Alle-Kiski Valley Campus Clippings: Bonnett goes All-American again
Another record-breaking swim made Bailey Bonnett an NCAA All-American for the second consecutive season.
Bonnett, a Highlands graduate and sophomore at Kentucky, earned first-team All-American honors after finishing fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas.
Bonnett’s time of 2 minutes, 6.91 seconds broke her school record of 2:07.17, set at last season’s Southeastern Conference championships. Her fifth-place finish matched what she accomplished at least season’s NCAA championships.
Houston: Junior Peyton Kondis (Plum/Oakland Catholic) broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA championships, registering a time of 2:10.30 in the preliminary rounds. That surpassed per career best of 2:10.62. She also competed in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, where she recorded a season-best time of 59.83 seconds.
IUP: Senior Matt Swartz (Freeport) ranks third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with six home runs. He’s batting .429, good for fifth in the conference, and has an .839 slugging percentage (second) and .543 on-base percentage (third).
Mount Aloysius: Sophomore Jeremy Iellimo (Valley) ripped a season-high four hits, including a pair of triples, scored four runs and drove in three more in a 12-11 win over Wilson. Iellimo tied the score with a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning, then scored the winning run. He’s batting .317 with two doubles, two triples and eight RBIs.
Carlow: Sophomore Kasey Wolford (Burrell) went 1 for 3 with two RBIs in a 12-1 victory over Washington and Jefferson.
Franciscan: Freshman Anna Swierczewski (St. Joseph) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Swierczewski went 11 for 15 with a homer, two doubles, seven RBIs and five runs scored to help Franciscan sweep nonconference doubleheaders against Waynesburg and Washington and Jefferson. She hit 7 for 8 against Waynesburg with two doubles and three RBIs, drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly in a 3-2 win over Washington and Jefferson and then homered and knocked in three in a 7-3 victory over the Presidents. Swierczewski is hitting .390 with three doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs.
Mount Aloysius: Freshman Emily Cochran (Highlands) went 3 for 3 with three RBIs in a 5-4 win over Chatham in the first game of a doubleheader. She also earned the victory in relief, pitching four innings of one-run ball and striking out four. In the second game, a 6-5 Mount Aloysius victory, Cochran hit a bases-clearing triple to help her team rally from a 5-1 deficit to win. She’s batting .382 with a double, triple and six RBIs and is 3-0 with one save and a 1.48 ERA in the circle.
Pitt-Johnstown: Sophomore Kristie Radvan (Freeport) was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Central Division Softball Player of the Week on Monday. Over four games, Radvan batted .429 with a homer, two doubles and six RBIs. She homered and doubled, driving in three runs, in a 3-2 victory over Shippensburg on Sunday and also had a double and three RBIs in a doubleheader split at Millersville earlier in the week. For the season, Radvan is batting .351 with two homers, five doubles and 12 RBIs.
Saint Vincent: Freshman Celia Knappenberger (Knoch) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Knappenberger, who leads the league in ERA (1.49) and strikeouts (40), had two wins and a save for the Bearcats, including a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Juniata in the second game of a doubleheader. For the week she gave up six earned runs in 25 innings and struck out 21, including eight in the victory over Juniata.
Pitt-Greensburg: Marc Bucci, a Plum graduate, was named coach at Pitt-Greensburg. A former Pitt-Greensburg assistant, Bucci was an assistant at Pitt-Johnstown last season, the school at which he played his college soccer from 2009-12. He also coached the Gateway boys team and led the Gators to their first playoff appearance in nine years in 2016. He was a four-year starting midfielder at UPJ after earning All-WPIAL honors at Plum.
Slippery Rock: Junior Lacey Cohen (Fox Chapel) had wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles as The Rock beat West Liberty, 7-0, on Sunday.
Thiel: Senior Abby Bowser (Freeport/Lenape Technical) earned a win at doubles in the Tomcats’ 8-1 loss to Daemen.
Track and field
Pitt: Sophomore Nikki Scherer (Burrell) finished fourth in the 400-meter run at the FSU Relays, clocking a personal-best time of 54.57 seconds. She also ran with the 400 relay team, which finished fifth, and the 1,600 relay, which came in sixth at the meet.