Swimming

Gateway’s Olivia Livingston is competing in the PIAA championships.
Gateway’s Livingston among WPIAL swimmers advancing to finals of PIAA swimming Day 1
March 11, 2020
Olivia Livingston is set to compete for her fourth PIAA championship in the Class AAA girls 50-yard freestyle.

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Members of Mt. Pleasant’s 400 free relay who will compete at the PIAA championships are, from left, Heather Gardner, SaraJo Gardner, Cally Hixson and Reegan Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Shahan lead area swimmers into PIAA meet
March 9, 2020
After repeating as WPIAL Class AA champion in two events, Belle Vernon junior swimmer Ian Shahan will be out to defend his PIAA titles this week at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Fox Chapel freshman in position to claim state swimming gold
Sophie Shao was the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool, and the Fox Chapel freshman turned away all challengers for her first taste of championship gold.

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Pine Richland’s Mila Cribbs competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Pine-Richland’s Vacula earns trip to PIAA swimming championships
March 6, 2020
At the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships Feb. 27-28 at Pitt’s Trees Pool, Trent Vacula turned in the best 200-yard individual medley time in Pine-Richland history.

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Plum’s Joey Decheck competes in the boys 100 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Plum’s Decheck earns shot to compete with best in state
Joey Decheck swims this week at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson’s Findlan claims 1st WPIAL swimming title in program history
Hallie Findlan has been rewriting the Thomas Jefferson record book in girls swimming for three years.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championships Feb. 28 at Trees Pool.
Quaker Valley’s Huang seeking more hardware at PIAA meet
After earning two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to more awards at the PIAA meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell.

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Shaler swimmer Nebiolo motivated by WPIAL performance
March 5, 2020
Lydia Nebiolo provided Shaler Area’s Keith Simmons with extra motivation for next year following her performance at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 27-28 Saturday at Trees Pool.

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North Allegheny swimmer Torie Buerger (center) with her brothers (back from left), Matthew, Zachary and Jonathan Buerger, and her parents, David and Sonya Buerger, at the 2019 PIAA championship meet at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swimmer Buerger winds down family tradition
An era will end when North Allegheny senior swimmer Torie Buerger is done competing in the PIAA Class AAA championship meet this week at Bucknell.

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Hampton’s Richie Donato shakes hands with Norwin’s Phong Tran after Donato won their heat in the boys 100 breaststroke during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Hampton boys swimming enjoys huge day at WPIAL championships
Morgan Zweygardt has gotten used to bringing one or two boys to states every year. This year, she will need a bigger vehicle to travel to Hershey.

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Hempfield’s Francesca Nemetz competes in the girls’ butterfly against Franklin Regional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Franklin Regional Middle School.
Westmoreland swimmers, divers set for PIAA championships
March 1, 2020
After two days of championship swims and other top performances at Pitt’s Trees Pool, WPIAL individuals and relays are preparing for the PIAA Class AAA and AA meets March 11-14 at Bucknell.

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Burrell freshman Payton O’Toole competes in the WPIAL Class AA girls 200-yard freestyle Feb. 27, 2020, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Several A-K Valley swimmers earn spots in PIAA meet
The PIAA released its preliminary psych sheets Sunday morning for the state swimming and diving championships March 11-14 at Bucknell, and the Alle-Kiski Valley is well represented.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 500-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championship Feb. 28, 2020, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
PIAA releases preliminary psych sheets for state swimming and diving championships
After two days of championship swims and other top performances at Pitt’s Trees Pool, WPIAL individuals and relays now are preparing for the PIAA Class AAA and AA meets March 11-14 at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel junior David Manelis won gold at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
The Herald Spotlight Athlete: David Manelis, Fox Chapel
February 28, 2020
David Manelis, a junior on the Fox Chapel diving team, struck gold at the WPIAL championships Feb. 21 as he claimed first place. He hopes to improve on last season’s second-place finish at the PIAA championships. He is undecided on a college but hopes to major in kinesiology.

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Franklin Regional’s Ryan McFaden competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Franklin Regional finishes strong at WPIAL Class AAA swim meet
There’s something to be said for going out on a high note.

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Fox Chapel girls place 3rd at WPIAL Class AAA swim championships
The Fox Chapel girls 200-yard medley relay kicked off the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships Thursday with a school record and a third-place medal.

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North Allegheny swimmers raise their trophy after winning the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
North Allegheny again sweeps WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
Most high school swim teams don’t practice cannonballs.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex Wagner competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
How to watch Day 2 of WPIAL basketball, swimming championships on Trib HSSN
Can’t get to Oakland today? Well, then catch all the action from the second day of the WPIAL swimming and basketball championships on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Deer Lakes’ Adam Morrison competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Deer Lakes swimmers take second, third in hotly contested 200 free at WPIAL meet
February 27, 2020
There weren’t any floats or marching bands at Thursday’s WPIAL Class AA swimming championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool, but there was a sizable parade of Alle-Kiski Valley individuals and relay teams to the medal podium in the session’s six events.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 yard backstroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
How to watch 2020 WPIAL swimming, basketball championships
It will be a day of gold medals and golden basketball trophies.

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