Swimming

Penn-Trafford’s diving team was well-represented at the WPIAL championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny. From left are senior Logan Sherwin, Penn-Trafford diving coach Mark Martini, senior Paige Kalik and sophomore Xander Lentz.
Penn-Trafford diver Kalik making familiar trek to PIAA championships
March 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford senior Paige Kalik is headed to the PIAA Class AAA girls diving championship March 15 at Bucknell for the third consecutive season, and this time she will have company.

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Franklin Regional’s Mason Fishell (second from right) placed fifth at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.
Franklin Regional’s Fishell grabs final PIAA diving spot
Franklin Regional senior Mason Fishell hopes to do better at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championship meet March 16 at Bucknell than he did the last time.

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Indiana senior Nathan Kerchensky competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Northgate girls, Indiana boys crowned WPIAL Class AA swimming champions
March 1, 2019
Throughout the entirety of the second day of WPIAL Class AA championship swimming action at Pitt’s Trees Pool, both the boys and girls teams for Northgate and Indiana were jockeying for pole position in the standings, trading off the Nos. 1 and 2 spots with each passing event.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) and other competitors begin their heat in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Deer Lakes’ Morrison outlasts Mars counterpart to capture WPIAL 500 freestyle title
Adam Morrison and Andrew Pierre couldn’t be separated.

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Belle Vernon senior Robert Spekis competes in the boys 100 breaststroke during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool. Spekis set a new WPIAL record with his swim.
Pair of Belle Vernon boys break records at WPIAL swimming championships
A pair of Belle Vernon boys left the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool not only as WPIAL champions, but also as freshly minted record-holders Friday.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll poses for a photo after the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll sets WPIAL breaststroke record in claiming gold medal
Zoe Skirboll counted down the days to her first opportunity at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.

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The North Allegheny girls swim team defended its title at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls swim teams maintain dominance at WPIAL meet
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams reign again.

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A-K Valley swimmers earn medals, set records in WPIAL Class AA meet
February 28, 2019
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers from Fox Chapel, Plum and Kiski Area set the tone with medal-winning finishes, season-best times and several school records in the first session of the WPIAL championships Thursday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo (in blue cap) won the 50-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.
Mayo, Shahan, Gardner take gold on 1st day of WPIAL swimming
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo isn’t swimming for North Carolina yet. The All-American standout is still mining for WPIAL gold as he won the 50-yard freestyle Thursday afternoon at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Northgate’s Siddoway defends 200 freestyle title at WPIAL Class AA swimming championships
Karen Siddoway had a repeat performance on her mind as she stepped to the starting block for Thursday’s final heat in the girls 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AA championships.

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls in control after Day 1 of WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams didn’t waste any time showing WPIAL opponents why there are the favorites to continue their domination of Class AAA.

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Fox Chapel freshman Zoe Skirboll competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel girls off to fast start at WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The Fox Chapel girls 200-yard freestyle relay kicked off Day 1 of the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships with a fourth-place finish in a school-record time of time of 1 minute, 46.12 seconds.

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Highlands High School swimmer Rachel Blackburn does laps during a practice on Dec. 29, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
February 27, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor trains for the upcoming 2018-2019 season Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Fox Chapel senior Jonah Cagley won his third consecutive gold medal Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.
The Herald Spotlight Athlete: Fox Chapel’s Jonah Cagley
Jonah Cagley, a senior on the Fox Chapel swimming and diving team, won his third straight title two weeks ago at the WPIAL Class AAA championships.

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Freshman swimmers (from left) Alexis Schrecongost (Freeport), Sam Wygonik (St. Joseph) and Zoe Skirboll (Fox Chapel) hope for successful swims at the WPIAL championships Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
A-K Valley freshmen hoping to make splash at WPIAL swimming championships
February 26, 2019
At the start of her first WPIAL swim season in November, Alexis Schrecongost didn’t think she would ascend to the position she is at heading into the WPIAL championships Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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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.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Penn Hills’ Kimani Gregory waits to compete in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Hempfield’s Gavin Mayo, a North Carolina recruit, is the top seed in the boys 50 freestyle for the WPIAL championships, which will be Thursday and Friday at Pitt.
North Carolina recruit Mayo leads Westmoreland swimmers into WPIAL championship meet
February 25, 2019
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo looks forward to showing off the form that made him a Division I recruit Thursday and Friday at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Penn-Trafford senior Paige Kalik won her second consecutive gold medal Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.
Fox Chapel’s Cagley, Penn-Trafford’s Kalik repeat at WPIAL diving
February 23, 2019
Defending champs reigned at North Allegheny during Saturday’s WPIAL Class AAA diving championships: When all was said and done, both student-athletes who entered as defending champs left with gold.

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