Swimming

Penn Hills’ Luke Hoolahan competes in last year’s WPIAL Class 3A boys diving championships.
Penn Hills swim team still facing pandemic-era challenges
November 21, 2021
Penn Hills swimming coach Nick Page is hoping the team can avoid losing a month of practice time like it did last year.

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Gateway’s Summer Raymer competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Feb. 28, 2020.
Gateway’s Raymer commits to swim at Youngstown State
October 24, 2021
Summer Raymer is busy in the water getting ready for competitions with her Racer-X club team and also for her final season with the Gateway swim team.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll set three personal bests at the Olympic qualifiers.
Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll competes with nation’s best swimmers at Olympic qualifiers
June 29, 2021
Zoe Skirboll went into this year’s Olympic swimming trials with the attitude of enjoying the moment and gaining experience for the future.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship.
North Allegheny grad Rick Mihm reaches finals in 200 IM at U.S. Olympic trials
June 17, 2021
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials continued Thursday morning and local products Zoe Skirboll, Bailey Bonnett and Rick Mihm took to the pool in preliminary events in Omaha.

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North Allegheny grad Jack Wright competes for Virginia men’s swimming during the 2019-20 season.
WPIAL products fare well at U.S. Olympic Swim Trials
June 9, 2021
North Allegheny graduate Jack Wright said he was taken aback when he entered the CHI Health Center in Omaha for the Wave I U.S. Olympic Swim Trials last week.

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Gateway’s Andrew Holmes competed at the PIAA swimming championships March 20, 2021, at Cumberland Valley.
Gateway swimmer claims medals, finds motivation at state meet
March 28, 2021
In a high school swim season full of ups and down, with changes and uncertainty around every corner, Andrew Holmes still planned to meet all of his goals and expectations.

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Richie Donato
Silver lining, record finish for Hampton swimmer Donato
March 27, 2021
The Hampton 100-yard breaststroke record stood for 25 years until senior Richie Donato broke it March 6.

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Plum’s Logan Minick dives with fellow competitors in the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships March 6 at Upper St. Clair.
Plum swimmers perform well at PIAA meet
One moved up, and one moved down.

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Franklin Regional’s Jason Tosh dives in alongside Penn-Trafford’s Austin Prokopec to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay March 7, 2021, in the WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair High School. They helped their relays to PIAA medals on Saturday.
Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional, Hempfield relays earn PIAA medals
March 20, 2021
The Penn-Trafford boys 200-yard freestyle relay entered Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Cumberland Valley High School tied for the 10th seed.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao (right) edged Sydney Gring from Muhlenberg (left) in the 100 fly at the PIAA Class AAA championships March 20, 2021, at Cumberland Valley.
Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao defends PIAA title in 100 butterfly
After defending her WPIAL title in the 100-yard butterfly two weeks ago, Fox Chapel sophomore Sophie Shao went looking for a similar repeat performance Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Cumberland Valley.

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Mapletown sophomore Ella Menear won the 100-yard backstroke title at the PIAA Class AA championships March 19, 2021, at Cumberland Valley High School. With Ella are her parents and coaches, Rick and Christy.
Mapletown’s Menear claims gold medal at PIAA swimming championships
March 19, 2021
It took Ella Menear a little longer than she had hoped to make her PIAA Class AA swimming debut.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao competes in the 200-yard individual medley at the WPIAL Swimming Championships at Upper St. Clair on March 7.
Fox Chapel’s Shao ready to defend 100 fly title at state meet
March 17, 2021
One title defense down, one to go.

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Southmoreland’s Henry Miller wins the boys 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair on March 6.
Southmoreland’s Miller eager for crack at state swimming gold
Henry Miller and his father were about 10 minutes away from Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium last year when they got the call that the PIAA, out of growing concern with what would become the covid pandemic, canceled the two-day Class AA swimming and diving championships.

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Gateway’s Andrew Holmes leads in the boys 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships March 7, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
After claiming WPIAL gold, Gateway’s Holmes turns attention to PIAA meet
March 15, 2021
Andrew Holmes had WPIAL gold on his mind March 7 at the Class AAA championships at Upper St. Clair High School.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships March 6, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Led by 2 relay titles, Quaker Valley girls swim to 2nd at WPIAL championship meet
In his first year at the helm of the Quaker Valley swimming team, John Nemeth led the girls to a second-place finish at the WPIAL Class AA championships March 6.

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Franklin Regional’s Madalyn Myers competes in the 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Franklin Regional swim team hopes to add to medal haul at PIAAs
Franklin Regional sent a number of swimmers to the medal stand at the WPIAL Class AAA Championships at Upper St. Clair.

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Fox Chapel’s David Manelis and North Allegheny’s Christina Shi won PIAA Class AAA diving championships Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Fox Chapel’s Manelis, North Allegheny’s Shi clean up at PIAA Class AAA diving meet
March 13, 2021
The fourth time was the charm for Fox Chapel senior David Manelis.

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Fox Chapel’s David Manelis competes in the WPIAL Class AAA Diving Championship at North Allegheny on Feb. 27.
WPIAL diving champs ready to take on state’s best
March 12, 2021
The “fab four” of WPIAL diving champions will attempt to claim more gold Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA and Class AA competitions at Cumberland Valley High School.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the 200-yard medley at the WPIAL Class AA girls swimming championships March 6, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL swimmers earn at-large bids to PIAA championship meet
March 8, 2021
Gold medalists from this weekend’s WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships already had secured trips to the PIAA championship meet, set for March 19-20, at Cumberland Valley High School.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny competes in the 200-yard individual medley in the WPIAL Class AAA boys swimming championships Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Upper St. Clair wins WPIAL boys swimming championship at home pool
March 7, 2021
Because of covid-19 protocols, Pitt’s Trees Pool was unable to host the WPIAL swimming championships as usual. Upper St. Clair High School stepped in and hosted the two-day event this weekend.

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