Swimming

Mark Dipalma and the Gateway boys 400 free relay finished ninth at the WPIAL Class 3A championships.
Gateway swimmers find success at WPIAL meet, earn berths to state competition
March 10, 2024
Gateway sophomore Gunner Raymer briefly faced a measure of adversity right before his 200-yard freestyle swim at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Penn-Trafford’s boys 200-yard freestyle relay of, from left, Conner Alexander, Patton Graziano, Aaron Burdell and Nick Marucci, finished fourth at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Patton Graziano looking to finish senior season strong
Penn-Trafford senior Patton Graziano is hoping to end high school career on a good note.

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Trip to WPIAL meet sparks Penn Hills swim team
The Penn Hills swim team took a much bigger contingent to Pitt’s Trees Pool this season for the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships. What made Indians coach Morgan Bush excited for next season was the prospect of seeing all of her swimmers turn in their best times of the season at the championship meet.

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Senior Amelia Faust and the Plum girls 200 freestyle relay finished sixth at the WPIAL championship meet.
Plum swimmers earn berth to PIAA championships
March 9, 2024
The Plum girls swim team fared well in a number of events at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29 and March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Fox Chapel’s Sarah Pasquella reacts to winning the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Sarah Pasquella, Fox Chapel swimmers live up to big expectations at WPIAL meet
Fox Chapel swim coach Matt Mauclair enjoyed watching Sarah Pasquella turn in a big performance during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Kiersten O’Connor smiles for a photo while standing atop of the 100-yard backstroke podium during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool. Hampton’s Lainey Sheets, left, and Freeport’s Kasey Schrecongost, right, were also top finishers.
WPIAL swimmers to swap gold, silver medals after 100-yard backstroke review
March 5, 2024
A change has been made to the order of finish between Mt. Pleasant junior Kiersten O’Connor and Hampton sophomore Lainey Sheets after their Class 2A 100-yard backstroke race Friday at the WPIAL championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Quaker Valley junior Adlan Hifri competes during the 2023-24 swimming season.
Adlan Hifri making a splash with Quaker Valley swimming in 1st year in United States
March 3, 2024
It’s been a succession of firsts for Quaker Valley swimmer Adlan Hifri.

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Quaker Valley divers, from left, Ruby Olliffe, Ruby Krotine and Katie Blackmer competed at the WPIAL Class 2A championships Feb. 23, 2024, at North Allegheny.
Quaker Valley divers fill podium at WPIAL meet
Two, three and five.

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North Allegheny’s Lola Malarky won the WPIAL Class 3A diving championship Feb. 24, at North Allehgeny. Also earning medals were North Allegheny’s Juliet Hood (second) and Maggie Lapina (third). Mars’ Emily Mueller (fourth), Pine-Richland’s Kendyll Jerry (fifth), Seneca Valley’s Ali Waters (sixth), Fox Chapel’s Ainsley Anderson (seventh) and Mars’ Mya Lee (eighth).
North Allegheny divers follow different routes to WPIAL success
March 2, 2024
A gymnastics background can certainly help, but North Allegheny diving coach Patti McClure says she’s first looking for a kid with a “kamikaze” attitude.

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The North Allegheny girls swim team celebrates with the first-place trophy during the WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny again sweeps WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships
March 1, 2024
Another year, another pair of WPIAL swimming trophies for North Allegheny to add to its impressive case.

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Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost (right) stands atop the podium after winning the 100-yard fly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Thursday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Freeport’s Kira Schrecongost reclaims gold in 100 butterfly at WPIAL Class 2A championships
February 29, 2024
Freeport junior Kira Schrecongost and South Park senior Katie Jackovic have developed quite the WPIAL rivalry in the girls 100 butterfly.

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Burrell senior Chloe Walton
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Burrell’s Chloe Walton
February 26, 2024
Handling the rigors of a high school sport and maintaining a 4.0 GPA is a tough balancing act.

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The 2023-24 Chartiers Valley swimming team.
South Korea native Dawson Lee makes immediate impact with Chartiers Valley swimming
February 25, 2024
Back in the fall, Chartiers Valley swimming and diving coach Morgan Soulia received a message from an aspiring high school swimmer.

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Quaker Valley’s Marcus Zhan swims the 500 yard freestyle during a meet at Beaver on Jan. 31.
Sewickley Herald notebook: Quaker Valley swimmers show grit
Quaker Valley’s boys swim team competed with just seven athletes on its roster in 2023-24.

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Seneca Valley’s Isaiah Clerkley
Seneca Valley, North Allegheny divers continue dominant runs with WPIAL titles
February 24, 2024
Seneca Valley’s Isaiah Clerkley turned in a dominant performance and Lola Malarky extended North Allegheny’s stranglehold on girls gold at the WPIAL Class 3A diving championships Saturday.

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The 2023-24 Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams had 20 athletes advance to the WPIAL championship meet. The boys team went 11-0 to win the section title.
After sweeping section titles, Franklin Regional swimmers speed into WPIAL meet
It’s been quite a season for the Franklin Regional swimming teams.

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Hampton’s Lainey Sheets swims in the WPIAL Class 2A 100-yard backstroke during the 2023 WPIAL meet.
Hampton swimmers to bring competitive fire to WPIAL meet
Swimmers by their nature are super competitive, both in practice when challenging teammates and at meets against other schools.

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Bethel Park’s Trent Powell competes during the 2023-24 season.
Bethel Park junior swimmer sweeps her way into WPIAL meet
Bethel Park junior Cally Edner made a big splash in the pool again this year.

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Seventeen swimmers are representing Plum at the 2024 WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29-March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool. In front, from left, are Elle Irwin, Amelia Faust, Dom Massie, Kaileigh Smith, Therese Schollaert, Giuliana Ricciuti, Delaney Hunsinger, Brooke Price and Charlotte Faust. In back are Connor Potochnik, Max Woltjen, Wade Keresztury, Zach Cooper, Maddox Sciullo, Aiden Irwin, Ethan Schohn and Ben Stricklin.
Plum swimmers aim to contend at WPIAL championship meet
Brooke Price will again swim the 100-yard backstroke Friday on the second day of the WPIAL Class 3A championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Hampton’s Gabby Elk
Blackhawk senior, Hampton sophomore win WPIAL Class 2A diving championships
February 23, 2024
Blackhawk senior Brecken Finkbeiner maintained the same spot on the podium as last year. Hampton sophomore Gabby Elk moved up two steps.

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