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NORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY SWIMMING AND DIVING
TIGER TEAMS TOP FOX CHAPEL TWICE AS COACH SEMLER WINS 500th
Tiger Head Coach Kirk "Corky" Semler reached a milestone on Tuesday night when the Tiger teams defeated Fox Chapel. Coach Semler's teams won the 500 and 501st career victories garnered over a 28 year span as the boys' head coach and 27 years as the girls' mentor. Coach Semler's teams have won 12 WPIAL girls' titles and two WPIAL boys' championships. His teams have also won six girls' PIAA championships and one boys' PIAA title!
CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH SEMLER!!!!!!
The boys' team defeated Fox Chapel, 115-70, while the Lady Tigers edged the Foxes, 96.5-89.5. With the win, the boys remain unbeaten with a record of 6-0 with girls' record improving to 5-1. The meet was the section opener for both teams.
The boys dominated Fox Chapel, winning nine of 12 events, including sweeps in the 200 medley relay, 100 breaststroke, and diving. Leading the way for NA was junior Brandon Smith with a pair of firsts in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Senior Patrick Kirsch won the 100 breaststroke, junior Matt Scherer took the 500 free, junior Conor Battle captured the 100 fly, and junior John Nolan won the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Nate Kurtanich was first in the 50 free.
Adding second place points was junior Brendan Kirsch in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Third-place finishes were recorded by Scherer in the 200 free, senior Craig Bentzen in the 50 free, senior Andrew Shepard in both the 100 and 500 free, sophomore Max Rzodkiewicz in the 100 breaststroke, and freshman Luis Rodriguez in the 200 IM. The Tiger divers swept the competition with Byron Doll winning the event, senior Steve Domville taking second, and freshman Devin Glace third.
The Tiger 200 medley relay team of Shepard, Brendan Kirsch, sophomore Jordan Lebovitz, and Rodriguez outswam the Foxes to win.
For the Lady Tigers, it was the overall depth of the team that pulled out the close victory. Although NA won only five of twelve events, second and third place points were enough to win. The individual leader for the Lady Tigers was senior captain Kathy Faingold who won both the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Jamie Chakany was first in the 50 free and second in the 100 freestyle races. The diving team swept Fox Chapel with freshman Emilie Foley taking first, senior Claire Mackay second, and sophomore Olivia DeFazio third.
Picking up second-place points were senior Emilie Homa in the 500 free, senior Lindsay Chapon in the 100 breaststroke, junior Ashley Ferraro in the 100 fly, and freshman Kara Meyers in the 200 free. Adding important third-place points were senior Elaine Healy in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, junior Crissy Stack in the 100 back, junior Christine Mulkern in the 200 free, sophomore Andrea Chavlovich, and Meyers in the 500 free. The 200 medley relay race was won by the team of Faingold, Chapon, Ferraro, and Chakany.
The Tigers will be back in action again on Thursday when they travel to Shaler for a section meet with the Titans. Meet time is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
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TEAMS TAKE TWO
The Tiger teams defeated Gateway on Tuesday night at the Senior High pool. The boys' team downed the Gators, 107-74, while the Lady Tigers captured a 104-80 victory.
The boys' team upped their record to 5-0 with the 107-74 victory. The Tiger tankers won 9 of 12 events, led by sophomore Jack Crellin who won both the 200 free and 100 back. The Tigers swept both the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle relay. Junior John Nolan took the 200 IM, senior Andrew Shepard the 500 free, sophomore Nate Kurtanich in the 100 fly, and junior Brandon Smith the 100 breaststroke.
Second place points were recorded by junior Conor Battle in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races, senior Pat Kirsch in the 100 fly, Smith in the 100 free and freshman Luis Rodriguez in the 50 free. Picking up third place finishes were Nolan in the 100 fly, senior Peter Cai in the 200 IM, junior Brendan Kirsch in the 50 free, junior Rob Meyers in the 100 free, and freshman Joey Weiland in the 100 back. In the diving competition, senior Matt Kuhn was second and Byron Doll took third.
Two Tiger relay teams were successful in adding first place points. In the 200 medley, junior Matt Scherer, sophomore Max Rzodkiewicz, Kurtanich and Rodriguez teamed up for the victory. The 200 free relay team of Nolan, Smith, Brendan Kirsch, and Battle was also victorious.
The Lady Tigers improved their season record to 4-1 with the 104-80 win over the Gators. Senior Captain Kathy Faingold led the way with first places in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke as NA won 8 of the 12 events. Senior Emilie Homa had a lifetime best swim in the 200 IM and in winning the 500 freestyle. Sophomore Vanessa Carik won the 100 free, sophomore Jessica Shearer took the 200 free, and freshman Lauren Donaghue was first in the 50 free.
Garnering second-place points for NA were senior Elaine Healy in the 20 IM, sophomore Kara Stone in the 50 free, sophomore Lisa Czerniewski in the 500 free, and sophomore Jamie Chakany in the 100 back. Third-place finishes were taken by Czerniewski in the 200 free, Healy in the 100 breaststroke, and junior Ashley Ferraro in the 100 free. Freshman Cara Mulinary was third in the diving competition.
Two NA teams took first place relay points. In the 200 medley, Stone, senior Lindsay Chapon, sophomore Andrea Chavlovich, and Chakany outswam the Gators. The 200 free relay team of junior Christine Mulkern, Chapon, Chakany, and Homa took first place.
The Tiger teams will begin section competition next Tuesday when they host the Fox Chapel Foxes at the Senior High pool. Meet time is scheduled for 6:00 pm
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TIGER TEAMS WIN TWO IN OHIO
The Tiger swimming teams traveled to Ohio on Tuesday and came home with a pair of victories. In a meet at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, the boys' team defeated St. Edward, 100-70, while the Lady Tigers dunked the home team, 115-75.
The boys won six of eleven races including a sweep of the 100 backstroke and two of the three relays. Senior Kevin Gasperich and junior Rob Meyers both took a first and second to pace the Tigers. Gasperich won the 200 free while capturing second in the 500 free. Meyers was first in the 50 free and second in the 100 free. Junior Brandon Smith added a first in the 100 backstroke along with a third in the 200 individual medley. Junior Brendan Kirsch added a pair of thirds in the 50 free and 100 back. Senior Peter Cai again won the 100 breaststroke.
Senior Patrick Kirsch took second in the 100 back with freshman Luis Rodriguez adding a second in the 100 fly. Junior Matt Scherer was third in the 500 free with sophomore Nate Kurtanich taking second in the 100 fly.
Two Tiger relay teams were victorious. In the 200 medley, Pat Kirsch, Cai, Rodriguez, and junior John Nolan captured first place. The team of Rodriguez, Nolan, Meyers and Scherer won the 200 freestyle relay.
The Lady Tigers dominated Hathaway Brown in the easy 115-75 victory. NA won nine of the eleven races, including a sweep of the 100 breaststroke and all three relay races. Senior Emilie Homa and Kathy Faingold were both double winners. Homa won the 200 and 500 free, setting pool records in both races. Not to be outdone, Faingold also broke the pool records in winning the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Jamie Chakany took the 100 free in yet another pool record time and also took second in the 50 free. Junior Ashley Ferraro won the 100 fly in a pool record time.
Senior Lindsay Chapon took second in both the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke while freshman Kara Meyers was second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free. Senior Elaine Healy captured bronze in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Third-place points were earned by sophomore Andrea Chavlovich in the 100 fly, sophomore Kara Stone in the 100 back, and freshman Lauren Donaghue in the 50 free.
All three relay teams won their races. The 200 medley team of junior Crissy Stack, Chapon, Ferraro, and Donaghue broke the pool record in their win as did the 200 free relay team of Faingold, Donoghue, sophomore Jessica Shearer and Chakany. The 400 free relay team of Ckakany, Shearer, Chapon and Faingold wrapped up the victory with a win. The Lady Tigers broke a total of eight pool records in earning their third victory of the season.
The boys' team won their fourth straight to remain unbeaten while the Lady Tigers improved to 3-1. The Tiger teams will be back in action again on Tuesday when they host Gateway in a non-section meet. Action is scheduled to get under way at 6:00 pm.
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LEBANON FALLS TWICE
Both Tiger teams were victorious over the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils in a dual meet at Mt. Lebanon last week. The boys' easily defeated Lebo, 63-31, while the Lady Tigers needed a win in the last race to pull out a 49-45 win.
In the boys' meet, the Tigers won six of eleven races, sweeping all three relay races as they never trailed. Juniors Matt Scherer and Rob Meyers led the way with a first and second each. Scherer won the 500 free and was second in the 200 free while Meyers captured the 50 free and second in the 100 free. The other first place winner was senior Peter Cai in the 100 breaststroke.
The Tigers picked up key points with second and third place finishes. Junior Brandon Smith was second in both the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke, junior John Nolan was second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free, senior Kevin Gasperich took second in the 500 free and third in the 200 free, and senior Pat Kirsch earned a pair of third place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 back. Freshman Luis Rodriguez was second in the 100 fly, senior Craig Bentzen second in the 100 breaststroke, and sophomore Nate Kurtanich got third-place points in the 100 fly.
All three relay teams were victorious. In the 200 medley, Pat Kirsch, Cai, Rodriguez, and Meyers came in first. In the 200 free relay, it was the team of Smith, Nolan, Rodriguez and Gasperich. Finally, in the 400 free relay, junior Brendan Kirsch, senior Andrew Shepard, senior Steve Hilty, and Scherer swam to victory.
The Lady Tigers won 6 of eleven events, including two of the three relays. Individually, senior Kathy Faingold and sophomore Jamie Chakany were double winners. Faingold won both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke while Chakany captured the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Freshman Kara Meyers was second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free.
The girls' teams piled up points from second and third place finishes that helped set the stage for the final race. Junior Ashley Ferraro was second in the 100 fly while junior Christine Mulkern finished second in the 500 free. Third-place points were earned by freshman Lauren Donaghue in the 50 free, junior Crissy Stack in the 100 back, and senior Elaine Healy in the 100 breaststroke.
In the relay races, the 200 medley relay team took first behind sophomore Kara Stone, senior Lindsay Chapon, sophomore Jessica Shearer, and junior Ashley Ferraro. With the meet on the line with the score tied at 42-42, the 400 free relay team came home with the win that secured the victory. Chakany, Chapon, Mulkern and Faingold outdistanced Lebo to win the race and the meet.
The boys' squad remained unbeaten in three meets while the girls' improved to 2-1.
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TIGERS DEFEAT BETHEL PARK; GIRLS LOSE FIRST
by Sue Kirsch
The NA Tigers Swimming and Diving Teams faced perennial powerhouse Bethel Park in its second dual meet of the season. The boy’s team posted its second consecutive win of the season with a score of 112-66. In spite of posting many best times, the girls lost to Bethel Park 113-73.
The boy’s team started the evening strong with a first place finish by the junior relay team of Brendan Kirsch, Rob Meyers, John Nolan and Matt Scherer. Finishing a close second was the team of sophomore Jack Crellin, senior Peter Cai, freshman Luis Rodriguez and junior Brandon Smith. Continuing with this success were 1st and 2nd place finishes by seniors Patrick Kirsch and Steve Hilty in the 200 Freestyle. Also scoring points for NA in the 200 Free was freshman, Kevin Kuntz. The boys domination continued with 1st place finishes posted by seniors Andrew Shepard, and Kevin Gasperich and juniors, Matt Scherer, John Nolan and Brendan Kirsch in the 200 individual medley, 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke events respectively. 1st place finishes were also posted by Cai in the 100 Breast and Shepard in the 500 Free.
The boy’s success was bolstered by strong performances by junior Conor Battle with a 2nd place finish in the 100 Butterfly, senior Craig Bentzen with a 2nd place finish and WPIAL qualifying time in the 100 Breaststroke, freshman Luis Rodriguez in the 200 freestyle and medley relays, and sophomores Nate Kurtanich and Jordan Lebovitz.
Not to be outdone, the boy’s diving team led by senior captain Matt Kuhn posted 1st and 2nd finishes in the 1 meter diving event. Newcomer Bryon Doll managed his 1st WPIAL qualifying score and placed 2nd in the boy’s event, while senior Steve Domville placed 4th. Matt Kuhn’s point total of 228.90 once again secured his position in the “200 Club”. The girl’s diving team mirrored the boy’s successful performance with freshman Emilie Foley’s 1st place finish, sophomore Olivia DeFazio posted her 1st WPIAL qualifying score with a 2nd place finish and senior captain Claire Mackay’s 4th place finish.
The girl’s team started the evening strong with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay. Leading the girls to the 2nd place finish were sophomores Kara Stone, Jamie Chakany and Jessica Shearer and senior, Lindsay Chapon. Kathy Faingold captured 1st in the 200 Freestyle with freshman Kara Meyers and sophomore Vanessa Carik contributing to the team score. Jamie Chakany sent on to capture a second place finish in the 50 Freestyle assisted by up and coming freshman, Lauren Donoghue and sophomore Jessica Shearer who posted life time best times. Second place finishes were posted by Faingold in the 100 Freestyle and junior Ashley Ferraro in the 100 Fly. Senior Elaine Healy, Junior Christine Mulkern and Sophomores Vanessa Carik, and Andrea Chavlovich made strong contributions through out the evening posting several WPIAL qualifying times.
The teams paid tribute to NA 2005 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, Shannon Elliott-Tieppo at tonight’s Alumni Appreciation Night. Elliot-Tieppo a four year All-American, led the tigers to four WPIAL championships, along with a 2nd and 3rd place team finishes in the PIAA state championship meets. In addition to contributing to team honors, Eliott-Tieppo was a WPIAL and State champion in the 500 and 200 freestyle events, and set varsity and pool records in the 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relays. Elliott-Tieppo continued her illustrious swimming career at Michigan State lettering all 4 years, and earning Academic All Big Ten and Academic & Athletic Excellence awards. NA is very proud to have Elliott-Tieppo contributing her talents as an Assistant Swim Coach.
You can catch all the excitement of NA Swimming and Diving when the teams travel to Mount Lebanon High School on Thursday, December 22nd at 6p.m.
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TEAMS DUNK PINE-RICHLAND
Both Tiger teams won decisive victories over the Pine-Richland Rams at the Senior High pool on Monday night in the dual meet opener. In the boys' meet, NA defeated the Rams, 107-73, while the Lady Tigers were victorious by a 110-73 score.
In the boys' meet, the Tigers swept three events, the 100 free, the 200 free relay and the 100 backstroke. A number of Tiger swimmers picked up first place points. Senior Steve Hilty won the 200 freestyle while senior Peter Cai was victorious in the 200 individual medley. Junior John Nolan took gold in the 100 free with sophomore Mark Schenker winning the 100 back and taking third in the 50 free. Freshman Luis Rodriguez swam the fastest 50 free to win the event.
Two Tiger relay teams were victorious in their races. In the 200 medley, junior Matt Scherer, sophomore Max Rzodkiewicz, and juniors Rob Meyers and John Nolan combined for the win. In the 200 freestyle relay, it was Meyers, junior Brandon Smith, and seniors Andrew Shepard and Craig Bentzen posting the fastest time as the Tigers swept.
Earning second-place points for the Tigers were senior Patrick Kirsch in the 100 free, junior Conor Battle in the 100 fly, freshman Kevin Kuntz in the 500 free, and freshman Joey Weiland in the 100 backstroke. Placing third for NA were sophomore Sam Mickler in the 200 IM, sophomore Jordan Lebovitz in the 100 fly, sophomore Nate Kurtanich in the 100 free, freshman Trenton Oczypok in te 500 free and freshman Andrew Ho in the 100 back. In the diving competition, senior Matt Kuhn was second and senior Steve Domville third.
The Lady Tigers swept the 50 free and 100 fly on their way to the impressive victory. In individual events, sophomore Jamie Chakany won both the 200 IM and the 100 fly to pace NA. Sophomore Lisa Czerniewski was first in the 200 free and third in the 500 freestyle race. Seniors accounted for three first place finishes with Lindsay Chapon winning the 50 free, Emilie Homa the 100 free, and Elaine Healy the grueling 500 free. Sophomore Annie Lutz was first in the 100 breaststroke.
Earning second place points for the Lady Tigers were senior Erica Harpur in the100 free, sophomore Andrea Chavlovich in the 100 fly, and freshman Lauren Donaghue in the 50 free. Junior Ashley Ferraro was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Kara Stone took second in the 100 back and third in the 50 free, and freshman Kara Meyers was second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 back. Junior Christine Mulkern earned third-place points in the 100 fly. In diving , freshman Jennifer Graham was second and freshman Emilie Foley was third.
The Tigers teams will be back in action again next Tuesday when they host the always tough Bethel Park Blackhawks. Meet time at the Senior High pool is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
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TIGER SWIMMERS DO WELL IN EARLY MEETS
The Tigers swimming and diving teams performed well in two early invitational meets. At State College last weekend, the boys' team finished in 3rd place while the Lady Tigers were fourth. Individually, senior Matt Kuhn won the diving competition. The girls' freestule relay team of senior Kathy Faingold, sophomore Cait Cready, freshman Lauren Donaghue, and sophomore Jamie Chakany captured first place. Faingold won the 100 breaststroke. The swimmers of the meet were seniors Andrew Shepard and Emilie Homa.
At the IUP Relays on Monday, the Tiger boys finished 2nd, the girls 3rd, and the combined teams in 2nd place. The mixed medley relay of senior Patrick Kirsch, Faingold, freshman Luis Rodriguez, and Chakany set a new record. The 400 individual medley relay of Faingold, Chakany, senior Lindsay Chapon, and junior Ashley Ferraro took first place. The boys' 400 IM relay also captured gold behind the efforts of junior Brandon Smith, Shepard, Rodriguez, and Kirsch.
The Tigers will begin their dual meet season on Monday night when they host Pine-Richland in a non-section meet. The starting time is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
Any questions or comments should be directed to Athletic Director Bob Bozzuto at: email@example.com
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