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Several Plum swimmers close to WPIAL qualifying cuts

Michael Love
| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Plum's Noah Frederick swims the breaststroke during a practice on Jan. 14, 2015.
Plum's Noah Frederick swims the breaststroke during a practice on Jan. 14, 2015.

The Plum varsity boys and girls swim teams are at the middle point of their January schedule, and head coach Shawn Haupt said he hopes to see more good things down the stretch with six Section 3-AAA meets remaining.

The Mustangs split with Allderdice last week.

The boys won easily, 91-67, with several first-place finishes and other depth in the lineup helping lift the team to a 2-1 section record.

“The boys keep going meet after meet and are swimming strong,” Haupt said. “They are doing exactly what they should do.”

The Plum girls were not as fortunate, as Allderdice scored a 91-77 victory. The team fell to 1-2 in section.

“The girls understand that we don't have as much depth as we would like, but they are swimming their best and trying to drop times in their swims,” Haupt said.

Haupt said that senior Alyssa Friedland and her sister, freshman Ashley Friedland, are both battling injury.

“They are two the girls team needs to help with depth,” Haupt said. “I feel bad for them that they aren't able to swim right now.”

Junior Hannah Adamski, a two-time PIAA qualifier in the 50 free, achieved her WPIAL 100 free qualifying cut against Allderdice.

Senior Nick Figurelli produced a WPIAL cut in the 500 free against Shady Side Academy on Jan. 13.

Haupt said that several other swimmers are getting close to achieving personal WPIAL qualifying times.

Senior Lucas Cerchairo, Haupt said, has achieved a time in the 100 back at several YMCA meets that is lower than the WPIAL qualifying time, but he has to translate that time to high school performances.

Senior Brendan Sante and junior Noah Frederick, Haupt added, have the opportunity for a WPIAL cut time in the 100 back and 100 breast, respectively.

“Brendan has been battling through illness, but he is definitely capable of getting his WPIAL cut,” Haupt said.

Junior John Malinowski is right on his personal best in the 100 fly, Haupt said, and he could reach the WPIAL cut sometime in the next couple of weeks.

On the girls side, freshman Julie Weyant, Haupt said, is swimming some good times in the 100 fly and hopes to drop more time and reach the WPIAL cut for the event.

Plum hosts its next two section meets, starting with McKeesport on Thursday.�

The Mustangs host Woodland Hills on Tuesday before visiting Penn Hills for a meet at Linton Middle School on Jan. 29.

All meets begin at 6 p.m.

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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