Swimming

Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy won the WCCA boys diving championship Friday at Derry.
Latrobe’s Jordyn Miller, Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy claim WCCA diving titles
January 24, 2020
In three of the last four years heading into this year’s diving competition, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving title resided with Latrobe’s Taylor Miller.

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Trib HSSN girls swimmer of the week: Upper St. Clair’s Taylor Connors
Longtime followers of swimming at Upper St. Clair and throughout the WPIAL will remember the exploits of freestyler Merel Hommen.

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Junior Alex May owns several Montour boys swimming school records.
Trib HSSN boys swimmer of the week: Montour’s Alex May
Alex May was on a mission Monday as he set out to break the Montour school record in the boys 100-yard breaststroke.

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Gateway’s Summer Raymer competes in the 200 IM against Hampton on Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Gateway swimmers in good position for post-Livingston era
For the last couple of years, the standard bearer of the Gateway swimming program has been Olivia Livingston.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner having breakthrough season
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner favors the breaststroke but found he is good at other strokes, too.

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The Shady Side Academy swim team prepares for a Jan. 21 meet against Deer Lakes.
Shady Side Academy swimmers set for challenging stretch drive
The Shady Side Academy swim teams are hoping to parlay a strong finish to the regular season into a successful foray into the WPIAL playoffs.

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The South Fayette girls swim team won the West Allegheny Christmas meet on Dec. 28, 2019.
South Fayette swim team makes best of canceled invitational
January 23, 2020
The South Fayette swimming and diving teams traveled to south-central Pennsylvania for the Big 8 Invitational meet Jan. 17, where they competed against only two schools, including one from their backyard.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 meter butterfly on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 during their meet against Greensburg Salem at the Greensburg YMCA.
Several records on shaky ground at WCCA swim meet
At least three records seem destined to fall in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday at Derry.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls’ 100 butterfly against Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Greensburg YMCA.
Greensburg Salem girls swimmers have depth to stay afloat
January 20, 2020
The Greensburg Salem girls swimming team has faced the difficult task of replacing its top performer from last season, but depth has kept the Golden Lions afloat.

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Quaker Valley’s Halle Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Wagner leads youthful, talented Quaker Valley swimming team
January 18, 2020
On a Quaker Valley team with a lot of new members, junior swimmer Halle Wagner is a mainstay.

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Hampton’s Lydia Quaglia competes in the 100 fly against Gateway Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Hampton girls swim team showing growth
January 16, 2020
The Hampton girls swim team may not be sending a lot of individuals to WPIALs this year, but the training and hard work have paid off.

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Hampton’s Drew Scheib competes in the 200 medley relay against Gateway Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Hampton boys swim team eyes record-breaking season
The Hampton boys swim team is enjoying perhaps its strongest season in recent memory, which could translate to a banner year at WPIALs at North Allegheny in February.

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North Allegheny junior Katie Oates competes at the Bucknell Invitational on Jan. 4, 2020.
Cross-state meets give North Allegheny swimming, diving teams chance to grow
North Allegheny swimming and diving traveled across the state for two meets with mixed results.

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Moon senior Nicholas Settembrine is a WPIAL favorite this year in the Class AAA boys 100-yard backstroke.
Trib HSSN boys swimmer of the week: Moon’s Nicholas Settembrine
Nicholas Settembrine collected four medals — two individual and two in relays — at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan won WPIALtop-five medals last year in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
Trib HSSN girls swimmer of the week: Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan
Thomas Jefferson junior Hallie Findlan owns the top time in the Class AA girls 50-yard freestyle, according to the qualifying lists recently posted at WPIAL.org.

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Knoch senior Braden Zukowski listens to instruction from his Racer-X club coaches during a practice Dec. 30, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Knoch swimmer Braden Zukowski takes nothing for granted in WPIAL title quest
January 13, 2020
Knoch’s Braden Zukowski finished third overall in the boys 100-yard breaststroke at last year’s WPIAL Class AA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee poses with 2020 WPIAL qualifiers Lauren Bisignani, Jordyn Miller and Clay McClintock.
Deaf Latrobe diving coach Brownlee teaching more than technique
January 12, 2020
Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee, who is deaf, said it can be challenging at times to communicate with her divers.

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South Fayette swimmer Abbie Duncan signs a letter of intent to Ohio. She was joined by her parents, Gina and Eric, in front, and in back, Tom Donati, coach of the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club.
Trib HSSN girls swimmer of the week: South Fayette’s Abbie Duncan
January 9, 2020
Abbie Duncan sees the potential for a memorable final season with the South Fayette swim team.

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Indiana’s Isaac Griffith is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Trib HSSN boys swimmer of the week: Indiana’s Isaac Griffith
Isaac Griffith finished all alone at the top in the boys 100-yard butterfly at the West Allegheny Invitational on Dec. 28.

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The 2019-20 Latrobe swim team.
Latrobe swimming has one of its largest boys teams in years
January 6, 2020
Latrobe boys swimming and diving is off to a perfect start with one of its largest teams in recent seasons.

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