NA Swimmers Remain Undefeated, Sweep Bethel Park

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Senior Casey Melzer and freshman Mason Gonzalez had perfect nights, each taking first place in two individual events while also teaming together on the victorious 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, as the North Allegheny boys defeated Bethel Park 148-35 on December 22. Senior Jacquelyn Du nearly matched their feat, finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, and swimming the first leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay as the NA girls prevailed 130-55 despite having several swimmers out due to the flu.

Melzer’s first-place finishes in individual events came in the 50-yard freestyle (22.53) and 500-yard freestyle (4:45.92, pool record), while Gonzalez finished first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.69) and 100-yard butterfly (54.43).  Senior Greg Arnold also had two first-place finishes, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.98 and the 100-yard freestyle in 47.70.  Other first-place finishers were sophomores Eben Krigger in the 100-yard backstroke (56:54) and Brett Edwards in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.83).  Krigger also swam with Melzer and Gonzalez on the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams.  The time of 3:13.38 posted by Melzer, Krigger, Gonzalez and sophomore Max Gonzalez in 400-yard freestyle relay was a pool record.

First-place finishers for the girls, in addition to Du, were senior Charlie Brickner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.95) and 500-yard freestyle (5:28.58); sophomore Eliza Ross in the 50-yard freestyle (26.36); senior Kayla Churman in the 100-yard freestyle (54.86); junior Gianna Caputo in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.16); and senior Morgan Soulia in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.61).  The time of 3:36.58 posted by Du, Soulia, Anna Verardi and Katie Wright in 400-yard freestyle relay set a pool record. In 1-meter diving, Julia Vespoli finished first for the girls with a score of 254.65.  Andrew Doerfler finished first for the boys with a score of 240.0.