2022-2023 Game Summaries
Golden Girls: Lady Tigers Win 8th PIAA Title, 2nd in 3 Years
The North Allegheny girls’ swimming and diving team won an eighth PIAA championship on Saturday at Bucknell University. The Lady Tigers totaled a team score of 194, finishing 18 points ahead of second-place Hatboro-Horsham. It’s the second time in the last three years the NA Girls have been crowned PIAA Class AAA champions.
The Lady Tigers saw two bronze medal performances to help lead the way in day two of the state championships. Senior Lexi Sundgren garnered a third-place finish in the 500 Free with a time of 4:54.98. Junior Natalie Sens claimed a third-place showing as in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:03.73. Valuable team points were earned in the 400 Free Relay thanks to the quartet of Sundgren, freshman Eva Ogden, junior Greta Mott and freshman Claire Bacu. The NA combo tallied an eighth-place finish, clocking in at 3:34.63. For a look at all girls’ results from day two of the PIAA Class AAA championships, click here.
While the NA Boys didn’t bring home a state title, they did secure a 10th-place finish in a strong field of 61 teams at the state championships. The Tigers notched a team score of 74, which was second best among teams from the WPIAL. North Penn won the state crown with a score of 212.
Junior William Gao was the top performer for the NA Boys, taking sixth place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 50.39. Senior Eliot Maravich added to the team total with an 11th-place effort in the 500 Free, finishing in 4:37.73. For a look at all boys’ results from day two of the PIAA Class AAA championships, click here.
Congratulations to head coach Corky Semler and the entire North Allegheny swimming and diving team for another championship and memorable season.
(Photos courtesy of Tony Melanson).
Christina Shi Wins 3rd Consecutive PIAA Diving Championship
North Allegheny senior Christina Shi won her third consecutive PIAA Class AAA diving championship on Friday at Bucknell University. The Harvard University commit totaled a score of 264.45 to become the WPIAL’s first diver since Chartiers Valley’s Maria Lohman (2013-2015) to win three straight Class AAA state diving titles.
Along with Shi’s impressive effort to stand atop the podium, sophomore Lola Malarky earned state bronze with a diving score of 245.95 and sophomore Juliet Hood earned a seventh-place medal with a score of 212.55. The performances of the NA Divers headlined the effort for the Lady Tigers, who sit in first place in Class AAA following day one of the two-day PIAA championships. The NA Girls have a team score of 138, sitting 20 points ahead of second-place State College.
Important team points were seized by the 200 Medley Relay combo of junior Greta Mott, junior Natalie Sens, freshman Eva Ogden and senior Rebecca Melanson. The quartet earned a fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 1:45.24. Individually, senior Lexi Sundgren took fifth place in the 200 Free with a time of 1:49.87. Finally, the 200 Free Relay grouping of Sundgren, Melanson, Sens and freshman Clair Bacu captured sixth place with a time of 1:37.38. For a look at all results from day one for the PIAA Class AAA girls’ competition, click here. For a look at all Class AAA girls’ diving scores, click here.
The NA Boys concluded day one with a team score of 53 points, good for seventh place. La Salle College High School is the pacesetter with a score of 122.50. The top performance of the day for the NA Boys was delivered by the 200 Medley Relay team of junior William Gao, sophomore Gus Miller, junior Riley Williams, sophomore Grant Regule. The NA quartet took fifth place with a time of 1:33.60. Individually, Gao placed sixth in the 100 Butterfly, clocking in with a time of 50.03. For a look at all results from day one for the PIAA Class AAA boys’ competition, click here.
Off to a great start, North Allegheny will continue its quest for a state title on Saturday in day two of the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University.
NA Girls, Boys Crowned WPIAL Class 3A Champions
The North Allegheny girls’ and boys’ swimming and diving teams won the WPIAL Class AAA championship on Friday at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The Lady Tigers won an astonishing 15th consecutive WPIAL crown, while the NA Boys took home the first-place trophy for the ninth time in the last 12 years. Its also the 14th WPIAL championship in the last 18 seasons for the NA Boys.
The Lady Tigers claimed the top spot with a team score of 484, cruising to the title. Second-place Fox Chapel was nearly a full 200 points behind the Tigers with a score of 297. In a tighter race, the NA Boys bested second-place Seneca Valley by 61.5 points with a team score of 321.5. Helping NA outlast the rival Raiders on the boys’ side was junior William Gao, who claimed his second individual gold medal at the two-day event. Gao placed first in the 100 Backstroke on Friday with a time of 49.54.
For the Lady Tigers, senior Lexi Sundgren took second place in the 500 Free, clocking in at 5:01.35. Junior Natalie Sens won WPIAL silver in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:03.73. The 400 Free Relay quartet of Sundgren, junior Greta Mott, freshman Eva Ogden and freshman Claire Bacu also took second place, finishing with a time of 3:28.59.
For a look at all of the results from Day Two of the WPIAL Class 3A championships, click here.
With Friday’s additions to the North Allegheny trophy case, the NA Boys have now won 17 WPIAL championships overall and the Lady Tigers have 27 WPIAL crowns, the most of any school in league history.
North Allegheny will now set its sights on a PIAA championship. The state swimming and diving finals will be held on March 17-18 at Bucknell University.
(Photos courtesy of WPIAL’s Ethan Woy).
NA Boys, Girls Sit As Pace Setters After Day One of WPIAL Championships
The North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ swimming teams sit as the pace setters through Day One of the WPIAL Class 3A swimming and diving championships at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The NA Boys boast a team score of 202.5, ahead of second-place Seneca Valley by 10.5 points. The Lady Tigers have a more sizable advantage following day one with a total of 307 team points, which is 129 points better than second-place Fox Chapel.
Five first-place finishes boosted the Tigers to their current status atop the charts. For the NA Boys, the 200 Medley Relay quartet of junior William Gao, sophomore Gus Miller, junior Riley Williams and sophomore Grant Regule clocked in with a time of 1:32.88 to win WPIAL gold. Gao also took home gold in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 49.43.
The Lady Tigers saw the combo of junior Greta Mott, junior Natalie Sens, freshman Eva Ogden, and senior Rebecca Melanson take first place in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:43.86. The 200 Free Relay quartet of senior Lexi Sundgren, Melanson, Sens and freshman Claire Bacu also won WPIAL gold with a time of 1:34.57. Individually, Sundgren garnered gold in the 200 Free, clocking in at 1:51.90.
There were plenty of other medalists for the Tigers in Day One of the WPIAL championships. For the boys’ team, Regule grabbed WPIAL silver in the 50 Free, while the combo of Gao, Regule, freshman Danny Lesinski and senior Zachary Jubeck claimed second place in the 200 Free Relay. Senior Eliot Maravich won WPIAL bronze in the 200 Free. Additional medalists for the Lady Tigers included Bacu in the 200 Free with a second-place finish. Sens and freshman Dani Hinkson took second and third place, respectively, in the 200 IM. Hinkson also earned WPIAL silver in the 100 Butterfly.
For a full look at times and results from Day One of the WPIAL Class 3A championship, click here.
North Allegheny will look to build upon its strong start in the second and final day of the WPIAL Championships on Friday at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh.
Christina Shi Wins 4th Consecutive WPIAL Diving Championship
North Allegheny senior and Harvard University commit, Christina Shi, won her fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA diving championship on Saturday. In a tight race with Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky, Shi seized WPIAL gold with a score of 540.75. Polosky finished in second place with a score of 532.30.
Shi is the third North Allegheny student-athlete to claim gold in the 1-meter dive, joining that group in 2020 with Jamie Tomazich (1994, 1995, 1996) and Nikki Joa (1993). She is the first student-athlete to claim four consecutive 3A championships since Penn Hills’ Jen O’Brien (1997-00).
NA sophomore Lola Malarky earned WPIAL bronze with a third-place finish thanks to an outstanding score of 488.10. Shi and Malarky both qualify for states.
Sophomore Juliet Hood took fourth place with a score of 429.90 and senior Maddie Whitewolf finished in 11th place with a score of 366.40. For a look at all results of the girls’ competition in Class AAA, click here.
On the boys’ side, North Allegheny junior Alex Palermo garnered a 10th place showing with a score of 328.55. Also representing the Tigers were Alex Moore (313.60) and Ethan Maravich (301.65) with a 12th and 13th-place finish, respectively. For a look at all results of the boys’ competition in Class AAA, click here.
Up next is the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championship on March 2-3 at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.