores
1. Pittsburgh - 1,605
2. Cincinnati - 1,285.5
3. California (Pa.) - 350.5
4. Michigan - 192
5. West Virginia Wesleyan - 150
6. Louisville - 109
7. Fairmont State - 94
8. Clemson - 71
9. St. Bonaventure - 1

Sunday's action began with the 1,650 yard freestyle. UC's Taylor Myszka earned a fourth place finish with a time of 17:03.24. She was followed by Hope Andrews (17:04.38) and Milli Puth (17:08.97) in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Three Bearcats reached the championship final of the 200 back, led by Jessica Piper in second place. The sophomore swam a time of 1:58.71 that reached the NCAA B-Qualifying Standard. Miranda Hampton was fourth in 2:01.20, while Amanda Hardewig was sixth in 2:04.54.

Cincinnati swimmers went one-two in the 100 yard freestyle. Freshman Jackie Keire won her fourth individual event of the weekend, touching the wall in 58.52. Weronika Wasiakowska was right behind her in second at 49.91.

Helena Pikhartova and Andrea Bartel both reached the championship final of the 200 breaststroke. Pikhartova placed second in 2:14.47, an NCAA B-Qualifying time, while Bartel was third in 2:21.09.

The red and black had four of the eight swimmers in the championship final of the 200 butterfly. Iuliia Fedoreeva led the way with second-place points and a time of 2:03.81. Bartel was fifth in 2:05.76, while Emma Gresser was sixth in 2:10.81 and Myszka was eighth in 2:18.11.

The women finished the weekend strong, taking a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Wasiakowska led the team, followed by Pikhartova and Fedoreeva with Keire serving as the anchor. The group finished in 3:20.64, winning by over four seconds.

Men's Team Scores
1. Pittsburgh - 1,455.5
2. Cincinnati - 1,125
3. St. Bonaventure - 534
4. Fairmont State - 347.5
5. Michigan - 185
6. West Virginia Wesleyan - 161
7. Louisville - 76

The 1,650 free started off day three strong for the Bearcats. Joe Bott earned a second place finish with a time of 15:49.35. He was followed by Cody Green in third at 15:50.99.

The 200 backstroke saw four Bearcats swim in the championship final, with Awse Ma'aya as the top finisher in third at 1:50.37. Joe Scherpenberg was fourth in 1:50.66, followed by Tommy Easley in sixth at 1:52.70 and Donovan Kearns in eighth at 1:54.68

Scherpenberg also posted the top time for UC in the 100 free, finishing eighth in 46.88. Dean Waite won the consolation final in the event,touching the wall in 46.44.

Bearcats were second, third and fourth in the 200 breaststroke. Nik Balmer was the runner up at 2:05.00, followed by Tyler Roehr at 2:05.92 and Trenton Harper at 2:06.17. Dan Ciciora was also in the championship final, finishing eighth in 2:09.64.

Nathan Anderson led the way in the 200 fly, finishing fourth (1:53.52). Ma'Aya was fifth (1:53.66), followed by Joey Ferreri in sixth (1:53.76) and Hunter Pasek in seventh (1:53.94).

Scherpenberg, Michael Palleros, Waite and Michael Kaplan capped the day with a fourth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. They finished in 3:02.58.

Next up for the Bearcats is the RedHawk Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. The meet is set for Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7.