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Roth, Pritchard leading swimmers in Baldwin varsity program

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Senior Nick Roth and freshman Jillian Pritchard will be leading the Baldwin swimming teams into the WPIAL Class AAA championships next month.

Both have qualified in a host of events for the finals to be held at Trees Pool on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Roth, one of four senior competitors at Baldwin this season, has qualified in the boys' 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, 200 intermediate medley, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke events.

He also is a member of all three Baldwin boys' relay qualifiers.

“Nick is our team captain and top all-around male swimmer,” Wendy Lutz, Baldwin's head coach, said. “His goal this year is to qualify for WPIALs in every individual event. Currently, he still needs the 50 free and 100 back cut.

“Nick is an extremely focused, dedicated athlete. He is goal-oriented, and is committed to do whatever it takes to reach those goals. He sets the bar high and is an excellent role model for our team.”

Pritchard, a freshman standout for the Baldwin girls' team, has qualified in the girls' 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, 200 intermediate medley and 100 butterfly.

She also is a member of Baldwin's girls' WPIAL-qualifying 400 freestyle relay unit.

“Jillian has an exciting future in high school swimming,” Lutz said. “She has a real shot at breaking some of the (Baldwin) high school records this year, including my 500 free record.

“Jillian brings talent and spunk to our girls' team. She has helped to make our girls' team more focused and competitive.”

Other Baldwin boys' team qualifiers include juniors Trey Brown, in the 200 and 500 freestyle events; Brendan Hoydick (100 backstroke), Brendan Antenucci (100 backstroke) and Zach Ward (50 freestyle).

All three Baldwin boys' relay units, which are made up by Ward, Roth, Brown, Antenucci and Hoydick, also have qualified for the WPIAL finals.

The Lady Highlanders' 400 freestyle relayers consist of Pritchard, junior Sara Conklin, junior Kaylee Krugh and freshman Katie Werner.

Two Baldwin team members, senior Fallon Ferrari and junior Zach Murray, have qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.

Through nine meets, Baldwin's boys' team had compiled a 5-4 overall record, while Baldwin's girls' team was 1-8.

“We were hit hard by illness (recently); we had 50 percent of our kids out,” Lutz said. “The girls lost two meets that we would have won if we had a full squad.”

“Our issue is numbers. Our overall team is much smaller than in past years. Although our record may not reflect it, we are having great success. The kids are working hard and dropping time every time they step on the block.”

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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