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Pitt Football Recruiting Map: ON THE PROWL 1/26/2015

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Pitt Basketball vs. Louisville 
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Pitt Basketball vs. Louisville 
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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Boston College 
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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Boston College 
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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Syracuse 
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Transformation Tuesday: Tennis Twins

One-On-One with seniors Amanda and Molly Wickman

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How have you changed as a tennis player throughout your time at Pitt? 

Amanda: "I have grown a lot since freshman year. Although we had different coaches, I improved my game tremendously over the years. I am also more vocal and a better leader on the court compared to how I was freshman year."

What has it been like to attend school and play on the same team as your twin sister, Molly?
Amanda: "I'm really glad I went to Pitt with my sister. We are both very competitive, but we also push each other to become better. It's great to have my sister on the same team and also my best friend. 
"We are very close to the same level in tennis, but we are still competitive in anything we do, whether it's tennis or in school. We both work to do better than the other."

How has Coach Santos helped you become a better player? 
Amanda: "Coach has guided me to become an overall better tennis player. He's taught me to become more aggressive and come to the net more. He also taught me how to utilize my strengths, and I'm a much stronger player for it."

How have you managed to be both a successful student and Division I athlete?
Amanda: "Now that I'm a senior, I have learned to manage my time a lot better. You learn to study whenever you have that free time and prepare for tests way in advance. Overall, it's all about learning time management skills in order to balance life as a student-athlete." 

Name your best moment at Pitt?
Amanda:
"I remember sophomore year, I beat Rutgers in the final match, and it was the first time we ever beat them in Pitt history. It was a really cool experience for me." 

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How have you changed as a tennis player throughout your time at Pitt? 

Molly: "As a freshman, I was a little bit more nervous but after playing in more matches and gaining competition experience, I have learned to go all out in every single match."

Your twin sister, Amanda, mentioned you two share a competitive relationship on the court. What has it been like to attend school and play on the same team as Amanda? 
Molly: "It's all healthy competition between my sister and I, because we push each other throughout the year. We would not be where we are today if we did not have each other on and off the court. The two of us are always in competition whether it's running, lifting, etc. because we always want to outperform one another."

How have you managed to be both a successful student and Division I athlete?
Molly: "It's been tough to manage the life of a student-athlete, because going back and forth plus practicing can take about five hours out of your day. I learned to keep a tight schedule and make sure I know when I'll be studying and when I'll be practicing. The Pitt Athletic Department and our team has kept us in line and makes sure we are on top of our classes. Even with finding a job, I kept on top of it, and I already have a job set for after I graduate. I think working hard on the court and academically allowed me to get the job I have now as a treasury analyst for an offshore drilling company in Houston, Texas.

Name your best moment at Pitt?  
Molly: "Last year, in the ACC tournament, Katherine and I beat Boston College in doubles, or in the beginning of the season when I won my first singles ACC matches against Maryland and Wake Forest. It was very exciting because it was our first year in the ACC. 
"The ACC is more exciting and we get to play some of the best ranked teams, which pushes us to get better and to work toward becoming one of the top teams in the ACC." 

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Transformation Tuesday: Cora McManus


One-On-One with Cora McManus

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How have you changed as a basketball player throughout your time here at Pitt?
McManus:
 "I can definitely say I've improved conditioning wise since freshman year. I remember struggling during my first summer of Pitt basketball conditioning, but now as a senior I can lead the freshmen through those difficult moments during workouts. Also, I'm stronger on the block. I'm able to go against bigger and stronger opponents. Even though I'm undersized, I've found I can still battle with the competition."

As you look back on your journey here at Pitt, what about yourself has surprised you the most?
McManus:
 "As a freshman, I definitely didn't imagine that I would be in the role I am now as a senior captain. I love helping my teammates out and keeping them encouraged through all the missed shots. 

"This journey has been amazing, and I would do it all over again. Bri Kiesel and I joke all the time that we have 'started from the bottom and now we're here'. The two of us came here on our official visit at the same time when we were 17-18 years old, and here we are now at 22 still together on this team. It's been great.

How have you managed to be a successful student and a Division I athlete?
McManus:
 "Over the years, you learn to really get into the swing of things. The academic center helps a lot, and Jenn (WBB Academic Counselor) has done so much with us whether it's scheduling classes or study hall. Freshman year was definitely an adjustment - I'm not going to lie about that, but I was able to finish my first degree in three years. Now I'm finishing my second degree as a senior. I've really been able to take advantage of what Pitt provides student-athletes, and I've used the resources to achieve my goals."

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Clemson
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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. #8/#6 UNC
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#8/#6 UNC 30 29 59


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VIDEO: One-On-One with Cam Wright

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Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Louisville
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One-On-One with Senior Track and Field Thrower, Taylor Slaney

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Q: What has been the most surprising transformation over the past four years?
Slaney:
"Being on this team for four years with the same people you learn to develop your skill set, but more importantly you become a family."

Q: How has your mentality changed towards throwing from freshman year until now?
Slaney: "I have and will always want to win. I came in a bit naive as a freshman so I quickly learned that you don't always win and that was the hardest part for me."

Q: As a senior, what is the main goal heading into your final season?
Slaney: "Now that it's getting towards the end of the road, I need to get to nationals. The pressure heading into my senior year compared to previous years is much different.  Now as a senior, every meet counts more and more. It's stressful, but I work well under pressure. Last year, I broke a school record. This year, my only goal is to make it to nationals and to become an All-American."

Q: What has been the biggest surprise in your Pitt athletic career? 
Slaney: "If someone would have told me freshman year, I would break a school record and throw for 50-meters, I would have told them they were crazy. When I came in I expected to improve and throw far, but I would have never expected 50-meters. Breaking the school record was an awesome feeling. It had nothing to do with getting my name on some piece of paper. Personally, it was a huge deal for me."

Q: Personally, how did you acclimate to life as a student-athlete?
Slaney: "It was really, really hard for me coming in as a freshman and it still is hard for me. I have learned better ways to manage my time toward school work and being an athlete. I can never use being an athlete as an excuse, because we have the assistance at Pitt to be successful. During the season, we travel almost every weekend, but the time is available to get our work done. We bring our work with us almost any where - even our track meets, because sometimes that's what you have to do." 

Transformation Tuesday: Jon Lierley

Swimming and Diving: Senior Captain - Jon Lierley 

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Freshman year until now How has your mentality changed toward swimming?

Lierley: "Honestly, I would focus more on the person in the next lane rather than focusing on myself. I would constantly think, has this swimmer next to me been training more than I have? You don't need to think about the other swimmers. All you need to worry about is the clock. The time is what potentially can get you to NCAA's, Olympic Trials and ultimately the Olympics." 

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As a boy from the south (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina), why Pittsburgh? What was it about Pitt that made you choose to spend your four years here?

Lierley: "When I first stepped on campus, I immediately liked the urban setting that Pittsburgh has to offer. I'm originally from a smaller town in South Carolina so I was surprised by all the big buildings and the many cross walks. The coaching staff was awesome, and they were just like the coaches I had back home. The Pitt coaches are like my second parents and our team is one big family."  


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How have you grown as a student during your time here at Pitt?

Lierley: "The first semester of my freshman year, I was more focused on swimming. The academic center really helped me out and made sure I was scheduling time with tutors. I learned more about time management and how many hours I needed to dedicate to each of my classes."  

As a Pitt swimmer, are there any specific moments where you look back on and laugh at yourself?

Lierley: "Freshman year, I was the new kid in town. It was fun to look up to the older guys and try to challenge them a little bit. Now that I'm a senior, I've realized some of the younger guys are doing the same thing I used to do. It's funny to see them try and come after me."


Name the first one that comes to mind - best memory as a Pitt swimmer?

Lierley: "It would have to be my freshman year of the Big East Championships. It was hosted here at Pitt so it was a huge deal for our whole team. It was the last day of competition and it was my best event - the 200 butterfly and I had been training all year for it. I ended up swimming at night and earned fourth place overall. It was that moment - me standing on the podium in fourth place, breaking the school record and being first on the team." 

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VIDEO: Pitt Defeats Niagara 78-45

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Niagara
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Niagara 22 23 45

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Transformation Tuesday: Tyler Wilps

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One-On-One with Red-Shirt Senior Tyler Wilps

Q: How have you grown as a wrestler from freshman year until now at the University Pittsburgh?

Wilps: "When I came to Pitt as a freshman, I always had that basic hard work mentality. My way of thinking was simple, grind it out and get better every day. But starting last year, I finally found a good balance between being relaxed and working hard."

"The mentality you need to have if you want to excel in almost anything is finding that unique balance. In my opinion, you can only improve when you are feeling more relaxed--instead of being too hard on yourself, or focusing on the wrong things. It's important to not forget about the big picture and simply focus on getting better."

"Between last year and this year, I have had a more open mind at getting better in wrestling. Now, I try to come in and have more fun with practices. It now creates an environment where I can learn and get better at wrestling."

Q: Stepping away from the wrestling mat, how have you grown as a student-athlete over the past four years?

Wilps: "I have been pretty consistent with my school work throughout college. However, it was still a transition from high school to college. As a freshman, I told myself it was time to really crack down and I had to focus on my work."

"I have definitely matured in the classroom with my test taking abilities and in critical thinking. Now, I'm able to sift through the information a lot quicker, which I owe to prepping for the MCAT."

Q: How has Pitt's Academic Support helped you over the years? Specifically, how did they assist in preparing you for something as big as the MCAT?

Wilps: "As far as the intangibles, there is amazing support here at Pitt. They can't force you to study because that's something you have to do on your own, but the help is there if you want it. The mentality of Pitt's Academic Support--if you want to do well then they will be right there and take you as far as you need to go."

"It's not as if, they only focus on getting their athletes through college so they can participate in your sports. They take it a step further, if they notice if a person is really determined to do something then they want to help you achieve the goal."

Q: Do you reflect on your earlier years as an athlete? Right now, if you stepped back to look at the process of how you became the wrestler you are today, what would you have to say about that journey?

Wilps: "It was definitely a slow process, sometimes you improve, plateau or even decline. There's definitely not a clear path in my improvement."

"In terms of wrestling, I'm sure there are moments I would look back on and laugh at, but in terms of my approach I would never say my head was in the wrong place or that I would have done things differently.

"I have a little brother on the team, Noah Wilps, and he is obviously different than me, but I can also see the similarities and where he's improving in wrestling. It's interesting to see how he deals with the stresses of school and being a student-athlete. It's not far off from how I dealt with it as a freshman."

"Obviously, if I wrestled my freshman year self today, I would beat myself pretty bad." 

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