Swimming

Fox Chapel freshman Jackson Hagler dives at practice on Jan. 28, 2022.
Fox Chapel freshman has eyes on PIAA diving qualification
February 25, 2022
Jackson Hagler quickly established himself as a qualifier for the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.

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Noah Passalinqua, a junior at Gateway, is seeded seventh for Saturday’s WPIAL Class AAA boys diving championships at North Allegheny High School.
Gateway’s Passalinqua aims for success at WPIAL diving championships
Noah Passalinqua established himself as a major player in Class 3A boys diving throughout the season, and now he hopes to make his mark on a championship stage.

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Shaler swimmer finds success in pool, open water
February 20, 2022
Circumstance didn’t keep Noah Long out of the water. Opportunities to swim inside were limited by the pandemic, so the Shaler junior decided to try an open water event.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay.
Before speeding off to Youngstown State, North Hills swimmer excited for WPIAL meet
February 19, 2022
As Maddie Mahoney learned, she also grew an appreciation for teaching.

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Franklin Regional swimmer Owen Holm, right, poses with brother Benjamin Holm after the Panthers won a share of the team title at the WCAA meet.
Westmoreland Senior Spotlight: Franklin Regional’s Owen Holm
February 14, 2022
School, swimming, homework, sleep, repeat.

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Pine-Richland swimmer Matthew Carper
Pine-Richland swimmer driven to make name for himself in breaststroke
February 13, 2022
Athletes find motivation in many different forms, and Pine-Richland swimmer Matthew Carper’s stems from a former competitor.

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in fine form
                                Gateway junior Morgan Holmes swims the 100-yard backstroke in practice Feb. 9 at Gateway High School. Holmes entered last Thursday’s home meet with Shaler with a 100 backstroke time of 59.37, just seven one-hundredths of a second off the WPIAL automatic cut. <strong>Story, page 10</strong>
Gateway’s Holmes siblings look forward to WPIAL championships
Andrew Holmes has his sights set on more WPIAL gold at Pitt’s Trees Pool in a couple weeks as he hopes to add to last year’s WPIAL title in the 200-yard freestyle.

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Quaker Valley’s Ella Fuener competes in the 100-yard freestyle at the WPIAL championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Quaker Valley swimmers hitting peak as WPIAL meet approaches
The Quaker Valley girls swim team opened the 2021-22 season with a nonsection loss at Northgate. Since then, the Quakers won six of seven meets to go to 6-2 overall.

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The 100-yard backstroke is one of the events Norwin’s Joey Testa qualified for the WPIAL meet in.
Norwin notebook: Swimmer gets in on ground floor at Southern Indiana
February 12, 2022
Norwin senior Joey Testa moved from Katy, Texas, where she was a standout for Katy Aquatics in the AAA Junior Olympics. She still holds records there.

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Plum’s Elizabeth Glasspool has earned WPIAL-qualifying marks in several events.
Before heading to Providence, Plum’s Glasspool has sights set on WPIAL success
February 9, 2022
Elizabeth Glasspool hopes to make a big splash in the smallest state in the country.

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North Allegheny’s Lexi Sundgren competes in the girls 200 freestyle during the 2020 WPIAL championships.
With longtime coach out of retirement, North Allegheny swim teams out to achieve more excellence
February 6, 2022
Longtime North Allegheny swimming coach Corky Semler didn’t hesitate when athletic director Bob Bozzuto asked if he was interested in coming out of retirement this winter.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Dominic Falcon, Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King
February 5, 2022
Dominic Falcon

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Plum’s Elizabeth Glasspool works out on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in the pool at Plum High School.
Before heading to Providence, Plum’s Glasspool has sights set on WPIAL success
Elizabeth Glasspool hopes to make a big splash in the smallest state in the country.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association swimming championships Jan. 29.
Franklin Regional swim teams top competitive field to win county titles
The Franklin Regional swimming teams flexed their muscles Jan. 29 and returned to Murrysville after the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet with team titles and numerous winners in tow.

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Fox Chapel swimmer Payton O’Toole works on her freestyle stroke during practice Monday.
Fox Chapel swim teams speeding toward section titles
January 31, 2022
Payton O’Toole made a splash two years ago as a freshman at Burrell with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class 2A championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. She also was sixth in the 500 free.

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Belle Donato is a senior swimmer on the 2021-22 Hampton swim team.
Hampton swimmer Donato glides toward WPIALs
January 29, 2022
Belle Donato’s watchful parents urged her to trust them and take the plunge.

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Kiski Area’s Paige Kunkle competes in the 200 medley relay during a meet against Plum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area swimmers Hansen, Sterlitz have sights set on top spots at WCCA meet
January 28, 2022
As freshmen in 2020, Levi Hansen and Parker Sterlitz made a run at the boys 500-yard freestyle title at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships at Derry High School.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao competes in the girls 200-yard individual medley at last year’s WPIAL Class 3A swimming championship.
WPIAL releases latest swimming and diving performance lists
January 25, 2022
Fox Chapel junior Sophie Shao, the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A champion in the 100-yard butterfly, looks at her time in the event on the swimming performance list on the WPIAL website and sees who also is recording top times and making a charge up the rankings.

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Highlands’ Aidan Ochoa finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke in last year’s WPIAL championships.
With home pool closed, Highlands swimming performing at high level
There’s no place like home, as they say.

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Valley off to 2-1 start as swimmers gain valuable experience
Kim Johnson has watched her team progress every day. And now the results are starting to show.

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