TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Baldwin's swimmers, divers anticipating successful postseason results

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Top high school sports

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Jennifer Goga
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
 

The Baldwin boys' and girls' swimming teams have changed their focus from last year, when the boys' team fell just short of winning the section.

After losing 12 seniors to graduation, both squads have set their sights on reaching individual goals and attaining post-season success.

“This year, the talent is there, but the depth is not. But I expect us to have our best postseason ever,” said Wendy Lutz, Baldwin's eighth-year head coach.

Lutz predicts Baldwin will send a record 10 individual qualifiers to the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet later in the season, and is confident all six relays will qualify as well.

Three Baldwin swimmers and two divers already have qualified.

Nick Roth, a senior, qualified in the boys' 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Juniors Brendan Antenucci and Brendan Hoydick qualified in the 100 backstroke.

Roth, Antenucci, Hoydick and junior Trey Brown also qualified in the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relays.

Sara Conklin, a junior, is close to qualifying in the girls' 100 butterfly.

“Our diving team is bigger than ever this year,” Lutz said. “We have so many that we have two girls that we roster on the boys' team.”

Senior Fallon Ferrari and junior Zach Murray already have qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA diving finals.

Along with Ferrari, junior Jill McDonnell and sophomore Dominique Cozza are diving for the girls' team.

Diving for the Baldwin boys' team are Murray, junior Adam Arnold, and freshmen Samantha Conklin and Madison Pavlick.

The girls' relays are also expected to qualify for the WPIAL championships.

Swimmers expected to compete for spots on those relay units include juniors Kaylee Krugh and Sara Conklin, sophomore Ali Ryan, plus freshmen Jillian Pritchard, Katy Werner and Jennifer Popovski.

Remaining team members include Nate Benton, Wyatt Sullivan, Allie Claherty, Natalie Garda, Bryan Ihrig, Jill McDonnell, Zach Ward, Nick Depretis, Daniel Maloney, Tom Schaefer, Carlee Wroblewski, Terrence Ahlin, Samantha Conklin, Sarah Hanson and Allison Miller.

“I'm expecting a very competitive dual meet season,” Lutz said. “But this is going to be one of those years where we can't let our record define our success.”

Jennifer Goga is a freelance writer.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. McCullers’, McLendon’s prowess in clogging trenches crucial to Steelers defense
  2. Rossi: Looking at the next great Steeler
  3. Steelers swap draft pick for Eagles cornerback
  4. Penguins not alone in top-heavy approach to salary cap
  5. Reds solve Cole, stave off Pirates’ 9th-inning rally
  6. Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site
  7. Pirates notebook: New acquisition Happ more than happy to fill spot in rotation
  8. Starting 9: Examining Pirates’ deadline decisions
  9. After early criticism, Haley has Steelers offense poised to be even better
  10. Biertempfel: Players, MLB agree logic of season’s setup needs to be examined
  11. Inside the Steelers: QB Jones continues to get majority of snaps