Indiana makes school history
Indiana dropped down from Class AAA to AA this season in swimming but the Little Indians landed above some of their competitors Thursday.
Indiana captured its first ever girl's individual event and relay race at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt's Trees Pool.
"It is neat to see how we stack up against the teams in AA," Indiana coach Mark Hess said. "We have had a successful season and had some pretty remarkable swims."
The first was the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Jennifer Beatty, Sarah Rice, Abbey Doran and Jessica Kennedy won the event in a time of 1 minute 53.44 seconds. Three events later, Doran captured gold in the 50 freestyle at 24.60, breaking Indiana's school record.
"I felt so confident when I got here," Doran said. "I was a little nervous too. But we are doing so well. It is nice to be up there with the top teams."
Indiana is in second place with a score of 86 points. Oakland Catholic leads with 107, despite only winning one relay, the 200 freestyle relay.
"We had solid swims, but not outstanding swims," Oakland Catholic coach Alisa Scioscia said. "Indiana is swimming awesome. We feel honored to be among the top teams."
Shady Side Academy is first in the boy's Class AA competition with 118 points over Laurel Highlands with 81. Bethel Park leads the girl's teams in Class AAA by the largest margin of the meet, a 63.50 point lead over North Allegheny, 158.50 to 95. Seneca Valley is a close third with 94 points.
In the boys' Class AAA, Gateway has 123 points, and is ahead of Mt. Lebanon and Central Catholic. Gateway coach Herman DeMao said his team is happy to be in first, but most likely not have enough depth for today's events.
The top three finishers in both individual events and relays in Class AAA and top four in Class AA automatically qualify for the PIAA championships March 16-19 at Bucknell. All the rest of the times will be put into a database. The next 16 times in the individual events from all teams across the state and the next eight relay events will advance to the PIAA competition. The additional qualifiers will be determined Tuesday.
Only one record was broken yesterday.
Shady Side Academy senior Tyler Scheid bettered his mark of 51.89 set last year with a swim of 51.31. In addition to Scheid, Casey Wagner won the 200 freestyle. Shady Side Academy also won the boy's 200 freestyle relay. Other area winners include, Laurel Highlands which won the Class AA boys 200 medley relay behind Adam Collins, Steve Hunchuck, Chris Hunchuck and Tony Marghella who raced it in 1:43.15. Yough's Kelsey Grushecky won the Class AA 100 butterfly with a time of 56.21.