Swimming

Nick Roddy of Ligonier Valley competes during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Diving Championships at Derry on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
Ligonier Valley’s Roddy, Latrobe’s Polosky win county diving titles
January 28, 2022
Though he had to wait an extra year to win his second county diving championship, Ligonier Valley senior Nick Roddy never lost confidence in his abilities.

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Kiski Area’s Paige Kunkle competes in the 200 medley relay during a meet against Plum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area swimmers Hansen, Sterlitz have sights set on top spots at WCCA meet
As freshmen in 2020, Levi Hansen and Parker Sterlitz made a run at the boys 500-yard freestyle title at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships at Derry High School.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao competes in the girls 200-yard individual medley at last year’s WPIAL Class 3A swimming championship.
WPIAL releases latest swimming and diving performance lists
January 25, 2022
Fox Chapel junior Sophie Shao, the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A champion in the 100-yard butterfly, looks at her time in the event on the swimming performance list on the WPIAL website and sees who also is recording top times and making a charge up the rankings.

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Valley off to 2-1 start as swimmers gain valuable experience
Kim Johnson has watched her team progress every day. And now the results are starting to show.

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Highlands’ Aidan Ochoa finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke in last year’s WPIAL championships.
With home pool closed, Highlands swimming performing at high level
There’s no place like home, as they say.

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North Hills’ Jewel Thomas was a WPIAL qualifier in the 200 IM in 2021.
Experience with premier program guiding new North Hills swim coach
January 22, 2022
Nicole Loutsenhizer has been around swimming’s best for years. And now she is ready to carry over those experiences to the North Hills program.

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Freeport’s Lexi Schrecengost competes in the 100 breaststroke at the WPIAL swimming championship March 6 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Led by Schrecengost sisters, Freeport swimming aiming high
January 18, 2022
Nikki Heasley has a golden reason to be optimistic about her Freeport swimming team.

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Burrell assistant coach Diane Swigart offers instructions to a group of swimmers during the 2021-22 season.
Burrell swimmers take aim at WPIAL qualifying times
The Burrell swim teams still are recovering from last year’s pandemic.

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Penn Hills sophomore dives into new sport with swim team
January 16, 2022
The fear factor of flipping through the air was lessened for Gabby Pernatozzi when she stepped out on the diving board. The Penn Hills sophomore started with the swim team a month into the season but had translatable skills from other sports.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Reegan Brown competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the WPIAL championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
After strong 2021 finish, Mt. Pleasant swimming wants gold
January 11, 2022
Sandy Felice has high hopes for the Mt. Pleasant swimming team in 2022. And why shouldn’t she?

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Gateway sophomore Mark DiPalma swims the freestyle in practice Jan. 4, 2022, at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex.
Gateway swimmers earn early WPIAL qualifying times
January 9, 2022
The Gateway boys and girls swimming and diving teams have entered the Section 3-3A portion of their schedules, and coach Sherry Sonetti hopes that a strong series of practices over the holiday break will pay dividends.

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Hampton’s Will Retsch competes in the 200 yard individual medley during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships at Upper St. Clair.
Hampton senior shows off all-around ability in IM
January 8, 2022
Hampton swimming coach Morgan Zweygardt quickly spotted something about then-freshman Will Retsch.

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Derry’s Chloe Buhite competes in the 200-yard medley at the WPIAL Class 2A championships at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Senior leadership key for Derry swimming
January 4, 2022
Derry coach Jeff Kelly hits his young swimmers with a dose of reality right off the bat.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls 200-yard medley at the WPIAL swimming championships on March 6 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Low numbers, big goals for Greensburg Salem swimming
January 3, 2022
At the start of each season, Greensburg Salem swimming coach Bill Salathe hands out papers to each of his swimmers, asking them to write down their goals for the upcoming year.

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Upper St. Clair’s David Pantelis watches from the empty bench during a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against Erie on March 20 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: St. Clair Six pulled off state playoff stunner
December 30, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Hempfield’s Hunter Cooper helped the 200-yard medley relay team place third in the WPIAL last season.
Led by 5 college recruits, Hempfield swimming optimistic
December 28, 2021
Hempfield’s swimmers, like so many across the state and country last season, had to deal with continual disruptions and unknowns due to covid-19.

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Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky competes in the WPIAL Class 3A diving championship Feb. 27 at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Larger roster providing hope to Latrobe swimming
December 27, 2021
Grey Arrigonie knows that depth matters.

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Quaker Valley’s Rena Gilligan competes in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair.
Quaker Valley swimmers excited to carry on last season’s success
December 19, 2021
The 2020-21 season proved to be a banner year for the Quaker Valley swimming and diving program.

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From left, Stefan Stratimirovic, Rosalie Van Deusen, Allheim DeVan-Bey, Emily Ruperto and Luka Stratimirovic and were among the Greater Pittsburgh Allegheny Swim Club competitors scheduled to swim at the 59th annual Christmas meet.
Meets motivate Greater Pittsburgh Allegheny Swim Club members
Luka Stratimirovic was happy to be at practice Wednesday night at the Olympic Health & Swim Club in Penn Hills.

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Pine Richland’s Delaney Allen competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the 2020 Class 3A WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool.
Pine-Richland swim teams poised for another record-breaking season
The record boards at the Pine-Richland natatorium had plenty of changes after last year with several new school marks set.

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