Swimming

Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis won the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA championships March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Spekis claim PIAA swimming gold
March 14, 2019
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan enjoyed the feeling of winning his first PIAA Class AA championship so much he went out and picked up another.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz won the PIAA Class AA diving title March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
North Catholic’s Maziarz wins 2nd straight Class AA state diving title
LEWISBURG — North Catholic junior Kyle Maziarz has repeated as PIAA Class AA boys diving champion.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner
PIAA Class AA Day 2: WPIAL swimmers set for championship finals
A group of WPIAL swimmers punched tickets to the PIAA Class AA Day 2 championship finals set for Thursday evening at Bucknell University.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Trio of WPIAL standouts claim gold on Day 1 of PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships
LEWISBURG — Northgate-Avonworth’s Karen Siddoway trailed Northern York senior Kate Luft for most of the girls Class AA 200-yard freestyle final Wednesday evening at Bucknell University.

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Deer Lakes’ Morrison medals at PIAA Class AA swimming championships
March 13, 2019
LEWISBURG — Adam Morrison swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s PIAA Class AA championships and finished 15th.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan (center) captured the PIAA Class AA title in the 100 butterfly Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon swimmer Shahan takes PIAA title in 100 butterfly
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan started Wednesday’s evening session of the PIAA Class AA swimming championships with his Belle Vernon teammates in the boys 200-yard medley relay.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll works on her breaststroke during a recent practice.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll aiming high at PIAA swimming championships
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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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
March 8, 2019
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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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
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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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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