TribLIVE

| Sports

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

Norwin swimmer among top seeds at WPIAL championship meet

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 12:31 a.m.
 

After taking a year off from the Norwin swim team, Kathryn Painter is back in a big way.

The Knights junior enters the WPIAL swimming and diving championships at Pitt as the Class AAA top seed in the girls 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley.

She is joined by Yough sophomore Madison Nestor as the only students at schools in the Daily News region to earn top seeds. Nestor posted the best qualifying time in the girls Class AA 100 breaststroke.

East Allegheny sophomore Brian Fox is seeded second in the Class AA boys 50 freestyle.

Painter, who competed exclusively for the Norwin Aqua Club during her sophomore season, was hoping to continue her success after recently setting meet records in both events at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships.

“In the 500, she just looked so strong,” Norwin coach Neil Rushnock said. “The further she went, the more and more the other swimmers faded back. She just kept going. She was so strong the whole way, the first lap through to the last lap.”

Painter also will swim on two relay teams — the 200 medley, seeded fourth, and 400 freestyle, seeded seventh — for Norwin at the WPIAL event, which will be Thursday and Friday at Trees Pool.

Other Daily News-area top-10 individual qualifiers include Eric Booth of Norwin, seventh in the boys 200 individual medley and 10th in the 100 breaststroke; Mark Patterson of Norwin, sixth in the boys 100 backstroke; Woodland Hills' Claudia Zido, 10th in the girls 200 freestyle; and Norwin's Hannah Rusinko, seventh in the girls 100 backstroke, all in Class AAA.

Also, Brad Kolesar of West Mifflin, third in the boys 100 backstroke and fourth in the boys 100 butterfly; Arli Tilves of West Mifflin, eighth in the girls 200 individual medley; Mary Cooper of Elizabeth Forward, ninth in the 50 freestyle; and Jessica Cochran of Yough, third in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 backstroke, all in Class AA.

With Booth among its swimmers, the Norwin boys 200 medley relay team enters the event seeded eighth in Class AAA.

Elsewhere, the Elizabeth Forward girls 200 freestyle relay team is ranked third in Class AA, while the West Mifflin boys 200 medley relay team and the Elizabeth Forward boys 200 freestyle relay team both are ranked ninth in Class AA.

Trib Total Media staff writer Doug Gulasy contributed. Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at dmackall@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. 10 of Jon Stewart’s highlights from ‘The Daily Show’
  2. U.S. asks Supreme Court to reinstate convictions of portfolio managers who won on appeal
  3. Man wounded in Marshall-Shadeland shooting
  4. Warrant issued for man accused of killing Brookline woman
  5. Mon Valley school districts wait out budget impasse
  6. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  7. Feds eye use of federal dollars for ads for for-profit colleges
  8. Campy’s nabs final playoff spot
  9. Roundup: Shell to cut jobs to cope with prolonged period of cheap oil; U.S. Corrugated building $43.5M plant in California; more
  10. Facebook ready to test giant drone
  11. Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect