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Elizeus fares well at final WPIAL meet

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville resident and Oakland Catholic senior Alexandra Elizeus knows a thing or two about reaching the medals podium at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool.

She brought home about a dozen individual and relay medals in her four years, and last week's WPIAL championship meet was no exception.

Elizeus took home four medals — two in individual events and two more in relays — and she also will be making a return trip to states, set for March 15 and 16 at Bucknell University.

“I was really happy with my WPIAL performances this year,” Elizeus said.

“It was bittersweet because it was my last WPIAL meet. But I am really excited for states, and I hope I can tear it up there.”

Elizeus started this year's WPIAL meet with a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 57.90 was more than a second faster than her seed time of 59.12.

Her time also was fast enough to earn a spot at states. The top three finishers in each individual and relay event at WPIALs automatically qualified for states, and additional qualifiers from the 12 PIAA districts also were picked to fill out the entry lists.

Elizeus also will swim at states as part of the 200 free relay after the relay swam to a time of 1:39.05 and placed fifth overall. The team is seeded 16th at the PIAA meet.

On the second day of WPIALs, Elizeus started with an eighth-place finish in the 100 backstroke, and her time of 57.93 has her seeded 17th at states.

Elizeus capped off her WPIAL career by helping the Oakland Catholic 400 free relay earn a silver medal with a time of 3:30.30, almost eight seconds faster than their seed time. North Allegheny won the girls 400 relay title with a WPIAL-record time of 3:26.55.

The Oakland Catholic girls finished second to North Allegheny for the fourth straight year.

On the boys side, Monroeville's Brian Corletti, a sophomore at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, returned to WPIALs, and he finished 20th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.37.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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