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Folz adds to Mars’ swimming hardware

By Joe Sager
Mars standout Francis Folz added some gold to his medal collection with his performance at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships. Folz captured the WPIAL title ...

Knoch diver Lowery is always performing
By William Whalen
Knoch’s Ben Lowery makes a splash in just about everything he does. The junior finished the WPIAL diving regular season competing in the 1-meter springboard with ...
Former gymnast Hockenberry taking star turn on diving board for Mars
By Karen Kadilak
After setting a WPIAL record, Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry thinks she can do even better at the PIAA Class AA girls diving championship meet March ...
Young Hempfield swimmers gain experience at WPIAL meet
By Kevin Lohman
Though they may be inexperienced, members of the Hempfield swim team are bursting with talent. A defining characteristic of the team is its youthful inexperience, with another quality being its startling talent. Last weekend at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships, the Spartans worked at rectifying one of those characteristics ...
Quaker Valley swimming headed to states after winning first WPIAL title
By Gary Horvath
When the final event ended Satruday at the WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool, the Quaker Valley boys weren’t entirely ...
Olympic aspirations fueling Chartiers Valley senior diver
By Gary Horvath
As Chartiers Valley senior Maria Lohman approaches the PIAA Class AAA girls diving championship next month — the last meet of her high school career ...
Thomas Jefferson’s Hill shatters 2 girls swim team records
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson junior Jennnifer Hill snapped two school records at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships held last weekend at Pitt’s Trees Pool. Hill shattered the ...
Gateway swimmers wrap up season at WPIALs
By Michael Love
Although there weren’t any automatic qualifiers or top-eight WPIAL medalists, Gateway boys and girls swimming head co-head coach Garret Schmidt said he was impressed with the performances of all the Gators competitors at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Friday and Saturday at Pitt’s Trees Pool. “Almost everyone who swam recorded best ...
Panthers record several top finishes
By Michael Love
Automatic bids to states, standing on the medals podium, season-best swims and making long-lasting memories on the WPIAL’s biggest stage. It all came together for members ...
Ellwood City swimmer expects to improve at PIAA meet
By Karen Kadilak
Something that hampered Ellwood City sophomore Taylor Petrak at the WPIAL Class AA girls swimming championship meet Friday and Saturday is expected to help her ...
Shady Side Academy girls capture 1st WPIAL swim title
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy girls swimming team captured its first-ever WPIAL championship Saturday at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The SSA girls came roaring out of the gate ...
Plum boys medley relay eclipses school record at WPIALs
By Michael Love
Things started with a bang for the Plum swim teams at Friday and Saturday’s WPIAL AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The boys 200 medley relay ...
Plum residents Mautino and Kondis excel at WPIAL meet
By Michael Love
Plum residents Peyton Kondis and Sarah Mautino again fared well for the Oakland Catholic swim team at Friday and Saturday’s WPIAL AAA championships at Pitt’s ...
Norwin swimmers place at WPIAL championships
By Nathan Smith
Walking into Pitt’s Trees Pool last week, Norwin senior swimmer Kathryn Painter felt some pressure as the defending champion in the 200-yard individual medley and ...
Derry girls swimmers, Latrobe’s Sowinski look ahead to PIAA championship meet
By Karen Kadilak
After its best finish in the WPIAL, the Derry girls swimming team looks forward to the PIAA Class AA championship meet March 11-12 at Bucknell. The ...
Norwin’s Painter defends both her WPIAL swimming titles
By Doug Gulasy
Kathryn Painter’s tiredness didn’t set in until after she defended one of her WPIAL Class AAA swimming titles for the second straight day. The Norwin senior ...
Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell changed her training regimen in advance of the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, but her success stayed the same. Otwell, a Freeport senior and Towson recruit, qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event Saturday Pitt’s Trees Pool when she placed second in the 500-yard freestyle. She also ...
Zimcosky leads successful weekend for Connellsville area swimmers
By Kevin Lohman
Records came tumbling down at the WPIAL swimming championships Friday and Saturday at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The substitution of names atop the record book is not ...
North Allegheny teams again pull off double dip at WPIAL swimming championships
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships again turned into a North Allegheny double dip. For the fourth consecutive season, the Tigers swept the boys and ...
Derry girls take 2nd at WPIAL meet
By Kevin Lohman
As the WPIAL Class AA championships concluded, exhausted swimmers and coaches began to usher their way out the doors of Pitt’s Trees Pool, eager to ...
Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden again
By Doug Gulasy
Even after defending a title for the second straight day at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett is looking for ways ...
Seneca Valley swimmer gets taste of Olympic experience
By Karen Kadilak
Thanks to instruction he received last fall at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Seneca Valley junior Spencer Tretter has gained greater confidence ...
Records fall on opening day of WPIAL swimming championships
By Doug Gulasy
Records don’t last long anymore at the WPIAL swimming championships. A year after a dozen WPIAL records fell, more of the same happened on the ...
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Uhrin claims WPIAL gold in butterfly
By Kevin Lohman
After capturing a bronze medal at last season’s meet, Greensburg Central Catholic swimmer Brian Uhrin entered this season’s WPIAL Class AA championships hunting for gold. On ...
Despite no team, Yough’s Cochran shines at WPIAL swim meet
By Doug Gulasy
Yough junior Jessica Cochran swims without a high school coach, team or pool. It didn’t matter much at Friday’s WPIAL Class AA swimming championships. Cochran qualified for ...
Highlands, St. Joseph swimmers defend WPIAL titles
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Class AA swimming championships turned into a repeat performance for several Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers Friday. Highlands sophomore Bailey Bonnett and St. Joseph junior Sabrina ...
Freeport’s Pawlak, Otwell again qualify for PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
A volleyball tournament kept Freeport’s Zoe Pawlak from competing at the PIAA Class AA championships last season, even after she qualified in the 100-yard freestyle. This ...
Geibel’s Zimcosky claims 2nd straight 50 freestyle title
By Kevin Lohman
For the second time in as many seasons, Geibel Catholic’s Emily Zimcosky left the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships with a gold medal draped around ...
North Allegheny swim teams out to defend WPIAL championships
By Karen Kadilak
Seeded first in eight events, the North Allegheny girls swim team is heavily favored to win its seventh consecutive Class AAA title at the WPIAL ...
Elizabeth Forward swimmers hoping for fast times at WPIAL meet
By Karen Kadilak
As director, Elizabeth Forward swimming coach Tammy Blackwood knows what it takes to qualify for the WPIAL championship meet. That is why she is so proud of the 12 members of her boys and girls teams who will swim — many among the top 20 seeds in their events — ...
Mars diver Hockenberry captures WPIAL title with record score
By Karen Price
Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry is no longer a rising star in WPIAL Class AA diving. On Wednesday, she established herself as the one to beat for ...
Doors to open at 6 a.m. for WPIAL swim championships
By Chris Harlan
O’Malley to swim fans:  Trees won’t open until 6 a.m. If fans plan to stand in line hours early for the WPIAL swimming championships Friday and Saturday, they won’t do so inside. Doors at Pitt’s Trees Hall won’t open until 6 a.m., with ticket sales starting at 7:30, said ...
Kiski Area swimmer has unfinished business
By Doug Gulasy
When Nolan Pepka was a freshman, his time in the 100-yard breaststroke sat about eight seconds behind the best mark in Kiski Area swimming history. ...
Mt. Pleasant fields 13-swimmer contingent for WPIAL championships
By Jason Black
It has been another strong season for the Mt. Pleasant swim team, and for many members of the squad, the season is not over. Thirteen Mt. ...
Quaker Valley boys swimming aiming for school history
By Gary Horvath
It would be hard for Quaker Valley swimming coach Sue Morgan to have a higher opinion of this season’s boys swimming team. “I’ve coached for a ...
Plum swimmers ready to battle at WPIAL championships
By Michael Love
All of the dual meets are over, and the practices are all but finished. A contingent of swimmers will carry on the Plum tradition at WPIALs ...