2019-2020 Game Summaries
Safety measures taken by the PIAA in response to COVID-19 this week cut short Day Two of the Class AAA swimming and diving championships. The consolations and championships were canceled Thursday by the PIAA and the results of the morning’s preliminary heats were used to determine the state champions. The North Allegheny boys’ team ended up finishing in fourth place with a team score of 177.5 and the Lady Tigers took PIAA bronze with a score of 210.
The NA Boys started off with the 100 Free, with Branko Kosanovich taking 8th place and Josh Galecki taking 10th. Rick Mihm got silver for the 500 Free. For the 100 Breaststroke, Jacob McCarran and Alex Grahor got 11th and 15th place, respectively. The team of Mihm, Kosanovich, Galecki and Grahor finished off the day with a silver for the 400 Free Relay. For Thursday’s results, please click here.
The Lady Tigers began their meet with Lexi Sundgren finishing in 14th place for the 100 Free. Molly Smyers and Olivia Kisow took 12th and 14th place, respectively, for the 500 Free. Torie Buerger earned silver for the 100 Backstroke. The NA Girls touched first to win a state gold medal for the 400 Free Relay, with the team made up of Buerger, Sundgren, Kisow and Smyers. For Thursday’s results, please click here.
The NA Diving Team performed well and contributed heavily in securing the bronze finish for the NA Girls. Maya Ennis took home bronze, Christina Shi got fifth place and Zoe Ky finished in 13th place. For the Girls’ Diving results, please click here.
Congratulations NA Swimming and Diving Team, for another great season.
The North Allegheny swimming and diving team is off to a great start against a very strong field in the PIAA Class AAA championships. At the conclusion of day one, the NA Boys are in third place behind LaSalle College and North Penn, with a team score of 101. The Lady Tigers are a close second to Upper Dublin, trailing by just two points with a score of 108.
The NA Boys started off the finals with a bronze medal finish for the 200 Medley Relay, with the team composed of Ethan Song, Jacob McCarran, Branko Kosanovich and Alex Grahor. Then Rick Mihm brought up the ante by winning a neck-to-neck race with North Penn’s Sean Faikish in the 200 IM. Kosanovich got a fourth-place finish for the 100 Fly. The team of Grahor, Josh Galecki, McCarran and Mihm finished off the night by taking silver in the 200 Free Relay. Diver Will Schenk was able to reach the semifinals and finished in 19th place.
The Lady Tigers’ team of Torie Buerger, Olivia Kisow, Ella Ogden and Olivia Kraus began the night by placing silver for the 200 Medley Relay. Molly Smyers and Lexi Sundgren placed seventh and 12th, respectively, in the 200 Free. Buerger then had an exciting race in the 200 IM that resulted in a tie with Muhlenberg’s Cameron Gring for first place gold. Ogden then took seventh place in the 100 Fly. The team of Sundgren, Smyers, Quinn Frost and Kraus capped off the first night by placing eighth in the 200 Free Relay.
Day two begins Thursday morning with prelims. Girls’ diving will take place in the afternoon. The swimming finals will begin around 5 p.m.
The North Allegheny Swimming Team finished off the second day of the WPIAL Swimming Championships in record fashion, with the Lady Tigers winning the title for the twelfth straight year, one more than the Oakland Catholic Swim Team that won it eleven straight seasons. The NA Girls won with a score of 422, finishing 180 points ahead of second-place Mount Lebanon High School. The boys won their ninth straight WPIALs title by scoring 380 team points, 128 more than second-place Seneca Valley. The NA Boys have won 14 out of the last 15 WPIAL titles.
The NA Girls started off the meet with high place finishes for the 100 Free, with Lexi Sundgren and Ella Ogden taking fourth and fifth respectively. Molly Smyers left the competition reeling at the 500 Free and got gold, with Olvia Kisow finishing strong to take 3rd place bronze, plus a big contribution from Kara Mihm for getting 5th. Torie Buerger defended her 100 Backstroke crown, which was a satisfying win for her as she was not the top seed going into the meet. They finished off the second day by dominating the 400 Free Relay, with Buerger, Sundgren, Kisow and Smyers comfortably winning it with almost a 5-second spread from second place Fox Chapel.
The NA Boys had a great start with Branko Kosanovich winning gold for the 100 Free, and an added bonus with Josh Galecki getting a high-place finish and taking 4th. Rick Mihm won gold comfortably on the 500 Free, with Tim Compton contributing with a 5th place finish. Jacob McCarran and Alex Grahor finished so close together to take 2nd and 3rd respectively for the 100 Breaststroke, with their times being just separated by 0.02 of a second. The boys had a great final race of the day for the 400 Free Relay, winning by 2 seconds ahead of second place Seneca Valley. The team was made up of Mihm, Galecki, Ethan Song, and Grahor.
The qualifiers for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships will then travel to Bucknell University. The meet is tentatively scheduled to be on Wednesday, March 11, with a scheduled start of 8 a.m.
The NA Swimmers had a strong showing in the first day of the WPIAL championship at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh. The Tigers were up to the challenge from the other teams participating. The Lady Tigers have a first day score of 268, well ahead of second-place Mount Lebanon with a team score of 125. The NA Boys lead with way with a team score of 218, with Seneca Valley just behind them at 170.
The ladies started the meet great, narrowly missing the WPIAL Medley Relay record by .03 seconds. The team was composed of Torie Buerger, Olivia Kisow, Ella Ogden and Olivia Kraus. Molly Smyers and Lexi Sundgren took silver and bronze respectively for the 200 Free. Buerger won gold for the 200 IM. Kraus got silver for the 50 Free. Ogden also got silver for the 100 Fly. The girls finished off the day by winning the 200 Free Relay, with the team of Sundgren, Smyers, Quinn Frost and Ogden.
The NA Boys started off the day by taking a close race against Seneca Valley for the 200 Medley relay, with the team of Rick Mihm, Jacob McCarran, Branko Kosanovich and Matt Turzai touching first. Josh Galecki got silver for the 200 Free. Mihm won gold for the 200 IM. Alex Grahor took silver for the 50 Free. Kosanovich got bronze for the 100 Fly. The NA Boys ended the first day by winning the 200 Free Relay. The team was made up of Galecki, Grahor, Turzai and Kosanovich.
Day two of the WPIAL Swimming Championships resumes Friday morning.
The NA Diving Team stepped up to the plate and delivered bigtime at the WPIAL Diving Championships. Three of North Allegheny’s lady divers took the top three spots and Will Schenk took bronze for the boys with a score of 418.30. Christina Shi not only won first place gold, but also broke the varsity record; she scored 531.30. Maya Ennis took silver (473.65) and Zoe Ky got bronze (457.85). All four qualify for the state championships at Bucknell University. Bailey Restelli also contributed and took 30th place for the girls (123.60), and Lucas Rodgers took 11th place for the boys (344.60).
Overall, North Allegheny made history with its diving performance on Saturday. Never before has a school taken first, second and third place at a WPIAL championship.
Up next will be the WPIAL Swimming Championships. This will be a two-day event, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, at the University of Pittsburgh Trees Pool.