P-R’s Dominic Giordano and CV’s Maria Lohman Repeat as WPIAL Diving Champs

Pine-Richland senior Dominic Giordano came into the WPIAL Class AAA Diving Championships as the defending gold medalist and the unquestioned favorite. Giordano did not disappoint the crowd at North Allegheny High School. Not only did he capture his second consecutive gold medal, but Giordano set a new WPIAL finishing the competition with 610.00 points after his 11 dives.

Heading into his last dive, the was no question that the Florida State bound diver would take the top spot, but Giordano’s total was 539.80, 67.70 points off the WPIAL record of 607.30 set by Connor Kuremsky of North Allegheny in 2011.

Giordano admitted afterwards he knew exactly how many points he needed to score to achieve “one of his goals” and set the new record. Giordano, who was mostly flawless throughout the competition, was flawless on his final attempt, netting a total of 70.20 points on the McDonald’s Dive of the Match. In addition to his second consecutive goal medal, Giordano finished third as a sophomore in 2011 and took home the bronze.


Noah Bostick captured the silver medal finishing with 496.65 points. The junior from North Hills was the bronze medalist in 2012. Butler’s Levi Cetti captured this year’s bronze with 461.15 points. Cetti, a junior competing in his 3rd straight championship, was 5th in last year’s meet. Three seniors, Ryan Kennedy from North Hills, Christian Wrigley from North Allegheny and Peters Township’s Cody Pyles placed 4th through 6th respectively and those divers along with the medalists have qualified for the Class AAA PIAA Championships. The State Championships are scheduled for Saturday March 16th at Bucknell University.

Here is the final order of finish:

WPIAL Class AAA Boys 1 Meter Diving

Name                          Year    School                        Total Points

1          Giordano, Dominic   SR       Pine Richland            610.00

         Bostick, Noah            JR       North Hills                 496.65

         Cetti, Levi                   JR       Butler                                     461.15

4          Kennedy, Ryan          SR       North Hills                 423.05

5          Wrigley, Christian     SR       North Allegheny        410.40

         Pyles, Cody               SR       Peters Township      402.85

         Doerfler, Andrew        SO       North Allegheny          364.15

8          Johns, Cary                SO       Mount Lebanon           327.15

9          Lynch, Addison           JR       Fox Chapel                 309.60

10        Sederholm, Andrew    FR       Franklin Regional        296.05

11        Ference, Joey             FR       Penn Trafford                         294.40

12        Devine, Tommy          JR       Peters Township         284.95

13        Hilderbrand, Lucas      SR       North Allegheny          279.95

14        Kisiel, Luke                  SO       Connellsville Area       272.25

15        Schratz, Christian       JR       Peters Township         261.00

16        Fink, Randy                SR       Mount Lebanon           256.65

17        Dupars, Joseph           SR       Woodland Hills            183.60

18        Stock, Paul                 SR       Penn Trafford              182.85

19        Crawford, Kevin          SR       Peters Township         178.50

20        Bertoni, Mike               SO       Penn Trafford             168.05

21        Kern, Nathan               SR       Pine Richland              119.30

22        Todd, Nathan              JR       Hempfield Area           118.15

23        Schon, Kevin              FR       Franklin Regional        114.90

24        Wolff, Joey                 FR       North Hills                   112.25

25        McCollough, Levi        FR       Butler                           110.65

26        Blair, Anthony             SR       Penn Hills                    107.60

27        Piett, Thad                   SO       Shaler Area                 105.30

28        Barta, Taylor               SO       Greater Latrobe          104.00

29        Hawthorne, Ben          SO       Hampton                     101.90

30        Redman, Riley            SO       Pittsburgh Central         98.65

31        Douglas, Rachel         FR       Greater Latrobe            91.85


No WPIAL diver had ever won had ever won gold medals in back-to-back years in two different classifications…until now. Maria Lohman, who won the Class AA title last year as a freshman, edged out Bethel Park’s Ashley Sams on her final dive to capture her second straight diving title.

At the WPIAL Girls AAA Championships held at North Allegheny High School. Lohman and Sams battled back and forth the entire day, with both competitors leapfrogging one another after all eleven dives. Lohman held a 9.20 point lead heading into the final dive but Sams dove first and led by 37.95 before Lohman clinched the championship by 4.55 points after a back dive on her final attempt finishing with 467.60 points. Sams had to settle for her second consecutive silver medal with a final score of 463.05.

The competition for the spots two through six was also back and forth between teammates from North Allegheny and Fox Chapel. NA sophomore Julia Vespoli captured the bronze medal with a score of 379.50, and Fox Chapel sophomore Miranda Simon finished fourth with 336.45 points. Carrie Bookheimer, a senior from North Allegheny placed fifth with a score 335.05 and Fox Chapel sophomore Emily Eames earned sixth place with a final total of 328.35. The top six qualifiers will move on to represent the WPIAL in the Class AAA PIAA Diving Championships set for Friday March 15th at Bucknell University.

Here is the final order of finish:

WPIAL Class AAA Girls 1 Meter Diving

Name                          Year    School                        Total Points

         Lohman, Maria          SO       Chartiers Valley        467.20

2          Sams, Ashley            SR       Bethel Park                463.05

         Vespoli, Julia             SO       North Allegheny        379.50

4          Simon, Miranda         SO       Fox Chapel                336.45

         Bookheimer, Carrie SR       North Allegheny          335.05

6          Eames, Emily             SO       Fox Chapel                328.35

7          Ferrari, Fallon              SR       Baldwin                       323.00

8          Litwin, Brionna            FR       Bethel Park                 322.80

9          Weiland, Claire            FR       Butler                           302.55

10        Siano, Alyssa              JR       Hampton                     297.85

11        Nedrow, Kaitlyn          SR       Connellsville                291.50

12        Perry, Alison               JR       Gateway                     276.80

13        Gerber, Rena              JR       Franklin Regional        270.35

14        Lehman, Madison       SR       Seneca Valley             260.10

15        Schmidt, Katelyn        JR       North Hills-AM            258.75

16        McGivern, Lindsay     SR       Hampton                     257.85

17        Grimm, Bailey             SR       Peters Township         193.25

18        Marino, Kalin               JR       Hempfield                   189.80

19        Capozzi, Maria            FR       Bethel Park                 188.30

20        Denne, Alexandria      SR       Gateway                     185.50

21        Kline, Desiree              SO       Canon-McMillan         115.40

22        Starratt, Courtney       SR       Franklin Regional        111.70

23        Walters, Brooke          SO       Seneca Valley               84.50