Swimming

Shady Side Academy swimmers seek another strong season
December 10, 2017
Last year, the Shady Side Academy swim team put together strong performances during the season and playoffs. The girls finished at 10-2-1 and were Section

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Gateway's Olivia Livingston swims to a meet record in winning the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Gateway’s Livingston returns to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
Olivia Livingston burst onto the high school swimming scene in a big way last year. She already was known as a high-level racer in club-swimming

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Deer Lakes swimer Renee Robson works on her freestyle stroke during practice Thursday, Dec. 7, at Deer Lakes.
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers hunt for hardware
Renee Robson made the most of her first varsity swim season. The Deer Lakes sophomore posted one of the area's top WPIAL finishes last year

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Chartiers Valley's Josh Gardner practices with the team Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the high school.
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley swim teams show growth
December 9, 2017
As the 2017-18 swimming and diving season gets underway, the fortunes of Carlynton and Chartiers Valley are looking up. Numbers have increased for both programs,

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Penn Hills swimmers reload veteran program
December 8, 2017
After only losing a couple of key contributors from last year's team, the Penn Hills swimming program looks to utilize its team to make an

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Hampton's Lia Appel trains for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Upperclassmen embrace leadership role for Hampton girls swimming team
December 3, 2017
A natural part of an athlete's growth cycle is learning to teach younger teammates knowledge and techniques for the betterment of the team. For the

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Hampton swimming coach Morgan Zweygardt gets her team ready for the season at a practice Saturday.
Hampton boys swimming team on the clock
The mathematics behind swimming times aren't complicated, but swimmers still analyze and adjust regularly. For the Hampton boys, adjustments had to be made last season

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Norwin swimmers eye improvement this season
November 27, 2017
Things are looking up for the Norwin boys and girls swimming teams. Almost everyone who competed for the Knights at the WPIAL Class AAA championship

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Penn-Trafford's Paige Kalik, during the WCCA diving championships at Derry Area Highschool in Derry, on Friday Jan. 27, 2017.
Penn-Trafford teams ready to dive into season
Once again, diving will be a strength for the Penn-Trafford boys and girls swimming teams. Junior Paige Kalik, sophomore Victoria Woodley and junior Logan Sherwin,

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Shaler's Jack Wiemann swims the third leg of the boys 400-yard freestyle relay during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Shaler swimmers aim to improve this season
November 18, 2017
The Shaler swimming program won't rely on a sudden infusion of talent to lead its program this season. With several WPIAL qualifiers returning, the Titans

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2017
April 8, 2017
The newest class of the WPIAL Hall of Fame includes a current NFL player, a former NFL head coach and a high school coach who sent almost a dozen players to the NFL. The 2017 class was announced by the WPIAL at a news conference Thursday at the Heinz History Center. This is the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. The inductees with NFL ties are: Terrelle Pryor, who played for the Cleveland Browns last year and has signed with the Washington Redskins; former New York Jets head coach Joe Walton; former Woodland Hills coach George Novak, who sent 11 players to the NFL.

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WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Results From Day Two
March 3, 2017
It was just another day, just another championship for the North Allegheny Tigers boys and girls swimmers. After building dominating day one leads neither team looked back and took the WPIAL Team Championships handily in day two.

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2017 WPIAL Boys & Girls Swimming Results From Day One
March 2, 2017
The North Allegheny machine just keeps rolling on as both the boys and girls marched out to a solid day-1 lead over their competition in Day One of the WPIAL Swimming championships.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/26/2017
February 26, 2017
A golden week marks the transition from the February Frenzy to the scholastic version of the Madness of March all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our EXCLUSIVE postseason coverage concludes with Semifinals and Championship action in the WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls basketball playoffs along with the start of the PIHL high school hockey playoffs, the 2017 WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class 3-A Championships and the 2017 WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report on the road at a special time, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, February 27th:

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Mars Taylor Hockenberry Still the Queen of WPIAL Diving
February 25, 2017
A move up in classification had no effect on Taylor Hockenberry. After a silver medal as a freshman and gold medals each of the past two seasons competing in Class AA, the Mars senior made it a three-peat as WPIAL Champion, this time in Class AAA.

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Fox Chapel Sophomore Wins WPIAL 3-A Boys Diving
Fox Chapel sophomore Jonah Cagley earned a silver medal as a freshman last year and with two-time champion Joey Ference graduated, Cagley was considered one of the favorites for this year’s Boys (3A) competition at North Allegheny High School. Cagley did not disappoint, finishing with a score of 525.20 to capture the gold medal. Cagley was the only diver to post a score over 500 points. Cagley came into the final round with a score of 381.75 and he finished strong with scores of 51.0, 38.5 and 54.6 to finish in first place.

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Beaver Sophomore Diver Wins WPIAL Girls 2-A Gold
February 24, 2017
At Moon High School in WPIAL Girls AA diving a new champion was crowned. With the PIAA realignment the last two years champion Taylor  Hockenberry from Mars will try to win a third straight title in AAA Saturday. But the new girls AA champion is from Beaver and she is Sophomore Ava Talorico. Talorico led from wire to wire easily taking the crown. In 2016 she finished 4th and was the leading scorer returning  for 2017. She won with a score of 392.35 beating her score form last year by 30.9 points. Anna Vogt a Sophomore from Ringgold finished a distant second with a score of 345.75 trailing Talorico by 46.6 points. These two should compete in the next two years as both are young divers. Jamieson Elia a Junior from Blackhawk was third scoring 288.35.

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South Fayette Senior Repeats as WPIAL Boys 2-A Diving Champ
With the Class AA boys diving field reduced to only six competitors, the 2017 Championship concluded in record time. Despite the brevity of the event at Moon Area High School, drama was still at the forefront, as South Fayette senior Trevor Mahoney repeated as champion, winning by a razor-thin margin. Mahoney edged Laurel Highlands' John Ek by less than one point, 427.05 to 426.15. The gold was decided in the final round, as Ek executed a spectacular dive, which yielded a score of 54.60. Mahoney, who was unaware of Ek's dive and consequently the score the needed to win, recorded a 42.0, which was just enough to take first place.

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Scholastic Notebook – 02/24/2017
It’s unusual for the Canon-McMillan boys basketball team to still be playing in late February. It is certainly a fun time for the Big Macs. For the Bell family, it’s twice as nice. Canon-McMillan’s coach is Rick Bell. His son, R.J., is a 6-foot-4 senior guard who has played a big role in getting the Big Macs to the WPIAL 6A quarterfinals. They play No. 1 seed Pine-Richland Saturday. The younger Bell had six 3-pointers in a first round victory against North Allegheny. R.J. is averaging in double figures. The victory against North Allegheny was only the third playoff win in school history for Canon-McMillan. The others were in 1996 and 2008. This is only the ninth time the Big Macs have been to the postseason.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/20/2017
February 20, 2017
The February Frenzy may feel like the springs high school sports postseason is here outside, but inside, the winter sports postseason heats up...much like outside, this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our EXCLUSIVE postseason coverage Continues with the WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls basketball playoff games, college hoops featuring Carlow University, WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class AAA Sectionals and PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Wrestling,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show, Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle and Carlow Sports Talk ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, February 20th:

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