NH’s Bostick & Char Valley’s Lohman Win WPIAL AAA Diving Gold

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 8:59 PM


North Hills senior Noah Bostick captured a bronze medal as a sophomore and at last year’s competition he took home the silver with a score of 496.65. Consider the progression complete for Bostick as he captured the WPIAL Class AAA gold medal by posting a score of 506.85 at North Allegheny High School.

Bostick was solid throughout all three rounds of the meet. After going back and forth with Penn-Trafford sophomore Joey Ference heading into the final round of three dives, Bostick took control with his first final dive and finished 52.10 points ahead of the second place finisher, Andrew Doerfler of North Allegheny.

Ference was in line to capture the silver medal but had a failed dive on his next to last attempt which allowed Doerfler to move into second place. Doerfler, making his second
straight appearance in the diving finals, finished 7th last year as a sophomore and scored 454.75 in this year’s meet. Ference, 11th as a freshman, finished with a score of 403.20.

The top 6 finishers in the finals will represent the WPIAL in the state championships. Junior Cary Johns from Mt. Lebanon (400.10), senior Addison Lynch from Fox Chapel (398.95) and sophomore Andrew Sederholm from Franklin Regional (379.10) will join the medalists to compete at Bucknell University on Wednesday March 12th in the PIAA Boys AAA state diving championships.

Here is the final order of finish:

WPIAL Class AAA Boys 1 Meter Diving

Name                                    Year        School                        Total Points

1              Bostick, Noah                    SR           North Hills                          506.85

2              Doerfler, Andrew            JR            North Allegheny              454.75

3              Ference, Joey                    SO          Penn Trafford                    403.20

4              Johns, Cary                         JR            Mount Lebanon               400.10

5              Lynch, Addison                 JR            Fox Chapel                         398.95

6              Sederholm, Andrew       SO          Franklin Regional            379.10

7              Redman, Riley                   JR            Pittsburgh Central           369.30

8              Devine, Tommy                SR           Peters Township              342.25

9              Kern, Nathan                     SR           Pine Richland                     341.70  

10           Kisiel, Luke                          JR            Connellsville                       337.70

11           Fremer, Gage                    SR           Peters Township              325.15

12           McCollough, Levi              SO          Butler                                    319.90    

13           Murray, Zach                     SR           Baldwin                                318.85   

14           Schon, Kevin                      SO          Franklin Regional              316.55

15           Zottola, John                      JR            Fox Chapel                          316.50

16           Ziegler, Jared                     SO          North Allegheny               312.65

17           Lohman, Brett                   JR            Upper St. Clair                                   226.35

18           Schmelzer, Mike              SO          Shaler                                   222.50

19           Bertoni, Mike                    JR            Penn Trafford                    217.80

20           Wolff, Joey                         SO          North Hills                           210.00

21           Todd, Nathan                    SR           Hempfield                           137.50

22           Browell, Xander                SR           Peters Township              136.65

23           Swindal, Joe                       SO          Mt. Lebanon                      133.35

24           Bachner, Blake                  JR            Kiski Area                            127.35

25           Barta, Taylor                       JR            Greater Latrobe               122.15

26           Skidmore, Mitch               JR            Moon                                      99.55  

27           Hawthorne, Ben               JR            Hampton                               97.70

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Chartiers Valleys’ Maria Lohman won her third overall gold medal, 2nd in AAA girls diving (she won gold her Freshman year in AA) today in the diving championship. Lohman who finished with a personal best score of 540.15 led the entire meet. After the preliminary round she led by 60.85 points then expanded her lead after the Semi-Final to 87.10 points. The final round was really only a formality and Lohman made it count with her final three dives beating the 2nd place finisher, Miranda Simon of Fox Chapel 126.05 points. Simon a talented diver in her own right finished with an impressive 414.10 a very high score for any meet so that should show you how well Lohman performed. The top six finishers go on to states from the meet and they were Lohman(540.15), Simon(414.10), Julia Vespoli(407.10) of hosting North Allegheny, Emily Eames(380.10) of Fox Chapel, Brionna Litwin(378.50) of Bethel Park, Kalli Bickett(369.90) of Mt. Lebanon. The aforementioned Litwin completed the McDonalds Dive of the Meet on her final dive with a back one and a half summer-sault with a half twist with free entry and a 2.1 difficulty. She did that dive with her state hopes on the line and by the judges standards nailed it to move on to Bucknell and the PIAA Championships. The meet started with 28 divers and then was cut to 20 divers followed by a round of 16. In order of finish after the top six were:

Maria Capozzi 363.60,

Alyssa Siano 357.20,

Maddie Mianzo 345.80,

Abbie Settembrono 334.00,

Claire Welland 326.50,

Emma Dorazio 325.20,

Desiree Kline 320.95,

Claire Jacob 319.85,

Allison Penny 297.20,

Emmalee Keep 273.25 round out the final round competitors.

The semi-finalists were those divers the top 6 mentioned earlier and:

Katelyn Schmidt 219.45,

Morgan Melencia 204.10,

Rachel Douglas 201.10,

Jill McDonnell 199.35.

The divers who didn’t make it past the preliminaries:

Rena Gerber 132.05,

Autumn Fotta 131.10,

Erin Ferrari 127.45,

Ashley Wentz 123.60,

Julianna DiPippa 122.50,

Brooke Boggio 117.15,

Kalin Marino 112.80,

Alexandra Smithco 83.30.

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