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North Allegheny girls swim team seeking 7th straight title

By Karen Kadilak
Heavily favored to win its seventh consecutive WPIAL title, the North Allegheny girls swimming team is focusing on capturing its first state championship in 17 ...

Canevin swimmers looking for success
By Nathan Smith
While the Bishop Canevin High School mascot is the Crusader, “nomad” might better fit the swim team. The boys and girls squads have no home pool for competitions. Bishop Canevin practice six days a week at the Pittsburgh Classical Academy in the West End. But every competition is at the opponent’s ...
Penn-Trafford girls 200 free relay team hungry for more success
By Nathan Smith
When the foursome of Devon Davenport, Emily Graziano, Audra Ragan and Emma Winchell were first put together to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay at ...
Norwin swimming returning talent, building depth
By Nathan Smith
For once, the Norwin swimming team is adding swimmers instead of dropping in numbers. While the Knights had struggled with graduating more athletes than they brought in, their fortunes are reversed this season. They lost several seniors but have picked up 14 new swimmers. “We have 22 boys and 21 girls,” coach ...
Dryland training boosts Franklin Regional swimmers’ performances
By Andrew John
The Franklin Regional swim season has started the way the coaches and athletes expected with nonsection victories for both the girls and boys teams over Seneca Valley and Blackhawk. As the coaching staff starts to increase the intensity in practice, there are hopes a change in their day-to-day routine will pay ...
Thomas Jefferson swim team energized by sweeps at Canon-McMillan
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson swept the top three places in four events in dual-meet action at Canon-McMillan earlier this week. The TJ trio of junior David Etzi, sophomore Josef Raszewski and senior Josh Francis took first, second and third place in the boys’ one-meter diving event. TJ backstroke specialists — sophomore Shannon Gallagher, freshman ...
Freeport’s Otwell, Knoch’s Zukowski ready for another duel in the pool
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell knows to expect a difficult race when competing against Brooke Zukowski. The Freeport senior grew up swimming with Zukowski, a Knoch sophomore, at ...
Connellsville boys, Mt. Pleasant girls swim to wins
By Jason Black
Connellsville swim coach Marie Nedley and Mt. Pleasant coach Sandy Felice each saw what they wanted to see during Thursday’s nonsection meet between the teams ...
Dudzinski, Minuth hope to lead USC swimming to WPIAL title this season
By Karen Kadilak
The prospect of pleasant weather year-round persuaded Upper St. Clair senior Ryan Dudzinski to continue his swimming career at Stanford University next year. Dudzinski — a ...
PIAA qualifier Simon leads talented group of Fox Chapel divers
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel diving team has been on an upswing for the past few years, and coach Vernon Yenick believes this year’s edition will also be a strong one. “The team looks great this year despite having no home pool due to construction,” he said. The team has been practicing ...
Baldwin alum Johnson dives into his new head-coaching role
By Jennifer Goga
The Baldwin boys’ and girls’ swim teams are focusing on long-term goals as they enter the 2014-15 season. Ryan Johnson takes over as head coach after six years as a Baldwin assistant. Johnson is concentrating on recruiting and keeping swimmers year to year. With increased academic pressures on student-athletes, he ...
Quaker Valley swimming, diving squads seeking another record season
By Gary Horvath
Last year, the Quaker Valley boys and girls swimming and diving teams each had their best season in program history. When this season is over, coach Sue Morgan thinks her teams will be saying the exact same thing. The Quakers — who are a cooperative team with Sewickley Academy — finished second ...
Ligonier Valley swim team gets boost
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School swim team opened the 2014-15 season Dec. 8 when they played host to Hollidaysburg. Last season all but five swimmers ...
Trio of A-K Valley swimmers among best in WPIAL, PIAA
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell knows to expect a difficult race when competing against Bailey Bonnett and Brooke Zukowski. The Freeport senior grew up swimming with Bonnett, a ...
Experienced swimmers return for Fox Chapel
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel swim team will have a lot of experienced swimmers returning this season. Senior captains Noah Cagley for the boys and Franny Dean for the girls will be counted on to provide leadership and experience. “They will be instrumental in their team’s success,” FC coach Erin Bruni said. Also ...
Penn-Trafford swimmers look for continued success
By Alex Oltmanns
Since taking over as Penn-Trafford’s swimming and diving coach in 1991, Dave Babik has guided the Warriors to a combined 25 WPIAL championships. But with rival ...
Shady Side Academy swimmers set to start season
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy swim teams are always in the thick of things when the WPIAL and PIAA championships begin, and coach John Landreth feels this season will be no different. “As always, we are going to be working hard to improve our individual times again this year, as well as ...
Returning talent ready to lead Plum swim teams
By Michael Love
The Plum boys and girls swimming and diving teams will be busy this month, as five meets greet the swimmers after a couple of weeks ...
Franklin Regional swimmers set for individual, team quests
By Michael Love
Veteran Franklin Regional swim coach Vic Santoro said his boys and girls team members are looking forward to a season full of big performances, both ...
Gateway swimmers feeling optimistic
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys swimming and diving team went undefeated in section meets in 2013-14. It produced a 7-0 record in section and added a ...
Mt. Pleasant’s young swim squads aided by veterans
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant’s swim program has been blessed with a number of talented athletes in recent seasons, and the 2014-15 season promises to be no exception. ...
Connellsville swim squads looking forward to new season with confidence
By Jason Black
For the Connellsville swim team, a steady, positive progression has been the goal under four-year coach Marie Nedley. Early indications are that the Falcons are on ...
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 ...