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Plum's Dombrowski and Pietropola honored at tri-athlete event

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Plum seniors Matt Dombrowski, left, and Mia Pietropola were two of 31 student-athletes from 18 high schools to be recognized at the annual Northern Athletic Directors Association Tri-Athlete Luncheon on May 22, 2013, in Oakmont. The honorees played a sport in each of the three high school seasons and were recognized for their efforts in academics, athletics and service to their communities. Dombrowski will attend Robert Morris University and join the track and field team, while Pietropola will continue her swimming career at Penn State-Behrend.

Plum seniors Matt Dombrowski and Mia Pietropola were among a select group of student-athletes to play a sport in each of the three high school seasons, and they were honored for their efforts on May 22 at the 15th annual Northern Athletic Directors Association Tri-Athlete Luncheon at the Greek Orthodox Social Hall in Oakmont.

Athletes were nominated from 18 member school districts and were eligible to receive scholarships based on achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

“It's rare these days to be an athlete who plays a sport in all three seasons,” Plum athletic director Bob Alpino said.

“Matt and Mia have done a great job in their four years of high school, and they represent Plum well.”

The two scholarship awards were presented to Fox Chapel's Amanda Todd and Freeport's Brendan Lynch.

Dombrowski, who competed in the shot put at the PIAA track and field championships on Saturday, was a four-year letterman in track and a three-year letterman in football and basketball.

He was a team captain for all three sports.

Dombrowski also participated in the Student Athlete Leadership Academy for the WPIAL, and he was a Plum representative to the annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship.

Pietropola was a four-year letter winner in cross country, swimming and track and field.

This winter, she helped Plum's 200 free relay set a new school record at the WPIAL championships.

Pietropola was honored with the 2012 Hines Ward Positive Athlete Award for overall accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service.

She also has taken part in the Student-Athlete Leadership Association and is a member of the National Honor Society.

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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