Swimming

Players from Lancaster Catholic and Belle Vernon shake hands after a four-overtime PIAA Class 4A second-round playoff game March 10, 2020.
PIAA approves covid-19 guidelines for winter, remains ‘cautiously optimistic’
October 29, 2020
PIAA basketball teams should limit the number of individuals on their bench to maintain a social distance of six feet or more when possible.

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Plum senior Charlotte Jones has verbally commited to swim at Division I Long Island University-Brooklyn.
Plum’s Charlotte Jones makes dream of swimming at next level come true
October 17, 2020
Charlotte Jones has one final year of swimming at Plum, and then she hopes to make her mark at the NCAA Division I level.

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Zoe Skirboll, a rising junior at Fox Chapel and a member of the Racer-X club team, verbally committed Tuesday to swim at the University of Virginia.
Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll excited about decision to swim at Virginia
August 19, 2020
Zoe Skirboll was not cavalier when she made the announcement Tuesday of her verbal commitment to swim for the Virginia Cavaliers.

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Quaker Valley’s Sophie Besterman competes in the girls 100 backstroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley swimmer Sophie Besterman to join sister at Bloomsburg
June 29, 2020
After turning down an offer to play soccer, Quaker Valley graduate Sophie Besterman will join her sister Amelia on the Bloomsburg women’s swimming team.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson vs. Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley
June 9, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Butler’s Meghan Schnur vs. Derry’s Amanda Palenchar
Trib HSSN May Madness: Meghan Schnur, Butler vs. Amanda Palenchar, Derry
May 12, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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North Allegheny’s Stephanie Madia vs. Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis
Trib HSSN May Madness: Stephanie Madia, North Allegheny vs. Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley
May 11, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100 yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship meet Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry.
PIAA cancellation hits Mt. Pleasant WPIAL champion swimmer hard
April 10, 2020
The sight of a team full of high school swimmers huddled together in the lobby of Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell, tears streaming down their faces, that’s not something Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner will forget any time soon.

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Hampton’s Drew Scheib competes Jan. 16, 2020, in the 200 medley relay against Gateway at Hampton.
Hampton swimmers exceed expectations at shortened PIAA meet
March 20, 2020
It didn’t turn out the way they expected, but it still exceeded all expectations.

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North Allegheny senior Torie Buerger tied for first in the Class AAA girls 200-yard individual medley at the PIAA swimming championships March 11, 2020, at Bucknell.
PIAA finalizes Class AAA swimming and diving team standings, second-day champions and medalists
March 14, 2020
The PIAA has finalized the Class AAA swimming and diving team standings reflecting the results from Thursday’s second-day swims.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston smiles after her win in the girls 50 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Gateway’s Livingston caps decorated career with pair of PIAA medals
March 13, 2020
It is often said all good things must come to an end.

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North Allegheny’s Christina Shi finished fifth and Maya Ennis took third at the PIAA Class AAA diving championships Thursday, March 12, 2020.
North Allegheny duo earns medals at PIAA Class AAA girls diving championships
March 12, 2020
North Allegheny junior Maya Ennis placed 19th two years ago in her first trip to the PIAA Class AAA diving championship at Bucknell.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm won gold in the 200 IM at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Swimmers from North Allegheny, Fox Chapel claim Class AAA state gold
March 11, 2020
A trio of WPIAL swimmers took home PIAA Class AAA championships Wednesday on the first day of competition at Bucknell.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko won a pair of medals at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Norwin’s Tulenko picks up pair of medals at PIAA swim meet
Ethan Tulenko turned a double play Wednesday at the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston is competing in the PIAA championships.
Gateway’s Livingston among WPIAL swimmers advancing to finals of PIAA swimming Day 1
Olivia Livingston is set to compete for her fourth PIAA championship in the Class AAA girls 50-yard freestyle.

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Members of Mt. Pleasant’s 400 free relay who will compete at the PIAA championships are, from left, Heather Gardner, SaraJo Gardner, Cally Hixson and Reegan Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Shahan lead area swimmers into PIAA meet
March 9, 2020
After repeating as WPIAL Class AA champion in two events, Belle Vernon junior swimmer Ian Shahan will be out to defend his PIAA titles this week at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Fox Chapel freshman in position to claim state swimming gold
Sophie Shao was the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool, and the Fox Chapel freshman turned away all challengers for her first taste of championship gold.

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Pine Richland’s Mila Cribbs competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Pine-Richland’s Vacula earns trip to PIAA swimming championships
March 6, 2020
At the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships Feb. 27-28 at Pitt’s Trees Pool, Trent Vacula turned in the best 200-yard individual medley time in Pine-Richland history.

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Plum’s Joey Decheck competes in the boys 100 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Plum’s Decheck earns shot to compete with best in state
Joey Decheck swims this week at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson’s Findlan claims 1st WPIAL swimming title in program history
Hallie Findlan has been rewriting the Thomas Jefferson record book in girls swimming for three years.

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