Swimming

North Allegheny swimmer Torie Buerger (center) with her brothers (back from left), Matthew, Zachary and Jonathan Buerger, and her parents, David and Sonya Buerger, at the 2019 PIAA championship meet at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swimmer Buerger winds down family tradition
March 5, 2020
An era will end when North Allegheny senior swimmer Torie Buerger is done competing in the PIAA Class AAA championship meet this week at Bucknell.

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Hampton’s Richie Donato shakes hands with Norwin’s Phong Tran after Donato won their heat in the boys 100 breaststroke during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Hampton boys swimming enjoys huge day at WPIAL championships
Morgan Zweygardt has gotten used to bringing one or two boys to states every year. This year, she will need a bigger vehicle to travel to Hershey.

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Hempfield’s Francesca Nemetz competes in the girls’ butterfly against Franklin Regional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Franklin Regional Middle School.
Westmoreland swimmers, divers set for PIAA championships
March 1, 2020
After two days of championship swims and other top performances at Pitt’s Trees Pool, WPIAL individuals and relays are preparing for the PIAA Class AAA and AA meets March 11-14 at Bucknell.

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Burrell freshman Payton O’Toole competes in the WPIAL Class AA girls 200-yard freestyle Feb. 27, 2020, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Several A-K Valley swimmers earn spots in PIAA meet
The PIAA released its preliminary psych sheets Sunday morning for the state swimming and diving championships March 11-14 at Bucknell, and the Alle-Kiski Valley is well represented.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 500-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championship Feb. 28, 2020, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
PIAA releases preliminary psych sheets for state swimming and diving championships
After two days of championship swims and other top performances at Pitt’s Trees Pool, WPIAL individuals and relays now are preparing for the PIAA Class AAA and AA meets March 11-14 at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel junior David Manelis won gold at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
The Herald Spotlight Athlete: David Manelis, Fox Chapel
February 28, 2020
David Manelis, a junior on the Fox Chapel diving team, struck gold at the WPIAL championships Feb. 21 as he claimed first place. He hopes to improve on last season’s second-place finish at the PIAA championships. He is undecided on a college but hopes to major in kinesiology.

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Franklin Regional’s Ryan McFaden competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Franklin Regional finishes strong at WPIAL Class AAA swim meet
There’s something to be said for going out on a high note.

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Fox Chapel girls place 3rd at WPIAL Class AAA swim championships
The Fox Chapel girls 200-yard medley relay kicked off the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships Thursday with a school record and a third-place medal.

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North Allegheny swimmers raise their trophy after winning the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
North Allegheny again sweeps WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
Most high school swim teams don’t practice cannonballs.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex Wagner competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
How to watch Day 2 of WPIAL basketball, swimming championships on Trib HSSN
Can’t get to Oakland today? Well, then catch all the action from the second day of the WPIAL swimming and basketball championships on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Deer Lakes’ Adam Morrison competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Deer Lakes swimmers take second, third in hotly contested 200 free at WPIAL meet
February 27, 2020
There weren’t any floats or marching bands at Thursday’s WPIAL Class AA swimming championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool, but there was a sizable parade of Alle-Kiski Valley individuals and relay teams to the medal podium in the session’s six events.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 yard backstroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
How to watch 2020 WPIAL swimming, basketball championships
It will be a day of gold medals and golden basketball trophies.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers SaraJo (left) and Heather Gardner are among top seeds at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet set for Feb. 27-28, 2020.
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Gardner chases more gold at WPIAL championship meet
February 26, 2020
For the third consecutive season, Mt. Pleasant senior swimmer Heather Gardner is heading toward two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Lincoln Park’s Tanner Mathos is introduced before a game against Aliquippa on Dec. 17, 2019.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for Week of Feb. 24-March 1
February 23, 2020
The Path to the Pete concludes with the WPIAL basketball semifinals and championship games from Pitt this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi won gold at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
North Allegheny girls, Fox Chapel’s Manelis dominate at WPIAL diving championships
February 22, 2020
Going into the 31-diver girls event at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, the host North Allegheny Tigers had the top three seeds: freshman Zoe Ky first, junior Maya Ennis second and freshman Christina Shi third.

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Wrestling and diving and hoops, oh my. All the action Saturday on Trib HSSN
February 21, 2020
The second round of the WPIAL basketball playoffs concludes Saturday afternoon with quarterfinals games in boys 6A, boys 4A, girls 5A and girls 3A.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz and Maggie Foley won WPIAL diving championships Feb. 21, 2020.
North Catholic sweeps WPIAL Class AA diving championships
North Catholic, on the backs of a freshman and a senior, dominated the girls and boys events at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships Friday at South Park.

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Quaker Valley’s 200-yard freestyle relay team won at the Midwest Athletic Conference championship on Feb. 15, 2020. Top down, then to right are Halle Wagner, Sophie Besterman, Isabel Huang and Ella Fuener.
Quaker Valley’s Huang in position to defend WPIAL swimming titles
For the second consecutive season, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to topping the podium at the WPIAL Class AA championship Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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The 2019-20 Franklin Regional boys swim team.
Franklin Regional relay teams to battle for gold at WPIAL championships meet
Relays will be a strength for the Franklin Regional boys swimming and diving team at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Fox Chapel’s Vivian Shao works out in the pool Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy swimmers headed to WPIALs
The WPIAL swimming and diving championships will be Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool, and Shady Side Academy and Fox Chapel will be well represented.

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