2017-2018 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny boys swimming team dominated the field for a second straight PIAA State Championship. North Allegheny finished the meet with a total of 301 points, 111 points better than runner-up North Penn. During the two day meet the team won 8 out of the 11 events and medalled in all 11 events. The team won all 3 relays, with National records in 2 of the relays. The team won 5 out of 8 individual events.
Mason Gonzalez followed up his 50 Free victory on Day 1 with a first place swim on Day 2 in the 100 Free. Jack Wright followed with a close second place finish while Joel Songer finished in 13th place. Ricky Mihm backed up his 200 IM Day 1 win with a 500 Free win on Day 2. In the 100 Back Andrew Zhang swam to a runner up finish. Jerry Chen finished the individual events for the meet with a 3rd place finish in the 100 Breast. Freshman Jacob McCarran finished in 15th place. The team finished the meet with a National Federation of State High School (NFHS) record in the 400 Free Relay. The foursome of Mason Gonzalez, Andrew Zhang, Jack Wright and Ricky MIhm set the record with a time of 2:53.81. To see a video of the record setting performance by North Allegheny, click on the video below. (Video courtesy of PASwimming.com.)
The North Allegheny girls team finished the PIAA Championships in 9th place overall. On Day 2 Torie Buerger placed 3rd in the 100 Back. The girls finished the meet with a 10th place finish in the 400 Free Relay. Kristine Mihm, Molly Smyers, Lila McGrath and Torie Buerger were the four swimmers on the relay team.
Freshman girls diver Maya Ennis advanced into the semifinals of the diving portion of the meet and finished in 19th place.
The North Allegheny boys swim team began their quest for a repeat PIAA title with a strong day one. The boys accumulated 165 points, 52 points ahead of second place North Penn. The team won both relays, claiming the National Public School Record in the 200 Free Relay, and won 3 out of 4 of the individual events. The girls team finished the day with 48 points which is good for eighth place.
The 200 Medley Relay team of Andrew Zhang, Jerry Chen, Tolik Borisov, and Joel Songer started the meet with their victory. Jack Wright followed with a win in the 200 Free. Ricky Mihm won the 200 IM with John Ehling finishing in 12th place. Mason Gonzalez continued the NA gold medal run with his victory in the 50 Free. For the second consecutive year Mason finished with a sub 20 second time of 19.99 seconds. Joel Songer finished in 11th place in the 50 Free. Andrew Zhang completed the individual events with his 5th place finish in the 100 Fly. The team of Jack Wright, Joel Songer, Ricky Mihm and Mason Gonzalez finished Day 1 with a National Public School Record time of 1:19.60 in the 200 Free Relay.
The girls 200 Medley Relay team of Torie Buerger, Ann Juneau, Lila McGrath and Kristine Mihm began the girls day with an 8th place finish. Molly Smyers and Olivia Kisow started the individual events with their 11th place and 16th place finishes in the 200 Free. Torie Buerger followed with a 9th place finish in the 200 IM. The girls team finished their Day 1 with a 12th place finish in the 200 Free Relay. The team consisted of Kristine Mihm, Olivia Kisow, Ann Juneau and Molly Smyers.
The swimmers return to the pool tomorrow for the final day of the Championship. The girls diving competition will also be conducted.
The North Allegheny swimmers ended the 2018 WPIAL Championships in a familiar place – with the customary victory dive into Trees Pool. The NA girls team amassed 327 points in winning its 10th consecutive WPIAL title. Upper St. Clair (255 points) and Mt. Lebanon (252 points) tried to end the streak but fell short. The boys team earned a seventh straight WPIAL crown and totalled 400 points to easily outdistance Upper St. Claire’s 253 points.
Kristine Mihm started the girls off with a 4th place finish in the 100 Free. Freshmen Molly Smyers and Olivia Kisow continued the momentum with their 1st and 7th place finishes in the 500 Free. Torie Buerger and Lila McGrath added to the lead with Torie’s 1st place and Lila’s 8th place finish in the 100 Back. In the final event of the meet for the girls, the team of Kristine Mihm, Molly Smyers, Lila McGrath and Torie Buerger swam to a convincing 2.5 second victory over Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair in the 400 Free Relay.
The boys started their portion of the meet by placing 4 swimmers in the top 8 in the 100 Free. Mason Gonzalez finished 2nd, out touched by .05 seconds. Jack Wright finished 3rd, Joel Songer finished 4th and Josh Galecki came in 7th place. Rick Mihm won the 500 Free with John Ehling touching in 4th place. Andrew Zhang won the 100 Back. In the 100 Breast, Jerry Chen finished in 2nd place and Jacob McCarron finished in 7th place. The boys also finished the meet with a statement swim. The 400 Free Relay team of Rick Mihm, Josh Galecki, Joel Songer and Jack Wright set a new WPIAL record of 3:03.12.
The swimmers and divers travel to Bucknell University , March 14 – 17, for the PIAA championships. The boys team will be attempting to repeat last year’s State Champion performance.
The North Allegheny swimming team started strong on day one of the WPIAL swimming championships on Thursday. The NA boys’ team compiled 248 points with Upper St. Clair the nearest competitor at 142 points. The Lady Tigers accumulated 179 points with Mt. Lebanon following with 147 points and Upper St. Clair with 146 points.
The boys won both relays and won all the individual events except the 100 Fly. Andrew Zhang, Jerry Chen, Mason Gonzalez and Joel Songer started the boys off with a 200 Medley Relay victory. Jack Wright then followed with a WPIAL record in the 200 Free with a time of 1:37.82. Josh Galecki finished sixth in the event. Ricky Mihm won the 200 IM with Ethan Song finishing in sixth place and John Ehling in seventh place. Mason Gonzalez touched first in the 50 Free and Joel Songer finished third. Andrew Zhang finished third in the 100 Fly and Tolik Borisov finished sixth. The boys finished day one with a WPIAL record of 1:21.15 in the 200 Free Relay. The team consisted of Jack Wright, Mason Gonzalez, Ricky Mihm and Andrew Zhang.
The girls team started with a close second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. The team consisted of Torie Buerger, Ann Juneau, Lila McGrath and Mary Flavin. Molly Smyers finished second in the 200 Free with Kristine Mihm finishing fourth and Mary Olivia Kisow finishing seventh. Torie Buerger took second place in the 200 IM, followed by teammate Lila McGrath in third place. Mary Flavin was an eighth place finisher in the 50 Free. Ann Juneau concluded the individual events for the girls team with a third place finish in the 100 Fly. Mary Flavin, Molly Smyers, Ann Juneau and Kristine Mihm ended the day with a 200 Free Relay win.
The WPIAL championships will continue and conclude on tomorrow at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
North Allegheny hosted the Class AAA WPIAL diving championships on Saturday and Lady Tigers freshman Maya Ennis qualified for states with a fifth-place performance. The top five in WPIAL diving qualify for the PIAA championships and Ennis made the cut with a score of 339.85. Ennis was one of only two freshman in the competition, including North Allegheny’s Olivia Schenk who finished in the top 16 with a score of 275.35.
Penn-Trafford’s Paige Kalik was the WPIAL girls’ diving champion with a score of 440.40. In the boys’ competition, Fox Chapel’s Jonah Cagley won WPIAL gold with a 536.85 score. For a complete look at the Class AAA girls’ diving results, click here. For a complete look at the Class AAA boys’ diving results, click here.
While Ennis will prepare for states in diving, the NA boys and the NA girls will look to repeat as WPIAL swimming champions on Thursday and Friday at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.