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Central Catholic swimmer battles back from neck injury

By Michael Love
Adam Whisner had his sights set on top times with his swims at the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Long Course Junior Olympics meet on July 19 ...

Oakland Catholic’s Kondis makes most of meet experience
By Michael Love
Peyton Kondis made her mark last winter as a sophomore on the Oakland Catholic girls swim team, as she earned several medals at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool and also fared well at the PIAA state meet at Bucknell University. That success has continued through the spring ...
Highlands swimmer thrives on national stage
By Bill West
All the pomp that came with the finals of the YMCA Swimming National Long Course Championships last week in Indianapolis added to Bailey Bonnett’s usual ...
Norwin girls athlete of the year: Kathryn Painter
By Doug Gulasy
Kathryn Painter spent her sophomore season away from the Norwin swimming team, concentrating on competing in longer events for the Norwin Aqua Club. Her return to ...
Franklin Regional girls athlete of the year: Alyssa Ruffing
By Doug Gulasy
After specializing in sprint swimming for much of her high school career, Alyssa Ruffing tried something new for her senior season. Two years after winning ...
Swimming a full-time sport for Seneca Valley’s Kozlina
By Jerry Clark
Although the high school swimming season concluded with the recent state meet, Seneca Valley freshman Ali Kozlina is working toward what she hopes is a ...
Super Six savor swim championship for Mars
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys swimming team won a state championship. And it did it in style. With only the 400 freestyle relay remaining at the PIAA Class ...
Quaker Valley boys return with 2 PIAA swimming medals
By Karen Kadilak
The Quaker Valley boys swimming team was happy just to set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay at last year’s state meet. This year, the Quakers wanted to win a medal. They achieved their goal — and one better — at the PIAA Class AA championship last week at Bucknell ...
Painter takes two second-place finishes at state meet
By Doug Gulasy
Kathryn Painter swam her way to a pair of individual titles at last month’s WPIAL Class AAA championships, and she came seconds within duplicating that feat at the state level last week. The Norwin junior registered runner-up finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle at the PIAA Class AAA ...
Plum sophomore swimmer finishes season at PIAA championships
By Justin Criado
It’s no secret to Plum swimming coach Shawn Haupt that sophomore Hannah Adamski’s favorite sport is softball, but over the last two years Adamski has ...
Gateway swimmers complete strong season at state meet
By Justin Criado
Coming in to the season, expectations were high for a trio of Gateway swimmers.  Alex Caprara, Jake Beley and Alex Bolen all had qualified for states ...
Tapering for WPIALs proves too tough for Kolesar to overcome
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — To make it past the WPIAL meet, West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar insisted he and others had to taper for the 100-yard backstroke, a testament to how competitive the race was. Cutting off training to rest and get his best time might have been reflected in Kolesar’s WPIAL title, but ...
PIAA swim meet has silver lining for Zimcosky
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Geibel’s Emily Zimcosky wanted to have a little fun. She knew there would be no way to jettison her nerves Saturday morning and afternoon at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. But once she began the 100-yard freestyle — the first event ...
Freeport swimmer takes PIAA meet in stride
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — There will be more meets, Freeport junior Bria Otwell figures. One with her club team this weekend, actually. Which means there will be time to improve upon her 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle events, which she swam over the weekend at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships ...
Mars boys win PIAA Class AA swimming title
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — The Mars boys didn’t need a dramatic win or even a top-three finish. That didn’t stop the Planets from delivering the signature moment of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. Mars came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3 ...
Derry’s Brownlee has busy, successful day at PIAA swimming, diving finals
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Outside of perhaps the PIAA officials working the meet or the public address announcer, nobody was busier Saturday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium than Derry freshman Allison Brownlee. They couldn’t have been. A day after swimming in the 200-yard freestyle relay consolation finals, Brownlee began Saturday with morning prelims ...
Highlands freshman Bonnett earns second PIAA swimming bronze
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Whether it was working really hard or being at the beginning of her high school swimming career — or a combination — Highlands freshman Bailey Bonnett isn’t going to complain about a four-second drop in time. Bonnett broke five minutes in the 500 free for the first time during ...
West Allegheny, Mars swimmers win PIAA titles
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Jarod Kehl had been working for this. Perhaps at a cost for the West Allegheny junior, too. But who cares now, right? Kehl tapered for the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, ceding the WPIAL title to Chartiers Valley’s Drew Damich. On Friday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, Kehl’s patience ...
Geibel brother-sister duo finishes 3rd, 2nd at PIAA swim meet
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — It’s not uncommon to see swimmers wearing warmup jackets on the pool deck. It is strange, however, at least around Central Pennsylvania, to see one with “Paco” where the swimmer’s name should be, stitched in gold, cursive writing. That moniker would belong to John Paul Zimcosky, Geibel’s sprinter with the ...
West Mifflin senior finishes 2nd in 100-yard butterfly
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Tough deal for Brad Kolesar. The West Mifflin senior lowered his WPIAL record in the 100-yard butterfly at Friday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, yet Kolesar, who finished in 50.66 seconds, wasn’t awarded a gold medal. That went to Corry Area’s Brent Benedict, who missed the PIAA record ...
Freeport’s Otwell places 7th in IM
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Freeport senior Bria Otwell has her own unique way of doing things. Swimming happens to be one of those activities. “I’ve found a new approach to swimming: to not be so dead-on serious,” Otwell said. Otwell takes her swimming serious enough, as evidenced by the seventh-place finish she enjoyed Friday at ...
Highlands freshman nets PIAA bronze in 200 IM
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett’s debut was a successful one. The Highlands freshman took third Friday in the 200-yard individual medley to medal at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Bonnett, the WPIAL champion in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, finished with a time of ...
Greensburg C.C. junior takes fifth in 100 butterfly at PIAA meet
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — First, West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar noticed it. Then, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brian Uhrin turned his head and saw the same thing. Early in the boys 100-yard butterfly race at Friday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, Kolesar and Uhrin spotted Corry Area’s Brent Benedict way ahead of the pack. “I ...
Upper St. Clair, North Allegheny swimmers shine at PIAA championship meet
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Zach Buerger figured that with the history between his North Allegheny swim and diving team and Upper St. Clair, the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium couldn’t help but be close. Buerger was right. And another layer developed in this friendly rivalry, one that almost turned ...
Latrobe girls swim to 4th-place finish at PIAA meet
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — After finishing fourth here last year, the Latrobe girls didn’t want to experience a letdown at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium for the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships. Sure, Connecticut recruit Maddie Hoopes and others were gone. But that was no excuse, Wildcats coach Grey Arrigonie said. “When (the ...
Upper St. Clair’s Dudzinski sets new state record with gold medal swim
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Upper St. Clair’s Ryan Dudzinski would look at the PIAA record for Class AAA boys 100-yard butterfly and cringe. That’s because it was set in 2011 by Andrew Kosic of WC Henderson — whom Ryan’s older brother, Kyle, finished third to that year. After Ryan Dudzinski’s blistering 100 fly Wednesday ...
Norwin’s Painter faces difficult test at PIAA swimming championships
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — As the awards were presented for the PIAA Class AAA girls 200-yard individual medley Wednesday, Hershey’s Meaghan Raab came rushing to the front of Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, tugging her warmup suit on in a rush. Given how far ahead she was during the race, you might have thought ...
Quaker Valley senior swim captain continues to improve
By Karen Kadilak
Matt Noel has come a long way in his third season on the Quaker Valley boys swimming team. Noel, a senior, will compete individually and on ...
Antenucci enjoys Baldwin spotlight with career-best effort
By Ray Fisher
Brendan Antenucci finished the boys’ 100-yard backstroke event exhausted, but excited. The senior athlete grabbed center stage for the Baldwin swimming program at the WPIAL Class ...
Shady Side swimmer talks about life in, out of the pool
By Marty Stewart
Two weeks ago at the WPIAL swimming championships, Brendan Leech qualified in four events for this week’s PIAA meet. He finished third in the 100 ...
Softball waits as Plum swimmer completes season at state meet
By Michael Love
For the past week and a half, Plum sophomore Hannah Adamski has walked the line between her winter and spring sports seasons. She qualified for the ...
Gateway’s Caprara hopes to make waves in final meet
By Michael Love
Alex Caprara swims his final high school event Thursday when he competes in the boys 100 breast at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University. Caprara is the No. 4 seed in the event after taking second with a time of 57.21 at the WPIAL championship Feb. 28 at Pitt’s ...
Chartiers Valley swimmers looking for PIAA success
By Nathan Smith
The Chartiers Valley boys freestyle relay team proved how much experience can matter at the WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championships. The foursome of juniors ...
Latrobe, Derry swimmers, divers set for PIAA championship meet
By Karen Kadilak
The Latrobe girls swimming team expects strong relays to pay off at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell University. The Wildcats ...
Geibel’s Zimcosky siblings, Mt. Pleasant’s Nelson ready for state swimming championships
By Jason Black
Geibel sophomore Emily Zimcosky has an interesting way of looking at the PIAA Class AA Swimming Championships. “It’s kind of like the ‘Hunger Games,’ ” she said. “We’ll go in and see who can last.” In the fictitious “Hunger Games,” a group of teenagers fight for their survival in front of a ...
Mars boys swimmers bask in WPIAL gold
By Joe Sager
It’s quality over quantity for the Mars boys swim team. That’s how it’s always been and this year is no different, as the Planets team captured ...