Experience strength of FC swim team
The Fox Chapel Area High School swim teams had a strong 2011-12 campaign as the girls finished with a 10-2 record and the boys ended up 8-4.
The Foxes qualified 18 swimmers for the WPIAL championships in 77 events while the diving team, coached by Vernon Yennick, had three qualifiers.
It was also a record-setting year for a pair of returning swimmers.
Senior Zihan Su set new school records in the 100 backstroke and 200 intermediate while fellow senior Scott Sterrett set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke. They each qualified for eight WPIAL events.
Coach Todd Clark, who will be assisted by new coach Erin Bruni, will have a lot of senior leadership to work with as the team returns seven seniors on the boys squad and four on the girls.
Along with Sterrett and Su, seniors for the boys are David Ahn, Travis Eckman, Ryan Foster, Jake Gerger and Taj Singh. Senior girls are Alexis Boyd, Claire McCarthy, Anna Mucci and Amanda Todd.
Much of the girls success will ride on the shoulders of junior Sia Beasley, a three-year starter who qualified in seven WPIAL events last year.
Other juniors are Paula Lee-Oesterreich, Adlai Nelson and Paige Neid.
Sophomores on the team are Sanders Bennett, Maura Clark, Franny Dean, Emily Eames, Faith Kim, Victoria Souza and Miranda Simon.
Freshmen who could contribute are Kelly Arel, Erin Curry, Maddie Dimedio, Emme Germanos, Nicola Lee-Oesterreich, Autumn Moorhouse, Emily Trageser, Olivia Van Dyke and Freesia Vettier.
Juniors on the boys side are Dante Cordaro, Robert Graham, Addison Lynch and Kyle Pawlowski.
Sophomores are Noah Cagley, Gerry Chen, Ian Gillespie, Will Kolbrener, Andres Marcos, Andrew Siar and John Zottola.
They will be joined by freshmen Christopher Esch, Logan Foster, Michael Kuhn, Stephen Polcyn and Konrad Urban.
The Foxes will find themselves in a new section this year due to realignment.
North Allegheny is gone and new opponents will include Oakland Catholic, Central Catholic and Allderdice. Despite the new challenges, Clark expects the Foxes to have another successful campaign.
“We lost some good seniors but we expect this year's seniors to be a strong group,” Clark said. “Our underclassmen should also contribute.”
Yenick's diving squad should also be strong as the Foxes boast six returning divers.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.