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Nosbisch fares well for Panthers

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Photo: Pete Madia | Pitt Athletics
Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch fared well for the Pitt Panthers men's swim team at the Big East Championships and throughout the 2012-13 season.

Luke Nosbisch entered his sophomore season on the University of Pittsburgh men's swim team hoping for big things.

Only a couple of months earlier, the Gateway graduate got the opportunity to swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

He capped his season at the Big East champ- ionships from Feb. 27 to March 2, and his name is on several Panthers lists of top swims for the 2012-13 campaign.

On the first night of the Big East meet in Indianapolis, Nosbisch was a part of the 200-yard medley relay that placed second to Notre Dame and set a school record in a time of 1:27.34.

The time was just one second away from the Irish's championship-winning time of 1:26.33.

Nosbisch swam in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke on day three.

He ended in 11th overall with a time of 56.13.

Nosbisch still owns the WPIAL Class AAA record in the 100 breaststroke with a 56.37 set as a senior at Gateway in 2011.

He returned to the finals on the last day of the Big East meet, as he swam in the championship heat of the 200 breaststroke.

Nosbisch came into the finals seeded seventh, and he swam a time of 2:00.38 for an eighth-place finish.

The top five Pitt men's swims for each event for the 2012-13 season are posted on the Pitt athletic website, and Nosbisch's name is on multiple events.

He swam the top time in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:47.61 at the Pitt Invitational in November.

Nosbisch's time in the 100 breast at the Big East championships also was a season-best for a Pitt swimmer, and he owns the top two times in the 200 breast this year.

His time of 2:00.20 in the prelim swim at the Big East meet topped the list, with his finals swim coming in second.

Nosbisch also owns the third- and fourth-best swims of the season in the 500 free and the fourth-best result in the 1,000 free.

Vizzini

Mike Vizzini, a junior right-handed pitcher on the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team, tossed four innings of scoreless relief in the Presidents' 5-1 victory over Bethany on March 10.

The 2010 Gateway graduate struck out six and did not surrender a hit to earn the fourth victory of his career.

Vizzini retired the final 10 batters he faced, while allowing just one Bison batter to reach base overall.

As of that outing, Vizzini owned a 4-1 career record with a 2.33 earned-run average and 33 strikeouts in 54 innings of work.

Opponents have hit just .220 off Vizzini during his 22 appearances for the Presidents.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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