NA Sits As Pace Setter After Day One Of WPIAL Championships

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The North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ swimming teams both sit in first place at the end of day one of the WPIAL Class 3A Swimming Championships at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The NA boys’ racked up 236.5 team points and own a 60.5-point lead over second-place Upper St. Clair. The Lady Tigers have an even greater advantage with a team score of 301.5, well ahead of second-place Fox Chapel by 128.5 points.

The Tigers amassed such a sizeable lead thanks in large part to eight gold medal performances. For the NA boys’ senior William Gao repeated as WPIAL champion in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.07, besting his mark from last year by 0.35 seconds. Junior Grant Regule placed first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.63. The quartet of Gao, Regule, senior Riley Williams and junior Gus Miller took first place in the 200 medley relay, clocking in at 1:32.29. Additionally, the combination of Regule and sophomores Dylan Seiford, Zachary Totin and Danny Lesinski tallied a time of 1:24.5 in the 200 free relay to garner gold.

The Lady Tigers also posted a relay sweep. Seniors Natalie Sens and Greta Mott and sophomores Tori Tieppo and Dani Hinkson won the 200 medley relay in 1:44.89. The combo of Sens, junior Julianne Weaver and sophomores Eva Ogden and Claire Bacu repeated as champions in the 200 free relay, clocking in at 1:35.55.

Individually, Hinkson grabbed gold in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.48 and Sens finished first in the 100 butterfly in 54.74.

Additional medal winners for the NA Boys included junior Miller’s with a second-place showing in the 200 IM and Totin’s third-place finish in the 100 butterfly. The Lady Tigers brought home additional hardware thanks to Bacu’s second-place finish in the 200 freestyle and Hinkson’s third-place performance in the 100 butterfly. For full results from day one of the WPIAL Class AAA championships, click here.

North Allegheny will look to build on its lead in the second and final day of the WPIAL Swimming Championships beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday.