Monroeville-based teams fare well at ESA championship meets
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Six Monroeville-based swim clubs capped their 2014 summer seasons at the Eastern Swim Association's Division I and II championships on July 26.
They joined nine other area swim clubs at the championships. Division I and II were at the home pools of White Oak and Forest Hills, respectively.
Murrysville edged Meadowink, also from the Murrysville area, to claim the top spot in Division I, while Forest Hills was victorious in Division II.
Points were awarded up to sixth place — 14-10-8-6-4-2 for relays and 7-5-4-3-2-1 for individuals — to determine each club's overall team score.
Gateway Heights, which claimed the Monroeville Invitational title on July 12, finished tied for fourth with White Oak with 149 points.
Murrysville scored 222 points to 215 for second-place Meadowink, and Plum Aqua took third with 157 points.
Haymaker was sixth with 127 points, while Foxwood placed seventh (75).
The three Monroeville clubs in Division I combined for seven individual or relay victories.
Gateway Heights earned two individual and two relay firsts.
The boys 12 and under 100-yard medley relay of Connor Vogel, Evren Cetin, Jacob Whisner and Aral Muftuoglu placed first with a time of 1 minute, 7.68 seconds.
Grant Lundgren touched the wall first in the boys 9-10 25 free (15.50), while Nathan Gabriel took first in the boys 11-12 50 free (32.76).
Adding a relay first for Gateway Heights was the boys 12 and under 100 free relay of Gabriel, Vogel, Muftuoglu and Andrew Nicolazzo (1:02.36).
Haymaker's boys 13-18 200 medley relay of Patrick Reilly, Jacob Alfer, Mitchell Wohlfarth and Ben Mendez took first with a time of 1:58.28.
Individually, Haymaker's Olivia Livingston took top honors with a time of 29.13 in the girls 11-12 50 free. She was the only one in the event to break 30 seconds.
Emma Winchell did the same for Haymaker in the girls 13-18 50 free with a winning time of 29.25.
Foxwood didn't have a first-place finish, but its boys 18 and under 100 breaststroke relay of Chris Kendall, Luke Dipalma, Sam Passalinqua and Sam Dipalma placed second with a time of 1:19.49.
The club's 13-18 200 free relay of Sam and Jake Passalinqua, Alex Thomas and Jake Beley also was second (1:47.03).
Murrysville and Meadowink combined to win 18 of the 30 events.
The seven teams also competed in dual meets throughout June and July, and Murrysville finished first in Division I with a 6-0-1 record. Meadowink was second (5-1-1).
Gateway Heights and Plum Aqua tied for third at 4-3, but Gateway Heights won the head-to-head meeting between the clubs.
White Oak (3-4), Haymaker (1-6) and Foxwood (1-6) rounded out the Division I standings.
Forest Hills (231 points) and Edgewood (188 points) took the top two spots, while Monroeville's Park was a close third with 171 points.
Monroeville clubs Bel-Aire (126) and Garden City (114) were fourth and sixth, respectively, out of the eight teams in the field.
Park took first in four events — all relays.
The boys 13-18 200 medley relay of Noah Smith, Brian Corletti, Tommy Kromka and Jackson Perry was first in a time of 2:02.76, and it was joined in the winner's circle by the girls 12 and under 100 medley relay of Mary Kromka, Sydney Perry, Jenna Guido and Macy Perry (1:10.81).
Also taking relay firsts for Park were the girls 18 and under 100 butterfly relay of Jordan Guido, Jenna Guido, Skye Roach and Christina Grieco (1:10.68) and the girls 12 and under 100 free relay of Sydney Perry, Macy Perry, Jenna Guido and Kromka (1:01.21).
Bel-Aire took home firsts in two relays.
The girls 18 and under 100 breaststroke relay of Hannah Mitchell, Paige Bernardi, Victoria Walker and Kyrie Bernardi placed first in a time of 1:19.62, while the boys 13-18 200 free relay of Adam Wipprecht, Danny Gavlik, Zac Janocko and Michael Bushnell bested the field in a time of 1:53.34.
Garden City's Savannah Plaskon brought home a victory in the girls 13-14 50 free with a time of 30.28.
She was Garden City's lone first-place finisher.
Forest Hills won on the strength of a combined 12 firsts in the relays and individual events.
Forest Hills also claimed the top spot in the dual-meet season with a 7-0 mark.
Edgewood was second, Bel-Aire (4-3) and Rosedale (4-3) tied for third and Park (3-4) and Garden City (3-4) tied for fifth. Bel-Aire and Park won the head-to-head standings tiebreakers with Rosedale and Garden City, respectively.�
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter@Mlove_Trib.
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