Swimming

Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll works on her breaststroke during a recent practice.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll aiming high at PIAA swimming championships
March 13, 2019
There will be a new state champion in the girls Class AAA 100-yard breaststroke.

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Several WPIAL individuals, relays qualify for PIAA Class AA championship finals
The championship heats are set for Wednesday’s boys and girls events at the PIAA Class AA swimming meet at Bucknell University, and several from the WPIAL are in contention for state gold.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Ringgold’s Anna Vogt wins PIAA Class AA diving title
Ringgold senior Anna Vogt, the two-time WPIAL champion in Class AA girls diving, added a state championship to her high school portfolio Wednesday afternoon at Bucknell.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo pumps up his teammates prior to the start of the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Hempfield swimmer Mayo sets sights on PIAA success
March 12, 2019
Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo is among favorites in the boys 50-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell, but also might shine in another event.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) won the WPIAL championship in the 500 freestyle and is the highest-seeded Alle-Kiski Valley swimmer at the PIAA meet.
A-K Valley swimmers get shot at PIAA gold this week
March 11, 2019
Rachel Halapchuk is a four-time WPIAL medalist with two each in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis in the boys’ 100 yard breaststroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon pair among top seeds at PIAA swim championships
Four Westmoreland County swimmers are among individual favorites at the PIAA Class AA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell.

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Norwin senior Courtney Kosanovic competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Class AAA meet.
Young Norwin freestylers set school record at WPIAL championships
March 8, 2019
The Norwin girls swimming team earned no medals at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt, but it probably is just a matter of time before the Knights do.

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Gateway junior Olivia Livingston (right) was PIAA Class AAA runner-up in the 100 freestyle the past two years.
Gateway’s Livingston ready to chase state record in 100 freestyle
Time is of the essence for Gateway junior Olivia Livingston.

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Quaker Valley freshman Isabel Huang competes in the 100 backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA championships at the Pitt’s Trees Pool. She won the event in 58.13 seconds.
Quaker Valley freshman Huang makes big splash at WPIAL championships
Quaker Valley swimming coach Alexis Glenn knew from the beginning of the season she had an amazing swimmer in Isabel Huang.

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Penn Trafford sophomore Austin Prokopec competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Relays, divers lead Penn-Trafford into PIAA championship meet
Despite their small size, the Penn-Trafford boys and girls swimming teams will be well represented at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Aquinas Academy’s Sam Schirra qualified for the WPIAL championships in two events.
Limited time in pool doesn’t keep Aquinas swimmer Schirra from making WPIALs
There were plenty of reasons for Sam Schirra not to swim this season.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor is seeded 11th for states in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.
Plum swimmers prepare for PIAA championships
Devan Taylor hopes for a repeat performance and more in the girls 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell.

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Franklin Regional senior Laura DiNunzio (middle) competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional swim team basks in WPIAL meet success
At the start of the swim season, Franklin Regional coach Vic Santoro was wondering what kind of team he had.

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Chartiers Valley sophomore Grace Janas competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Carlynton girls send Kozy, 2 relays to state swimming meet; Chartiers Valley makes headway
March 7, 2019
Heading into the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, the Carlynton girls wanted to finish in the top 10. Senior Katie Kozy said, more specifically, the Cougars wanted to finish ninth or better.

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Penn Hills senior Kimani Gregory competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Feb. 28 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Penn Hills’ Gregory, freestyle relay prepare for PIAA championship meet
March 6, 2019
When it comes to the Penn Hills swim team, the main attraction is senior Kimani Gregory.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay against Hampton.
North Hills swimmers break school records at WPIAL meet
A number of school records fell when the North Hills swim team took to the pool at Pitt’s Trees Hall for the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 and March 1.

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Hampton’s Drew Scheib checks for his time in the 100 butterfly against North Hills Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018 at North Hills.
Hampton swimmers save best for last at WPIAL championships
Hampton swimmers peaked at the right time for the WPIAL championships, and one of them was rewarded with a trip to states.

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North Allegheny’s 200 medley relay unit won the title at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The group included, from left, Jack Wright, Jerry Chen, Rick Mihm and Branko Kosanovich.
North Allegheny boys chasing 3rd straight PIAA swimming championship
March 5, 2019
Led by four top seeds, the North Allegheny boys swimming team is a serious contender for its third consecutive PIAA Class AAA title March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Northgate senior Karen Siddoway competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Reigning PIAA champions prepare to defend titles; WPIAL swimmers earn top seeds
March 4, 2019
The WPIAL, as expected, will be well-represented at the PIAA Class AAA and AA swimming and diving championships March 13-16 at Bucknell.

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PIAA releases qualifying lists for swimming championships
The PIAA on Monday released the preliminary psych sheets for the swimming and diving state championships set for March 13-16 at Bucknell University.

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