Shaffer, Baker Hit Best Times as Pitt and Ohio State Square off in SCY and LCM


  • January 31, 2020
  • Hosted by Pitt
  • Short Course Yards & Long Course Meters
  • Full Results
  • Unscored

Pitt and Ohio State met in Pittsburgh last Friday for an unscored meet that included both short course yards and long course meters competition. Maddie Shaffer was one of the standouts for the Pitt women. She was less than 2 tenths shy of her lifetime best from midseason as she won the 100 yard fly in 54.65. She hit a new lifetime best to win the 200 meter fly in 2:17.56.

Teammate Shahar Menahem won the 200 IM in both long course meters (2:21.93) and short course yards (2:04.30). She also added a win in the 200 meter free win in 2:06.78

Pitt’s Eben Vorster and Cooper van der Laan each won a triple for the men. Van der Laan won the 100 breast in short course (54.53) and long course (1:03.80), about a second shy of his best in both. He swept the breaststrokes in long course, putting up a 2:20.31 in the 200 breast. Vorster won the 200 fly in meters (2:01.52) and yards (1:46.12). He also won the 200 meter IM in 2:07.03.

Ohio State had a handful of swimmers win multiple events: Taylor Petrak, Aislinn Walsh, and Leah Baker. Petrak swept the long course sprints with a 26.23 in the 50 free, just a few tenths shy of her best, and a 57.21 in the 100 free. Baker took a pair of breaststroke wins with a lifetime best in the 100 meter breast (1:11.35) and 2:23.46 in the 200 yard breast. Walsh won the yards version of the 100 breast (1:04.08) and topped Shaffer, 1:03.51 to 1:03.65, in the 100 fly.


PITTSBURGH—In a unique meet on Friday night at Trees Pool, the University of Pittsburgh swimming & diving program posted 27 event victories while hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes in the final home competition of the 2019-20 campaign for the Panthers.

With both long-course meters and short-course yards swimming events on the schedule, the Panthers finished the night with 16 individual wins in LCM swimming and 10 more victories in SCY heats, along with one diving win.

No team score was recorded in the unique meet, which allowed the swimmers to compete in the Olympic-style LCM events as well as the traditional collegiate SCY racing.

“We were able to do some different things tonight, and it resulted in a fun meet for the athletes,” Pitt head coach John Hargis said afterwards. “This team is in a great place right now heading into these upcoming ACC Championships. I’m really happy with where our preparation is at. Madelyn Shaffer swam really well tonight, and Jerry Chen went all top times. Those are just a few examples out of this great group of athletes who are ready to compete at their peak ability in Greensboro in February.”

The day began with diving action at Trees Pool that saw Pitt’s divers continue to show good form with the all-important 2020 ACC Championships just weeks away.

Cortnee Williams placed second on 3-meter springboard with 288.15 points, and Amy Read led the way on 1-meter springboard with a third-place finish at 281.40 points.

But Pitt diving coach Katie Hazelton was pleased with all of her athletes after a meet that was scored on a difficulty level aimed at replicating what the team will see at the ACC and NCAA postseason meets.

“The team dove really well today,” Hazelton said. “Competing on a similar scoring standard to what the ACC Championships will have, I saw diving with consistency and confidence. Ohio State has some outstanding divers that will contend in finals at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, and it was impressive how we performed against that level of competition. Cortnee Williams continues to especially impress with her recent improvements, and Josh Parquet for the men really showed how far he has come in terms of execution and belief of what he is capable of.”

Krista Jones paced a trio of Panthers who competed on platform to hone their skills in that event for the ACC Championships, scoring 227.70 on her five dives.

Here are all of the Pitt event winners from the evening’s swimming action:

Serhii Ahadzhanian – 100-yard Fly (48.22)
Ellis Cannon – 50-yard Free (20.48)
Valerie Daigneault – 200-meter Back (2:17.13), 100-yard Free (50.93)
Dakota Elliott – 200-yard Free (1:50.38)
Judd Fishman – 200-meter Back (2:08.41), 200-yard Back (1:49.92)
Kate Fuhrmann – 200-meter Breast (2:46.69)
Samy Helmbacher – 200-meter Free (1:56.44)
Alec Hoch – 100-yard Free (46.07)
Kathleen Lynch – 100-meter Back (1:04.69)
Shahar Menahem – 200-meter IM (2:21.93), 200-meter Free (2:06.78), 200-yard IM (2:04.30)
Szymon Pytlarczyk – 50-meter Free (23.78)
Armin Remenyi – 100-meter Fly (54.77)
Ryan Schonbachler – 400-meter Free (4:06.35)
Madelyn Shaffer – 200-meter Fly (2:17.56), 100-yard Fly (54.65)
Luke Smutny – 100-meter Back (59.56)
Cooper van der Laan – 200-meter Breast (2:20.31), 100-meter Breast (1:03.80), 100-yard Breast (54.53)
Eben Vorster – 200-meter IM (2:07.03), 200-meter Fly (2:01.52), 200-yard Fly (1:46.12)

The Panthers will now fully turn their attention to February’s ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

The women’s swimming and all diving events will be held from Feb. 19-22, while the men’s swimming competition will run from Feb. 26-29 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – It is getting to be the time of the season when racing gets really exciting for the Ohio State swimmers and today against Pitt, as part of a Big Ten-ACC matchup, the team was looking to jump start into the post-season with one last, fast dual meet. Final totals had the No. 7 Ohio State women’s swimmers winning 10 races while the 14th-ranked men won five races. The set-up included long course meter swims and short course yards swims.

Divers dominant

Ohio State’s divers were dominant. Jacob Fielding, coming off his Big Ten diver of the week honors from last week, won both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events with teammates Joseph Canova second on 1-meter and  Jacob Siler second on 3-meter.

On women’s 1-meter, Genevieve Angerame and Lexie Barker went one-two, while Jackie Brenn won on 3-meter.

Women’s Top Individual Finishes

Long-course meters

200 individual medley – 4. Sara Turchanik, 2:27.48; 5. Alissa Cook, 2:28.67

50 freestyle – 1. Taylor Petrak, :26.23; 3. Amanda Palutsis, :27.41

400 freestyle – 1. Nicole Fye, 4:20.46; 4. Lauren Kurzydlo, 4:29.96

100 butterfly – 1. Aislinn Walsh, 1:03.51; 4. Becca Luft, 1:04.86

100 backstroke – 2. Morgan Kraus, 1:05.74

100 freestyle – 1. Taylor Petrak, :57.21; 2. Nicole Fye, :59.33

100 breaststroke – 1. Leah Baker, 1:11.35

200 freestyle – 3. Lauren Kurzydlo, 2:10.23

Short-course yards

200 individual medley – 4. Grace  Kowal, 2;09.57

50 freestyle – 1. Becca Luft, :23.58; 3. Lauren Kurzydlo, :23.86

100 butterfly – 2. Amanda Palutsis, :55.40; 4. Meredith Moellering, :57.85

200 breaststroke – 1. Leah Baker, 2:23.46

100 freestyle – 2. Brooke Glesenkamp, :51.85

200 butterfly – 1. Sarah Turchanik, 2:04,73

100 breaststroke – 1. Aislinn Walsh, 1:04.08

200 backstroke – 1. Morgan Kraus, 2:01.01

200 freestyle – 2. Meredith Moellering, 1:52.46

Men’s Top Individual Finishes

Long-course meters

50 freestyle – 4. Jonathan Sugar, :25.63

100 butterfly – 2. Noah Lense, :55.48; 4. Trey Gribble, :56.92

100 backstroke – 3. Colin Roy, 1:02.02

100 freestyle – 1. Matthew Abeysinghe, :51.86; 2. Jay Johnson, :52.98; 3. Jonah Cooper, :53:51

100 breaststroke – 3. Ian Mikesell, 1:07.67

Short-course yards

200 individual medley – 1. Trey Gribble, 1:50.68; 2. Matthew Abeysinghe, 1:51.32; 3. Daniel Gloude, 1:52.95

50 freestyle – 5. Colin Roy, :21.11

500 freestyle – 1. Matthew Magness, 4:33.77

100 backstroke – 1. Jonah Cooper, :48.27

100 freestyle – 3. Colin Roy, :46.46

200 butterfly – 2. Noah Lense 1:46.44; 3. Trey Gribble, 1:50.56

100 breaststroke – 4. Dominic Harry, :57.30

100 backstroke – 2. Jonah Cooper, 1:50.31

200 freestyle – 1. Jay Johnson, 1:39.89

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