Feb. 14, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Western Pennsylvania today to compete in the BIG EAST Conference Swimming Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Trees Pool on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
The 2012 BIG EAST Swimming Championships begin 6 p.m. Wednesday with the women’s and men’s 800-yard freestyle relay races and conclude with 12 final events on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Senior Bearcat Liz Hansson will attempt to defend her 2011 BIG EAST Championship in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday. The preliminaries of the women’s 50-yard freestyle will be the fifth event of the Thursday morning schedule that begins at 10 a.m.
Most of the Bearcats swimmers will need to record season bests this week in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. So far senior Josefin Wede and freshman Helena Pikhartova are the only two members of the UC team to qualify.
UC will have its toughest competition from rival Louisville, which heads into the conference meet as the defending champions for both men and women.
The UofL men won for the second-straight year in 2011, and the Cardinals women won their first BIG EAST title in 2011, ending a 14-year winning streak by Notre Dame.
On Jan. 14 earlier this season, the UC women lost to Louisville 223-75 and the Bearcats men fell to the Cardinals 250-50.
For video of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships, visit BIGEAST.tv, which will stream live coverage each day. Also check out the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship Central Page for the complete schedule of events.
SLAVIK PUTS UC MEN ON THE SCOREBOARD: Freshman Ryan Slavik placed 16th in the 1-meter dive on Saturday at the BIG EAST Diving Championships, earning a point for the Bearcats, which is one point better than they were a year ago in the men’s division heading into the swimming championships.