Swimming

Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant girls optimistic about WPIALs after winning county swim title
January 27, 2020
After winning its third straight county Class AA title, the Mt. Pleasant girls swimming team has high hopes for the WPIAL championship meet in late February at Pitt.

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Fox Chapel’s Leia Ross works out in the pool Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel swimmers ready to take run at section title
The Fox Chapel girls swimming and diving team went undefeated in 2016-17 and captured a section championship.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny poses atop the medal stand after winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the PIAA meet last season.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny named to list of country’s top under-18 swimmers
Upper St. Clair junior swimmer Josh Matheny is focused on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials after earning a top honor recently from USA Swimming.

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Burrell’s Nick Sabo competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Kiski Area freshmen impress at Westmoreland County swimming championships
January 25, 2020
A pair of Kiski Area freshmen were excited to see where they stood compared to the top swimmers in Westmoreland County.

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Kiski Area’s Corben Kohut competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Record-setting WCCA swimming meet for Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner
Heading into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships, Belle Vernon junior Ian Shahan and Mt. Pleasant senior Heather Gardner had their sights on reaching the record books.

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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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