Swimming

Scholastic Notebook – 05/25/2012
May 25, 2012
Seven of the eight teams in the WPIAL baseball finals are quite familiar with this championship stuff. They all have won at least one title in the past nine seasons. As championship traditions go, the eighth team in the finals is like the odd man out. Belle Vernon has never won a WPIAL championship, and  the WPIAL has been staging championships since 1914. Belle Vernon will try to win its first title when it plays Blackhawk in the Class AAA championship Tuesday night at Consol Energy Field in Washington.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2012
April 13, 2012
Neil Walker is known for his baseball talent. The current Pirates second baseman had an unforgettable baseball career at Pine-Richland High School and was a first-round draft pick. But it is what Walker also did in other sports that helped earn him a spot in the WPIAL Hall of Fame. The WPIAL Hall of Fame class for 2012 was announced Thursday at a news conference, and Walker was one of the selections. Walker was in Los Angeles with the Pirates, but his father was at the news conference at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Walker had a terrific baseball career at Pine-Richland, starting four seasons and batting .504 for his career. He hit .657 as a senior with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a 1.403 slugging percentage for a WPIAL championship team.

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Mars Margaret Gruber the State Golden Girl in PIAA Swimming
March 17, 2012
There was only one Class AA girls swimmer who won a state title this weekend at Bucknell University, but the Mars swimmer comes home as a champion with a new record to go with her two gold medalist. Margaret Gruber of Mars won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new PIAA championship record in that race with a time of 54.43.Here are all of the results from the PIAA Girls Class AA swimming and diving finals. 

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SSA Foursome Join QV and Mars Swimmers Win PIAA AA Titles
Two WPIAL Boys Class AA individuals and one team brought home gold from Bucknell University on Saturday in the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships. Bobby Francis of Quaker valley won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke while Kurt Muehlheuser of Mars won the state title in the 100-yard backstroke. The foursome of Chris Leech, Ryan Koul, Thaddeus Ellis and Grant Zentgraf from Shady Side Academy won the 200-yard freestyle relay championship. Here are all of the results from the two day event.

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PIAA Diving & 200 Relay Only Titles Won by WPIAL Girls AAA Swimmers
WPIAL girls Class AAA swimmers had to 'team' up and go 'diving' to find gold at the 2012 PIAA Girls Class AAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University. The North Allegheny foursome of Katerina Borisov, Allie Pennetti, Arielle Krigger and Kally Vanderbilt won the 200 freestyle relay while WPIAL diving champion Lauren Lamendola repeated her golden performance to win the PIAA state crown.

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Three WPIAL Boys AAA Swimmers Win PIAA Championships
Three WPIAL boys Class AAA swimmers brought home the gold from the state swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University, including a pair of PIAA titles for Penn-Trafford's Christian McCurdy, who took first place in the 400 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Lucas Bureau of Latrobe won gold in the 200 freestyle while Matt Buerger of North Allegheny won a state championship in the 200 individual medley. Buerger helped North Allegheny finished third in the boys team scores.  

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Indiana Boys and West Allegheny Girls Win Class AA WPIAL Swimming Championships
March 2, 2012
At Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, the West Allegheny Indians win their second consecutive AA WPIAL girls swimming  championship. The Indians came into day two with a 35.5 point lead. They cruised to an easy victory outscoring 2nd place Blackhawk by 92 points. South Fayette also finished tied for 2nd place. Shady Side Academy finished 4th 98.5 back. In the boys AA  championships, Indiana wins their second straight WPIAL title. The Indians led by 56 points  a big first day, but the Hampton Talbots closed the gap to 10 points mid way thru day two. Indiana pulled away near the end to win by 28 points. Hampton was 2nd with Shady Side Academy 30 points back in 3rd.

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North Allegheny Sweeps Boys and Girls Swimming Titles in Class AAA
The North Allegheny Tigers dominated the AAA WPIAL boys and girls swimming championships on day two held at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh Friday afternoon..

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Golden Freshmen Shine in Day One of WPIAL Class AA Swimming Championships
March 1, 2012
After Day One of the McDonald’s/WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships, the West Allegheny Indians hold a 33 point lead to try and claim a second straight Girls Class AA championship, while on the boys side, Indiana holds a sizable lead over Hampton for a second straight boys championship.Individually on the girls side, junior Braelyn Tracy of Elizabeth Forward upset defending champion Kara Kaulius of West Allegheny for the 200 Freestyle title. Margaret Gruber of Mars claimed her second straight championship in the 100 Butterfly. A pair of freshman also claimed WPIAL gold, Maddie Bartrug of South Fayette in the 50 Freestyle and Bria Otwell of Freeport in the 200 IM.Senior Bobby Francis of Quaker Valley, the 2011 breaststroke champion, claimed gold in the 200 IM on the boys side.Here are the individual and team standings after the opening day:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/27/2012
February 27, 2012
Championship Week for the district winter sports is here as February turns to March and the golden madness begins this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EVERY WPIAL Semifinals and Championship boys and girls basketball playoff game along with District 6 postseason boys and girls hoops and men's and women's college basketball postseason action, PIHL high school hockey, plus the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, the PIAA Class AA and Class AAA Individual Wrestling Regionals, the WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships along with Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, and the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show on a special day ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, February 27th:TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Pine-Richland Divers Sweep Boys and Girls WPIAL AAA Championships
February 25, 2012
For the second straight year, Pine-Richland senior Lauren Lamendola captured the WPIAL Class AAA Girls diving crown. For the second straight year, she was in a dogfight for the championship. And for the second straight year, Lamendola saved her best efforts for the final three dives to grab the title. The South Carolina bound Lamendola had to climb back from an admittedly poor dive in the preliminary round. She made it back to fourth after the first five dives. After the next three dives, Lamendola had climbed into second place behind Bethel Park junior Ashley Sams. Lamendola grabbed control of the final session by scoring 57.20 points on her “McDonald’s Dive of the Match”, her first of three dives in the final round. Sams, Lamendola and Pine-Richland teammate Tiana Broen, Moon’s Heather Lonkert and Alexis Rectenwald from Penn Hills played leapfrog among the top 5 spots throughout the entire competition.

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Youth Is Served at 2012 WPIAL Class AA Diving Finals
At South Park High School, a youth movement was served as South Park sophomore Bill Rountree and  Chartiers Valley freshman Maria Lohman won the 2012 Boys and Girls Class AA Diving Championships respectively. Rountree won his first title on home water but it wasn't easy, while Lohman cruised to an easy victory.   Overall South Park will send 2 girls and one boy to the state championships, and South Fayette will send one boy and one girl.

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2011 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Team Champions on Parade
January 1, 2012
What better way to celebrate championships and the start of a new year then with a parade. It has been another great year in high school sports. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during 2011.

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2011 WPIAL Year in Review – Top 25 Stories: #10 – #6
December 30, 2011
2011 has been a tremendous year in high school sports in the WPIAL. It was a year where some familiar champions wore the golden crown again while some new faces surfaced in the championship picture. It was a year when there was plenty of streaking (not like the 70’s) in both the good direction and the not so good direction.

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2011 WPIAL Year in Review – Top 25 Stories: #15 – #11
December 29, 2011
2011 has been a tremendous year in high school sports in the WPIAL. It was a year where some familiar champions wore the golden crown again while some new faces surfaced in the championship picture. It was a year when there was plenty of streaking (not like the 70’s) in both the good direction and the not so good direction.

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2010-2011 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Champions on Parade
July 5, 2011
What better way to celebrate championships and our nations birthday then with a parade. It has been another great high school sports season. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during the 2010-2011 school year.

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2010-2011 MSA SPORTS CUP UPDATED STANDINGS
April 20, 2011
The chase for the MSA Sports Cup is now two-third through the 2010-2011 high school sports season. The MSA Sports Cup is a challenge to determine the best sports program for the school year from the WPIAL in each classification. Here are the second updated standings through the 2010-2011 winter sports season.

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OC’s Smith, P-R’s Murslack, MtL’s Nappi and NA’s Kuremsky Win PIAA Class AAA Swimming and Diving Gold
March 19, 2011
After being blanked on Day One on Friday, Saturday turned out to be a golden day for four WPIAL swimmers at the 2011 PIAA Class AAA Swimming and Diving championships at Bucknell University. Oakland Catholic's Leah Smith set a record in the 500-yard freestyle while Kristen Murslack of Pine-Richland won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke.

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Shady Side Academy Golden in PIAA Class AA Boys Swimming; West A Girls Runner-Up
March 18, 2011
After finishing close for so many years, the Shady Side Academy boys team has finally reached the top of the state Class AA swimming mountain. The Indians swam their way to a state title Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell University by beating runner-up Fairview by 27 points. Indiana was the only other WPIAL team to finish in the top ten overall with 8th place.

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There are New Sheriffs in the WPIAL AA Pool as Indiana Boys and West Allegheny Girls Swim to Gold
March 4, 2011
The Indiana boys swim team held a slim 9 point advantage over perennial power Shady Side Academy heading into the final event - the Boys 400 yd. Freestyle Relay.

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