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Norwin swimmer Patterson meeting his goals

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 ...

Several Plum swimmers close to WPIAL qualifying cuts
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls swim teams are at the middle point of their January schedule, and head coach Shawn Haupt said he hopes ...
Franklin Regional divers hoping to improve on WPIAL finishes
By Michael Love
Andrew Sederholm and Kevin Schon each dove at WPIALs last year as sophomores. Sederholm took sixth and qualified for states, while Schon placed 14th. Both were named ...
Gateway swimmers and divers in midst of a key section week
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys and girls swimming and diving teams competed only once in the past month entering Tuesday’s meet with Section 3-AAA foe Fox ...
Freshman swimmer Cummings earns wins for Shady Side Academy
By Marty Stewart
Shady Side Academy freshman swimmer Meredith Cummings won the 50-yard freestyle and was part of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard free relay teams last ...
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 ...
Chartiers Valley senior looks to defend WPIAL swim titles
By Karen Kadilak
Having dominated WPIAL Class AA the past two seasons, Chartiers Valley senior Drew Damich does not expect to slow down after being moved by the ...
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 ...
Chartiers Valley swimming and diving shifting focus to individuals
By Gary Horvath
A classification jump has the Chartiers Valley boys swimming team shifting its focus a bit this season. Last season, the Colts finished third at the ...
Thomas Jefferson boys, girls teams aiming for section success
By Jennifer Goga
Thomas Jefferson’s boys’ and girls’ swimming teams dive into their section schedule today, Thursday, against East Allegheny. Both squads opened the week with 2-3 records, and ...
Memories of captain keep Hempfield swimmers afloat
By Kevin Lohman
It’s been little more than two weeks since the death of Hempfield senior swim team captain Judson Shiffler in a traffic accident. On Tuesday, the Spartans ...
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 ...
South Fayette swimming and diving reasserts championship hopes
By Gary Horvath
The South Fayette girls swimming team had a familiar finish at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational on Dec. 30. Just like in last season’s WPIAL Class ...
Chartiers Valley diver has Olympic aspirations
By Karen Kadilak
A reigning USA Diving Junior East National Champion, Chartiers Valley senior Maria Lohman aims to compete in the Olympics one day. Believing that University of North ...
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 ...
Latrobe girls swim team has high expectations again
By Karen Kadilak
Led by senior Monica Sowinski and bolstered by a large freshman class, the Latrobe girls swimming team expects to be among top squads in the ...
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. ...
Jump to Class AAA a challenge for West Allegheny swimmers
By Karen Kadilak
Having been moved by the league from Class AA to AAA, the West Allegheny girls swimming team does not expect to repeat as a WPIAL ...
Hempfield swim team captain dies of car crash injuries
By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area High School’s swim team lost its captain Tuesday, a senior described as an accomplished and popular athlete and scholar. Judson Shiffler, 18, of West ...
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 ...
North Hills swimmer Lovasik headed to Pitt
By Karen Kadilak
Having signed a letter of intent with the Pitt men’s team, North Hills senior Brian Lovasik will continue his swimming career close to home next ...
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 ...
Norwin relay team sets sights on record book
By Nathan Smith
Expectations were high for the Norwin girls 400-yard freestyle relay team heading into the season as all four swimmers from the team that competed at ...
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 ...
Ligonier girls swim team defeats Huntingdon
By Sharon L. Davis
The Ligonier Valley High School swim team began the new 2014-15 swim season with a loss Dec. 8 to Hollidaysburg, 98-70 girls team and 92-73 ...
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 ...
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 ...