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Butler YMCA swimmers compete at nationals

By Karen Kadilak
After setting a meet record at the national long course championship last summer, Camryn Forbes of Penn was disappointed with her showing at the National YMCA Short Course Swimming Championship from March 30 to April 3 in Greensboro, N.C. Forbes, 16, finished fifth in the women’s 100-yard backstroke in 54.60 seconds ...

North Allegheny’s Failla headlines newest WPIAL Hall of Fame class
By Jerry DiPaola
Paul Failla’s passion was football, but when Willie Stargell gives you his can of root beer and Andy Van Slyke offers a ride in his ...
Training helps North Hills student athlete save best for last high school meet
By Karen Kadilak
North Hills High School senior Brian Lovasik enjoyed a stellar season as a member of the Indians boys swimming team, and he has a trip ...
North Allegheny senior to take swim talents to Yale
By Karen Kadilak
After winning a state title as an individual, North Allegheny Senior High School senior Jacquelyn Du looks forward to joining the Yale University women’s swimming ...
Mars shines bright at state swimming championships
By Joe Sager
There were no team titles for the Mars boys and girls swimming and diving teams at the PIAA Class AA championships this year. However, the Fightin’ ...
Plum swimmers Kondis, Mautino fare well at states
By Michael Love
Plum residents Sarah Mautino and Peyton Kondis were very busy during the two days of the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. Kondis brought home a state medal in the 100 breast on Saturday. She was the third fastest in the preliminaries with a time of ...
Relay teams lead Quaker Valley boys to first PIAA swimming championship
By Gary Horvath
As the members of the Quaker Valley boys 400-yard freestyle relay team prepared to swim the final event at the PIAA Class AA swimming championship ...
Shady Side Academy swimmers claim 4 medals at PIAA championships
By Marty Stewart
The WPIAL Class AA swimming championships were held at Bucknell University last week, and although the Shady Side Academy boys and girls swim teams didn’t bring home any gold medals, it was a satisfying end to the season. “I thought the state meet ended on the best note possible,” SSA coach ...
Pair of relay teams capture top-16 finishes at PIAA championships
By Michaellove
A pair of Franklin Regional relays earned consolation-finals swims Friday evening at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University. Both the boys and girls 200 free relay quartets placed in the top 16. The girls 200 free relay of juniors Laura Snyder and Meredith Easterling and sophomores Elise Scanlan and Morgan ...
Latrobe’s Sowinski caps season with top 5 finishes
By Karen Kadilak
Latrobe senior Monica Sowinski capped her high school swimming career in impressive fashion by finishing in the top five in two events at the PIAA ...
WPIAL boosts medal haul at PIAA swimming, diving event with 3 more golds
By Dave Mackall
LEWISBURG — WPIAL Class AAA competitors claimed three top spots Saturday on the final day of the 2015 PIAA swimming and diving championships, bringing to 18 the number of gold medals produced this season by District 7 schools. During the four-day event at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, 11 WPIAL golds were ...
Norwin’s Painter finishes high school swimming career on high note
By Dave Mackall
There’s nothing fancy about the way Kathryn Painter swims, but she sure gets results in the pool. It probably never was more evident than Saturday at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, where Painter, a Norwin senior who is committed to Kentucky, won a gold ...
Chartiers Valley’s Lohman captures 3rd straight PIAA diving title
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — With the PIAA Class AAA diving competition coming down to the wire, Chartiers Valley senior Maria Lohman knew she had to step up her performance in the finals. Focusing on her own dives instead of the scoreboard, Lohman won her third consecutive state diving title with 508.35 points ...
Latrobe’s Sowinski swims to bronze at PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Monica Sowinski didn’t bother hiding her emotions after swimming the 200-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, climbing out of the pool with a wide grin on her face and doling out about a half-dozen hugs. Sowinski, a senior at Latrobe, earned her highest PIAA finish yet ...
Alle-Kiski Valley athletes compete at PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — The first day of the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships ended without a medal of Alle-Kiski Valley competitors. Among local swimmers, Fox Chapel senior Noah Cagley advanced to the consolation finals in the boys 200 freestyle. He placed 13th in 1 minute, 42.42 seconds. Oakland Catholic junior Peyton ...
Norwin’s Painter places 4th at PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Kathryn Painter felt nerves coming on as she prepared to compete in the preliminary heats at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, and those butterflies grew even stronger by the finals. Norwin’s senior standout managed to shake them off, earning a medal in the girls 200-yard individual medley for ...
Quaker Valley boys capture PIAA Class AA swimming and diving title
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Given the distance between Western Pennsylvania and Bucknell University, it seemed fitting WPIAL swimmers did some of their best work in the lengthiest events on the second day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships. Highlands’ Bailey Bonnett and West Allegheny’s Jarod Kehl won the 500-yard freestyle ...
Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett wanted to set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships Thursday. She did more than that. Bonnett, a Highlands sophomore, won her first career state gold medal, swimming a career-best 4 minutes, 52.89 seconds to claim the 500 free title on the second ...
Yough juniors finish strong at state meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — A school without a pool still had a strong showing at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships. Yough juniors Jessica Cochran and Madison Nestor each advanced to the consolation finals Thursday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Cochran finished 11th in 59.73 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke, ...
Freeport’s Otwell achieves best finish at state meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — In her final high school race, Bria Otwell came close to her ultimate goal of a top-three finish at the PIAA championships. Although the Freeport senior came up short, her fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle marked her best placement in four trips to the state meet. Otwell finished ...
Uniontown diver places 8th at PIAA championship
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Uniontown’s Braden Carei didn’t just end his high school diving career Thursday, he also got to close the PIAA Class AA boys diving competition. Diving last in the finals, Carei picked up his first state medal by placing eighth in the diving championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. “I came ...
Four WPIAL standouts capture gold on 1st day of PIAA championships
By Doug Gulasy
Matthew Kwalick didn’t want to come up short twice. Certainly not twice within an hour. Disappointed with his performance as part of Quaker Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team, a motivated Kwalick came from behind to win the 200 individual medley on the first day of the PIAA Class AA championships ...
Derry divers again secure PIAA medals
By Doug Gulasy
Derry junior Morgan Elrick thinks the Trojans have a strong diving team. She won’t be getting much of an argument from the rest ofthe state. For the second straight season, Elrick and fellow Derry diver Allison Brownlee won medals Wednesday at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell ...
St. Joseph’s Bowman takes sliver in 100 fly for 2nd straight season
By Doug Gulasy
Sabrina Bowman finished in the same spot she did last season, but she still moved up. Bowman placed second in 56.71 seconds in the girls 100-yard butterfly on the first day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Wednesday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Villa Joseph Marie’s Alexa Fabbri ...
Yough’s Cochran places 4th at PIAA swimming championships
By Doug Gulasy
Jessica Cochran was dancing at the beginning and the end of the first day of the PIAA swimming championships. The Yough junior earned her first state medal, placing fourth in the girls 100-yard butterfly in the PIAA Class AA meet Wednesday at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. She celebrated with an impromptu dance to ...
Freeport’s Pawlak earns 1st medal at PIAA championship meet
By Doug Gulasy
Zoe Pawlak won her first state swimming medal Wednesday, but she already has a pretty good idea of where she’s going to put it. “(I’ll) probably put it with my collection of WPIAL medals,” Pawlak said. “I have a room where I keep all of my medals and ribbons and stuff ...
Laurel Highlands boys team posts strong start at PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
Logan Knoyer was just hoping for a spot in the championship finals on the first day of the PIAA swimming championships, but the Laurel Highlands junior did better than that. Knoyer finished fourth in the boys 50-yard freestyle, earning his first career state medal, at the PIAA Class AA meet Wednesday ...
Connellsville swimmers Shreve, Urie achieve personal success
By Staff Reports
Connellsville senior Bayle Shreve and junior Alyson Urie concluded the 2014-15 swim season in style as each broke a school record at the WPIAL Class ...
Long competition break ends; Panthers ready for PIAA AAA meet
By Michael Love
After three full weeks since the WPIAL AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool, members of the Franklin Regional varsity swim teams finally get a chance ...
Ligonier swimmers break records
By Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley High School swimmer Shelbi Shearer and diver Bethanie Meharey each captured the first-place medal at the Feb. 27 and 28 District 6 Championship ...
Carlynton junior Stengel competing in two races at state championships
By Nathan Smith
Breaking school records is nothing new for Carlynton’s Nicole Stengel The junior owns a combined 11 records between high school and junior high competition. But breaking ...
HS highlight reel: Swimmers earn top seeds for PIAA meet
By Tribune-Review
Judging by the psych sheets, the 2014 state runner-up North Allegheny girls swimming and diving team should again do quite well at the PIAA swimming and diving championships, which get started Wednesday and run through Saturday at Bucknell University. Lauren McGrath (200 free), Jacquelyn Du (50 free, 100 back) and ...
Knoch’s breaststroke specialists ready for state meet
By Doug Gulasy
Several swim coaches approached Knoch’s Rick Hassler at the WPIAL Class AA championships last month to ask him about breaststroke practice techniques. The questions didn’t ...
Mt. Pleasant swim duo’s hard work pays off with PIAA berths
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant senior Fallon Nelson and sophomore Cole Dombrosky had different reasons to succeed during swim season. And while their sources of inspiration may ...
Knoch swimmers ready to tackle states
By Karen Kadilak
After winning WPIAL titles, Knoch sophomores John Wilson and Brooke Zukowski will be seeking medals in the boys and girls 100-yard breaststroke events at the ...
North Hills swimmer Lovasik chasing PIAA glory
By Karen Kadilak
After setting WPIAL records in both, North Hills senior Brian Lovasik looks forward to competing in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events at the PIAA ...