By Katie Foglia
The success achieved by Norwin High School senior swim captain Mark Patterson has been made possible thanks to planning and practice.
Before every season, Patterson – with the help of coach Neil Rushnock – has outlined a list of goals and mapped out the ways to achieve them.
Patterson has already checked ...
West Allegheny swimmer has Olympic dreams By Karen Kadilak
While West Allegheny senior Jarod Kehl focuses on repeating as state swimming champion in two events, coaches who recruited him to the University of Kentucky ...
Penn-Trafford junior diver Ference continues to improve By Alex Oltmanns
Joe Ference ended last season’s WPIAL Diving Championships standing in third place on the winners podium.
Now, with the district diving championships approaching next month, Ference is looking to climb to the top of that same podium.
With an offseason to commit to his technique and strength, the Penn-Trafford junior is trying ...
Gorman: Hempfield’s race for Jud By Kevin Gorman
Hempfield has learned that sometimes the loss is more profound than the victory.
The school still is reeling from the death of star swimmer Judson Shiffler on Dec. 30 in an auto accident. The Spartans will pay tribute to Shiffler on Tuesday in their meet against Greensburg Salem — their ...
Gorman: Practice not perfect for Central Catholic’s Redman By Kevin Gorman
If practice really makes perfect, Riley Redman would be absolutely pristine.
The Central Catholic senior has done nothing but practice this school year.
A 1,000-yard rusher as a junior, he was relegated to playing for the scout team this past football season. Now, the WPIAL Class AAA seventh-place finisher in diving ...
Mixed bag for Quaker Valley swim teams By Gary Horvath
Last week’s West Allegheny Christmas Invitational wasn’t quite the meet the Quaker Valley swimming and diving teams were hoping for.
For many schools in attendance, the ...
Franklin Regional swimmers return to pool after holiday break By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls swimming and diving teams completed the December portion of their schedules 4-0 overall and opened Section 1-AAA action with a sweep of Norwin.
After a series of challenging workouts over the holiday break, the Panthers are ready to get back to action.
The teams will swim ...
Derry swimmers working toward WPIAL goals By Alex Oltmanns
Jeff Kelly’s goals haven’t changed much in his 22 years as Derry swimming coach.
With the WPIAL championships less than two months away, Kelly has his ...
Greensburg Salem swimmers prepare for new year By Alex Oltmanns
For most people, the start of a new year means making a resolution for the next 12 months.
The Greensburg Salem swimming team is no different.
“I’m actually having my kids sit down and make New Year’s resolutions for the team and for themselves (this) week in practice,” coach Brittany Meyer said. ...
Fox Chapel diver making waves after busy offseason By Marty Stewart
In the final meet of the 2013-14 swimming and diving season, Fox Chapel’s Miranda Simon missed breaking the school record by half of a point.
She wasted no time taking care of that unfinished business, setting the school record in her first diving meet of the 2014-15 season.
The record ...
Ligonier Valley swim team captures wins By Sharon L. Davis
The Ligonier Valley High School swim team swept both road meets, a first for the team. On Dec. 18 the boys team defeated Central Cambria, ...
Plum swim teams gearing up for stretch By Michael Love
When the Plum varsity boys and girls swim teams return to action Jan. 8 against Section 3-AAA newcomer Brashear at 6 p.m. at Plum High School, head coach Shawn Haupt said he hopes to see his swimmers use the experience from the five December meets to their advantage.
He also wants ...
Gateway swim and diving teams gear up for stretch run By Michael Love
As the Gateway varsity boys and girls swimming and diving teams start competition in the new year, co-head swim coaches Garret Schmidt and Dawn Nicolazzo and diving head coach Mehran Hedjazi hope that efforts in meets and practices from December will give them a boost.
The December portion of the schedule ...
Penn Hills swim team hopes to bounce back from early adversity By Ed Phillipps
In her first season as Penn Hills swimming coach, Jen Price quickly is learning the job goes beyond the pool.
A math teacher at the high school, Price has become accustomed to her athletes popping into her room before and after classes to talk strategy.
“They like to talk to ...
Shady Side Academy swimmer Coughlin piling up 1st-place finishes By Marty Stewart
Shady Side Academy sophomore swimmer Zac Coughlin recorded first-place finishes last week against Brentwood in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Against Mars, he was part of the winning 200 free relay team.
For his efforts, he is ...
Penn-Trafford swim coach records 500th win By Nathan Smith
When Dave Babik took over as coach of the Penn-Trafford swimming and diving teams in 1991, he placed a focus on trying to build tradition within a program that had very little before he arrived.
Earlier this month, he added to that tradition that has been built over the last 23 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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