Shady Side swim teams shine at WPIAL meet
It was a successful weekend for the Shady Side Academy swim teams at the WPIAL Class AA championships.
The boys and girls both finished in seventh place, and the Indians will send eight swimmers to the PIAA championships March 14 and 15 at Bucknell University.
“We had a lot of swimmers do well, and we'll be hoping for some more positive results at states,” SSA coach John Landreth said. “We'll be working hard in the pool in hopes of earning some medals and beating some personal best times.”
SSA claimed 10 medals for top-eight finishers and had four swimmers place in the top 16.
Caroline Colville claimed a gold medal in the 200 free, and she finished fifth in the 500 free. She also took fourth in the 200 medley relay along with Lindsey Miller, Emily Jaffe and Ashley Azzarello.
The boys 200 medley relay team of Zac Coughlin, Luke Pellegrini, Ethan Forgas and Frank Benckart finished 13th, and the boys 400 free relay team of Lehman, Leech, Benckart and Jason Weis took fourth.
In the boys 200 free, Brendan Leech finished third, and Jason Weis came in 10th.
Leech also finished third in the 100 backstroke. Azzarello claimed second in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 backstroke for the girls with Andrew Lehman taking third for the boys in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free. The boys 200 free relay team of Lehman, Weis, Benckart and Leech finished fourth.
Jaffe claimed 13th place in the 100 fly, and the girls 400 free relay team of Azzarello, Colville, Rachael Roman and Jaffe came in eighth.
The Indians' PIAA qualifiers are:
Caroline Colville — 200, 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay
Ashley Azzarello — 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay
Emily Jaffe — 200 medley relay
Lindsey Miller — 200 medley relay
Brendan Leech — 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 and 400 free relays
Andrew Lehman — 50 freestyle, 200 and 400 free relays
Jason Weis — 200 and 400 free relays
Frank Benckart — 200 and 400 free relay
In the Class AAA championships, Fox Chapel's Noah Cagley finished in seventh place in the boys 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle.
He qualified for states in both events while breaking his own record in the 200 and 100 freestyle.
For the girls, Franny Dean finished in seventh place in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 IM and qualified for states in both events.
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