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Gateway grad Nosbisch set to compete at USA Nationals

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh athletics
Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch swims the 100-meter breaststroke during an Atlantic Coast Conference tri-meet with Virginia Tech and Notre Dame on November 9, 2013.

Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch ended his junior swim season for the University of Pittsburgh by recording two school records at the ACC championships in Greensboro, N.C. in late February.

Nosbisch's performances helped Pitt finished fifth in the team standings.

As winter turned into spring and the 2013-14 academic year came to a close, Nosbisch ramped up his workouts and practices with his club program, Team Pittsburgh.

The several months of training, including practices up to six days a week, coupled with successful qualifying swims, has brought him to another opportunity for success.

Thursday, Nosbisch kicks off three straight days of competition at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Caif.

“It is another good meet to test where I stand,” Nosbisch said.

He will compete Thursday in the 200-meter breaststroke, Friday in the 50 breaststroke and Saturday in the 100 breaststroke.

As of Tuesday's deadline for this week's edition, Nosbisch was seeded 51st in the 200 breast, 19th in the 50 breast and 22nd in the 100 breast.

He achieved a qualifying time in the 100 breast of 1:03.01, under the qualifying standard of 1:04.09. He surpassed the 200 breast qualifying time of 2:19.49 with a 2:19.11.

The 50 breaststroke is an event not normally contested at meets in the U.S., but it is swum at international meets.

As a result, those who qualified for the 100 breast automatically are entered in the 50 breast, and the 100 times are used to seed the field for the 50.

The difference in Nosbisch's seeds for the 50 and 100 are due to a couple of swimmers opting to not swim both events.

The national championships will serve as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, the 2015 World Championships, the 2015 World University Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Results of each event will be posted after the finals each evening at usaswim

Nosbisch gained some momentum for nationals with a strong performance with his Team Pittsburgh club at the Eastern Zone Super Section Championship from July 24 to 27 at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Team Pittsburgh won the team title, and Nosbisch raced to four first-place finishes. He won two individual races and was a part of two relay victories.

He claimed the top spot in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 400 and 800 free relays.

He added a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley.

“I wasn't tapered for sectionals,” Nosbisch said. “I did more events than what I normally would do. I was pretty busy at the meet. I did the 200 free and 200 IM, and I never do both anymore. I wanted to help Team Pitt win the meet.”

Nosbisch was the high point earner for the Team Pitt men. Both the men's and women's teams took first in nine of the 34 events.

Nosbisch admitted that he has been working on his endurance and swim mentality all summer. That work has included practicing with the distance swimmers.

“Distance swimmers are known for their strong mentality,” he said.

“I like practicing with them. Even when tapered, they don't feel good. They have to swim through the miles and are expected to do their best. My teammates are great workout partners.”

Nosbisch capped Pitt's first year in the ACC with a new school record in the 200 breast (1:56.81) at the ACC Championships. His time put him in ninth overall.

He also was a part of the men's 200 medley relay that also set a new school record (1:27.21) at the ACC Championships.

At the meet, he placed in the bonus final of the 500 free, setting a personal-best time (4:26.46). He also advanced to the bonus final in the 100 breast (54.48).

His efforts earned him the Most Valuable Swimmer Award for the 2013-14 season.�

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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