Swimming

Shaler’s Jacob Bacasa competes in the 500-yard freestyle during last year’s WPIAL meet.
Shaler swimming gets creative to navigate unusual season
January 17, 2021
There was no perfect way for the Shaler swim team to restart its season following the state-mandated three-week layoff for covid-19 precautions.

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Sam Wygonik of St. Joseph practices with teammates during Killer Whales swim club practice Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
St. Joseph swimmer Wygonik completes long road back from elbow surgery
January 16, 2021
Sam Wygonik hoped for the best when he stepped up to the block for the boys 200-yard freestyle Thursday during a dual meet between Fox Chapel and Woodland Hills at Fox Chapel High School.

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Freeport’s Alexis Schrecongost competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Freeport girls swim team grateful to be back in pool
January 10, 2021
Alexis Schrecongost was grateful to dive into the pool and compete Friday as she and her Freeport teammates kicked off their season at Kiski Area.

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Pine Richland’s Will Laubacher competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the 2020 Class AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championships.
Pine-Richland swimmers on mission with schools records in their sights
Pine-Richland’s youthful swimming and diving teams hope to have breakout seasons built on one more year of experience and new additions.

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Freeport’s Alexis Schrecongost competes in the girls 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championship Feb. 28, 2020, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
WPIAL swimming committee lowers qualifying times for championship meets
January 5, 2021
The WPIAL swimming committee met Tuesday afternoon, and the group agreed to establish faster automatic qualifying standards for the WPIAL championship meets.

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Seneca Valley senior Edie Sawyer will swim in college for Division I Ohio University.
In the pool profile: Seneca Valley’s Edie Sawyer hoping for senior success before heading to Ohio University
January 3, 2021
Edie Sawyer made the most of her one December swim meet.

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Gatway’s Olivia Livingston poses with her WPIAL record-tying eighth gold medal Feb. 28 at Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN Top 20 stories of 2020: Gateway swimmer wraps up record-setting career
December 21, 2020
The most unique year in our lifetime is coming to an end. With so many mass starts and stops, highs and lows, just about all walks of life were affected by the coronavirus in 2020.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool.
WPIAL contenders wonder how sports shutdown will impact swimming season
December 14, 2020
Ian Shahan hopes for big things in his senior swimming season.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Quaker Valley swimmers ready to show up for work, contend for championships
December 13, 2020
In his first year at the helm of the Quaker Valley swimming and diving program, John Nemeth wants athletes to put in the work that will enable them to compete at their highest level.

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Austin Prokopec is a returning state qualifer for the Penn-Trafford swim team.
Standard stays the same for Penn-Trafford swim teams
Dave Babik has been coaching the Penn-Trafford swimming teams for 30 years, and the team’s expectations haven’t changed.

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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.
Gateway’s Summer Raymer has sights set on school swimming records
Summer Raymer’s name already is on the swimming record boards in the natatorium at Gateway High School.

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Penn Hills’ Irene Bowser competes in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills swimmers alter training for unique season
December 6, 2020
The Penn Hills swim team returns one WPIAL qualifier this season, and a couple of others are seeing an opportunity to qualify.

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Gateway’s Summer Raymer competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the 2020 Class AAA WPIAL championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Gateway swimmers have medal ambitions, wait patiently to dive into competition
The last time Gateway swimmers competed in a high school meet, coronavirus impacted the proceedings.

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Plum’s Charlotte Jones competes in the girls 100 backstroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Plum swim teams ready to navigate season
November 29, 2020
Anticipation for the Plum boys and girls swim teams always is at a high level this time of the year.

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Shaler’s Justin Adametz competes in the 200 IM during their meet against Butler Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler swimmers to revamp training for unique season
November 22, 2020
Planning improvements for the Shaler Area swimming program will need to be a dynamic plan for first-year coach Abi May.

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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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