Hurl to Pitt: Club excels at national level
When Darragh Johnston took over as president and captain of the the Panther Hurling Club team in 2018, he didn’t know if it would be able to field a full 11-man team, much less compete for a national title.
One semester of intense recruiting, development and improvement later, Johnston, a junior chemical engineering major, was handed the trophy for the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling National Championship following Pitt’s victories over UNC and Purdue in the final stages of the tournament on Jan. 20.
“I was worried, honestly, that I would be the president that saw it all come to an end,” Johnston said. “That it would be under my tenure, that I would be the president that hurling club ends under and then fast-forward four months later, I’m the first hurling president with a national championship.”