2020-2021 Game Summaries
by Bob Orkwis
A week after opening the section with a win over Hampton on the road, North Allegheny looked to duplicate that feat at home as the Butler Golden Tornado paid a visit. The Tigers were able to do just that, as they remained perfect on the season by sweeping Butler.
The diving competition got the meet started with North Allegheny’s top three girl’s swimmers, as Christina Shi, Zoe Ky and Maya Ennis were not competing. On the boy’s side, Butler did not have any participants diving against the Tigers. With opportunities in front of them senior Jordan Richards and junior Eva Betz stepped onto the boards. For Betz, who finished third with a score of 190.65, it was her first competition of the season. But it was Maddie Whitewolf who took center stage. The sophomore, who has already qualified for the WPIAL 3A Championships, won with a score of 205.85. She was the only girl’s diver to break the 200-point mark. For the boys, sophomore Will Schenk and senior Lucas Rodgers continued their strong seasons by both eclipsing 200 points, Schenk with 231.85 and Rodgers with 202.15.
The boys swim team took to the pool next and the Tigers put on a very consistent performance despite some great individual efforts from Butler. Senior David Bocci and junior Ben Borvendeg both won two individual races and two relays and freshman Ben Grossman finished first in the 100-breast, but North Allegheny consistently took the second, third and fourth spots and finished with a 100-75 victory.
William Gao, Jacob McCarran, Tim Compton, and Matt Turzai won the 200-medley with a time of 1:38:24. The best race of the night came in the 200 free as sophomore Zach Jubeck came from behind to edge Sam Deemer 1:47:81 to 1:47:92. Butler won the next four races, but the Tigers finished 2-3-4 in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 free. North Allegheny won two of the next three races, with Compton winning the 500 free with a time of 4:57:88. Gao posted a time of 55:15 to take the 100 back. Despite the winning 7 of the 11 races, the Tigers were consistent and good enough to remain undefeated on the season.
The North Allegheny girls were nothing less than spectacular in the nightcap, as they finished 1-2-3 in nine of the eleven races. Carissa Jones, Mikayla Tieppo, Madison Wasilco and Greta Mott finished at 152:32 to take the 200-medley. Rhode Island recruit Quinn Frost won the 200 free over teammates Isabella Dietz and Madeline Harris. The sophomore Lexi Sundgren touched first in the 200 IM. Ella Ogden’s time of 26 flat was tops in the 500 free and senior Olivia Kisow won the 100-fly. Kara Mihm got into the winning act with a time of 56:50 in the 100 free and then George Washington recruit Molly Smyers put on a show in the night’s longest race. The senior’s time of 5:07:63 was over 20 seconds better than second place in the 500 free. Dietz, Haley Miller, Kisow and Rebecca Melanson won the 200 free relay and Sundgren posted her second win of the evening by taking the 100-back. Mihm earned her second win in the 100-breast and the team of Dietz, Kisow, Frost and Mott posted a time of 3:44:25 to give the Tigers 11 first place finishes in all 11 races. The girls remained perfect by posting a 96-76 team score.
Congratulations to Maddie Whitewolf, Zack Jubeck and Kara Mihm as they earned honors as the Wright Automotive Players of the Meet. Whitewolf earned the win in the girls diving event and Jubeck’s thrilling win in the 200-yard freestyle was enough to earn him the honor. Mihm was the choice in girls swimming with individual wins in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke and a relay victory in the 200-yard medley relay.
The Tigers are next scheduled for action on Thursday, Jan. 28 when they visit Pine-Richland for a section meet beginning at 6:00 PM.
North Allegheny Swimming and Diving won its section opener against the Hampton Talbots after a long pause in the season with the Girls team scoring 103 over the Talbots 75 and the Boys winning 98-77.
The girls 200 Medley Relay Team of Greta Mott, Haley Miller, Natalie Sens and Delaney Kennedy officially started the meet and the season, winning the first event. This was followed by 1-2-3 wins in the next four events, with Molly Smyers touching first for the 200 Free, Quinn Frost for the 200 IM, Lexi Sundgren for the 50 Free and Delaney Kennedy in the 100 Butterfly. Olivia Kisow and Sundgren both touched first in the100 Free and 500 free, respectively. The second relay of the night, the 200 Free Relay, was won by Kara Mihm, Sens, Frost, and Smyers. Miller completed her events by winning the 100 Breaststroke. The girls capped off the night by taking the 400 Free Relay, with Sens, Kendall Hanes, Madeline Harris and Brooke Glinski touching first.
For the NA Boys team, swimmers Timothy Compton touched first in the 200 Free, Jacob McCarran in the 200IM, followed by 1-2-3 wins in the freestyle events with William Gao touching first in the 50 Free, McCarran in the 100 Free and Jacob Yaroz in the 500 Free. Matthew Turzai was the winner in the 100 Butterfly. The 200 Free Relay Team of Compton, Jachary Jubeck, McCarran and Gao finished first to get the win. The last event of the night, the 400 Free Relay, was handily won by the team of Jubeck, Ethan Berty, McCarran and Compton.
North Allegheny Divers Will Schenk and Zoe Ky took first place for the Tigers. Will Schenk and Hampton’s Koda Carslaw were tied going into the last dive. It was Will Schenk’s inward double somersault that secured the win for the Tigers. Olivia Schenk and Jordan Atkins both did great and placed 3rd and 5th respectively for the girls. On the Boys side, Lucas Rodgers put together a number of great dives on to place 3rd for the Tigers.
After only a week and a half of practice, the Tiger Diving Team is getting back on track for having another successful season.
By Bob Orwis
Even though the opponent wasn’t as originally scheduled and it wasn’t a conference meet against a conference foe, North Allegheny got the 2020-2021 swimming and diving season underway in impressive fashion, wining all the events tonight against Seneca Valley.
North Catholic was scheduled to be the opening night opponent for the Tigers but when the Trojans backed out, NA put in a call to their friendly foes at Seneca Valley and the two squared off in a non-section meet, with a chance for all the athletes to get scores and times under their belt before the mandatory COVID shutdown. On a night designed for all the competitors to have fun, North Allegheny dominated the Raiders, winning both the girls and boys dive meet and taking the girls swim meet 119-67 and the boys meet by a score of 116-70.
The girls diving competition finished the way the 2020 WPIAL Championships did at NA, with Christina Shi, Zoe Ky, and Maya Ennis in the top three spots. Shi, who won the gold medal last year as a freshman, posted a score of 303.35 to take first place. That score set a new school and pool record for six dives at North Allegheny. Ky, who took bronze in the championships, finished second with a score of 265.40. Yale-bound senior Ennis, who was the silver medalist, finished in third place with a score of 262.05. On the boy’s side of the boards, Will Schenk, who won bronze at the WPIAL Championships, won with a score of 241.25. Lucas Rodgers placed second for NA at 200.85.
The girls hit the pool next for 11 races and the night stayed great for the black and gold. The 200-yard medley relay team of Molly Smyers, Natalie Sens, Ella Ogden and Quinn Frost posted a time of (1:46:42) to win the first event. Lexi Sundgren won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52:96) and Smyers followed her with a win in the 200-yard individual medley. It wasn’t until the 6th race until Seneca Valley registered a win when Akron recruit Kendall Craig won the 100-yard butterfly. Frost posted a win in the 50-yard freestyle, with Ogden taking the 100-yard butterfly. Haley Miller (100-yard freestyle), Smyers – Sundgren – Miller – Frost (200-Yard free relay) and Smyers – Mikayla Tieppo – Kara Mihm – Greta Mott (400-yard free relay) also posted wins for the 12-time defending WPIAL champions.
The night stayed smooth for the 3-time defending boys WPIAL champion Tigers, with North Allegheny securing victories in 8 of the 11 races. William Gao, Jacob McCarren, Tim Compton, and Matt Turzai posted a time of 1:35:95 to win the 200-yard medley relay. After Seneca Valley won the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley, the Tigers would win 7 of the last 8 races. Turzai (22:40) won the 50-yard freestyle, Compton (52:01) finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of (4:47:20). Ben Gavran – Tyler Tieppo – Zach Jubeck and Turzai won the 200-yard free relay, with Marko Kosanovich taking first in the 100-yard backstroke. Jacob McCarran won the 100-yard breaststroke and the team of Gao, Compton, Gavran and Jubeck finished out the night by winning the 400-yard free relay with a time of (3:21:31.)
Congratulations to Christina Shi and senior Tim Compton for being chosen as the Wright Automotive Players of the Meet. With a record setting 6-dive score, Shi started where she left off last season. Compton, who finished 5th in the WPIAL in the 500-yard free last year, picked up individual wins in the 100-yard fly, the 500-yard free and was part of two relay winning teams in the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard free.
The Tigers next two meets are cancelled and the next scheduled event for NA is on January 14th when they visit Hampton. Stayed tuned the to the North Allegheny Tigers Athletic website for any schedule changes as they occur.