Swimming

Pine-Richland swimmers set for WPIAL championships
February 15, 2019
The Pine-Richland swimming teams are gearing up for the WPIAL Class AAA championships set for Feb. 28 and March 1 at Pitt's Trees Pool. The Rams are armed with athletes who are experienced in the itle meet and others who are qualifying for the first time. Regardless of their experience

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Led by Decheck, Taylor, Plum swimmers ready to compete at WPIAL meet
Justin Decheck secured his place at the next level before this season by signing a letter of intent in November to swim at Gannon. Now, Decheck hopes to conclude his senior campaign with top swims at the championship events, including the WPIAL Class AAA meet Feb. 28 and March 1

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Norwin swimmers ready to cash in at WPIALs
All season, first-year Norwin swimming coach Doug Watson told his swimmers they were making money. With each lap, turn and stroke in the pool, the Knights were investing in their future. andquot;I like to tell them they're putting money in the bank, and we're not going to withdraw it until

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Franklin Regional swim team enjoys surprise success
Longtime Franklin Regional swimming coach Vic Santoro was expecting this season to be a rebuilding year. Until it wasn't. andquot;At the beginning of the season, if you would have told me that we would win both sections and the girls would've repeated (as) WCCA (champs), I would said that wasn't

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Livingston, freshmen standouts ready to lead Gateway at WPIAL swim championships
Gateway junior Olivia Livingston is a WPIAL veteran and a district champion with four individual titles over her first two appearances at Pitt's Trees Pool. On the flip side, Gators freshmen Summer Raymer and Andrew Holmes will get their first taste of the WPIAL championships Feb. 28 and March 1

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Senior leaders pace Thomas Jefferson swimming & diving team
Strong senior leadership is a trait of the Thomas Jefferson swimming and diving team. On the girls' side, seniors Elena Savikas, Grace Pletz and Maura Gdovic were WPIAL Class AA qualifiers a year ago as were junior Breanna Smith and sophomore Hallie Findlan. andquot;The six (senior) girls and two (senior)

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Penn-Trafford swimmers, divers set to contend at WPIAL meets
After sweeping titles at the county meet, Penn-Trafford seniors Paige Kalik and Logan Sherwin look forward to doing the same at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championship on Saturday at North Allegheny. Kalik (324.90) and Sherwin (352.85) topped WPIAL Class AAA in girls 1-meter six dives and boys 1-meter six

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Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Gateway’s Olivia Livingston
Olivia Livingston set the bar for the rest of the WPIAL in the second week of December when she established a time of 23.49 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle against Upper St. Clair. She was coming off a trip to USA Swimming's Junior Winter Nationals in North Carolina, and that

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Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: New Castle’s Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell is making the most of his final WPIAL swimming season. The senior, an independent competitor representing New Castle, recently established a new personal season-best time and a WPIAL-best mark in the Class AA boys 200-yard freestyle when he swam 1 minute, 45.19 seconds to claim the title at

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Penn Hills’ Gregory wants to leave mark on WPIAL record books
February 14, 2019
Penn Hills senior Kimani Gregory has his sights on leaving his mark in the WPIAL record books when he races for one final time in the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships at Pitt's Trees Pools on Feb. 28 and March 1. Gregory, a North Carolina State commit, will try to

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North Allegheny senior swimmers ready to win more hardware
Listing all the accomplishments earned by the seniors on the North Allegheny swim team would have likely lasted longer than its meet last Wednesday against North Hills. A list of team accomplishments pops off the page as the Tigers prep for the WPIAL championship, which begins Feb. 28 at Pitt's

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Baldwin swimmers find success during season of rebuilding
Kim Klinger jumped back into the pool and immediately was faced with a somewhat daunting task. Klinger has been involved in Baldwin swimming in various capacities since 1989. She coached the varsity swimmers until 2004, retired briefly, became an assistant in 2014, and took over as head coach again this

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After sweeping MAC championships, Moon swimmers turn focus to WPIAL meet
February 13, 2019
After an impressive showing at the Midwestern Athletic Conference championship meet, the Moon girls swimming team (10-1 overall, 6-0 in Section 5-AAA) has high hopes for the WPIAL championship meet Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt. The host Tigers won 11 events to capture the MAC title for the second consecutive

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Deer Lakes juniors Morrison, Loper start final kick to WPIAL swimming championships
February 10, 2019
Adam Morrison owns the top time in the WPIAL boys AA 500-yard freestyle this season with a time of 4 minutes, 51.93 seconds recorded at a meet with Shady Side Academy on Jan. 22. While the Deer Lakes junior is happy with his time, he said he can go faster,

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Latrobe divers strong again entering WPIAL championship meet
Latrobe has another bumper crop of divers. Four Wildcats qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 23, the same number as last season. Two rank among the league's best. Junior Jordyn Miller (264.40) and sophomore Lauren Bisignani (251.35) stood second and fourth in Class AAA girls 1-meter 6

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North Hills swimmers set various pool records
February 7, 2019
Pool records are falling at North Hills, and the newly minted marks for the Indians couldn't come at a better time. Training and competition is coming to a head before the WPIAL Class AAA championships at the end of this month. On the girls (6-3) side, Madelyn Mahoney, put her

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Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan
Hallie Findlan is ready to challenge the best in WPIAL Class AA. The sprint freestyler, a sophomore from Thomas Jefferson, currently sits No. 2 on the WPIAL performance lists for both the girls Class AA 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle. The leaders in each event are defending champions -- Heather

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Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: Hempfield’s Gavin Mayo
Gavin Mayo battled through shoulder and back injuries from the summer to early November. The treatment the Hempfield senior received began to kick in to the point he was able to train but not in the way he or his coaches would've liked. andquot;Early in the season, things weren't clicking

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Hempfield swim relays get in the fast lane
February 3, 2019
The boys and girls sprint groups are gaining momentum in the Hempfield swimming and diving program. The girls, consisting of one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen, are ranked third in the 200-yard freestyle relay and fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in WPIAL Class AAA. Relay members include junior

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Franklin Regional girls win title at WCCA swimming championships
February 1, 2019
With the WPIAL swimming championship meet just weeks away, the Franklin Regional girls team is jelling. The Panthers came together to edge Penn-Trafford for the Class AAA title at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 26 at Derry. There were 14 Class AAA and Class AA teams, which competed

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