Swimming

Central Catholic senior John Guilinger is set to swim the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN boys swimmer of the week: John Guilinger, Central Catholic
February 14, 2020
John Guilinger began his final varsity swim season at Central Catholic with both peace of mind and added energy after finalizing his decision to attend Penn State during the signing period in November.

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Belle Vernon’s Delaney Patterson competes during the 2019-20 season.
Belle Vernon swimmer Delaney Patterson joins teammate Ian Shahan among WPIAL’s best
February 10, 2020
Belle Vernon has had some outstanding male swimmers in recent seasons, but a female also deserves a piece of the spotlight.

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Knoch senior diver Aryanna Napora has her sights set on getting back to the PIAA Class AA meet at Bucknell. She qualified for states as a freshman and sophomore but fell short last season, placing eighth in the WPIAL.
Quartet of Knoch divers hope to make ripple at WPIALs
February 7, 2020
Aryanna Napora set a goal at the beginning of her high school career to qualify for the PIAA Class AA diving championships all four years.

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Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Schonbachler returns for the 2019-20 swim season.
Pine-Richland swimmers ready for WPIAL meet
With only a couple of meets left to before the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships, Pine-Richland is solidifying its list of athletes who have earned qualifying times for their respective events. And this season, coach Pete Barry is optimistic about the prospect of his swimmers bringing home medals.

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Northgate’s Cooper Groll hopes to add to the eight WPIAL medals he’s won over his first two varsity seasons.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: Northgate’s Cooper Groll
In his first swim of his first WPIAL Class AA championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool two years ago, Cooper Groll landed in the record books.

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North Allegheny junior Olivia Kisow hopes to again make waves in her third trip to the WPIAL championships.
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: North Allegheny’s Olivia Kisow
In her four events at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool, Olivia Kisow stood on the medals podium after each one.

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North Allegheny swimmer Molly Smyers competes during the 2019-20 season.
North Allegheny’s Smyers motivated to find success at PIAA meet
February 6, 2020
North Allegheny junior swimmer Molly Smyers hopes to change a pattern that has seen her shine in the WPIAL Class AAA championships, then stumble at states.

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Penn Hills’ Colleen Hoolahan broke a school record in the 100 breast that stood since 1984.
Colleen Hoolahan puts exclamation point on Penn Hills career with record swim
Penn Hills senior Colleen Hoolahan has been on a mission since her freshman year to leave her own mark with the swim program. On senior night, Hoolahan finally reached her goal as she knocked down a school record that has lasted over 36 years.

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Knoch’s Maddie Boyer is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer, Burrell’s Ian Oswalt
February 4, 2020
Madilyn Boyer

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Riverview swimmer Caitlyn Moore works on her backstoke during practice Feb. 3, 2020 at Shady Side Academy.
Riverview pair gearing up for WPIAL swim meet
February 3, 2020
As a freshman, Beth Shoop declared her independence as the only high school varsity swimmer from Riverview.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy poses with his coach, Trish Brownlee, after he won the boys 1-meter diving title Jan. 24, 2020, at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships.
Ligonier Valley diver Nick Roddy learns fast
February 2, 2020
After competing in gymnastics, Ligonier Valley sophomore Nick Roddy took up swimming, then diving, and has had success in both, especially diving.

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North Hills junior Joshua Bogniard is ranked second in the WPIAL Class AAA boys 100-yard freestyle.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: North Hills’ Joshua Bogniard
January 31, 2020
Joshua Bogniard continues to make his move up the swim ranks in WPIAL Class AAA.

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Laurel Highlands sophomore Elizabeth Thomas owns the top time this season in the WPIAL Class AA girls 100-yard backstroke.
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Laurel Highlands’ Elizabeth Thomas
At last year’s WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool, Elizabeth Thomas was one of two freshmen to medal in the girls 100-yard backstroke.

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Penn-Trafford’s Prokopec leaves WCCAs with record time
Penn-Trafford junior swimmer Austin Prokopec considered himself lucky to set a meet record in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko breaks meet record at WCCAs
Norwin senior swimmer Ethan Tulenko went into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25 expecting to set a meet record, and he did.

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Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe competes in the WCCA diving championships Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Franklin Regional swimming, diving get mixed bag at WCCAs
The Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams had mixed outcomes at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships Jan. 24-25 at Derry.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Bobak comeptes against Baldwin on Jan. 14, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
New pool, new attitude for Thomas Jefferson swim team
The Thomas Jefferson swimming and diving program is thriving, thanks in large part to the school’s beautiful new 25-yard pool.

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Thomas Jefferson coach John Penn and Peters Township assistant Ryan Fagan guide their teams during a meet Jan. 21, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
New pool at Thomas Jefferson gets visit from old friend Ryan Fagan
Thomas Jefferson’s new state-of-the-art pool had a distinguished visitor Jan. 21 when the Jaguars met Peters Township in a nonsection meet.

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Quaker Valley swimmer Ella Fuener competes at a meet Jan. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley freshman Fuener makes splash in freestyle
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Ella Fuener is not super-competitive, coach Alexis Glenn said, but she’s still among the team’s best performers.

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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’s Mihm listed among nation’s top swimmers
January 30, 2020
North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm was recently named to a list of the country’s top 18-and-under male swimmers by USA Swimming.

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