Tigers Bedevil Blue Devils For Non-Section Sweep
by Swimming & Diving Contributor
Continuing an impressive start to the season, including a sweep last week against Bethel Park, the North Allegheny swimming and diving team earned another non-section sweep on Thursday night at Mt. Lebanon. The Lady Tigers defeated the Blue Devils, 94.5-80.5, while the NA Boys rolled to a 100-75 triumph.
On the diving board, it was the third sweep of the year for the Lady Tigers and a second and third place showing for the boys. Leading the way for the girls was Juliet Hood with a first-place score of 241.8. Hood was followed closely by Lola Malarky (234.8) and Maggie Lapina (224.5). In his season debut for the boys, Ethan Maravich took second place with Andrew Wasco was not far behind for third place.
On the swimming side:
In the girls 200 medley relay, North Allegheny took first, third, and fourth place.
The wicked fast, winning quartet consisted of Greta Mott, Natalie Sens, Dani Hinkson, and Eva Ogden coming in with the time of 1:46.20. This team brings back three WPIAL gold veterans with the addition of a very fast and promising sophomore in Hinkson. North Allegheny’s third place team, consisting of Angelina Li, Tori Tieppo, Grace Jani and Julianne Weaver coming in with the time of 1:51.53
In the 200-medley relay, the North Allegheny boys won the event by placing first, third, and fifth. The winning quartet consisted of our 2023 WPIAL first place champions: William Gao, Gus Miller, Riley Williams, and Grant Regule with a time of 1:34.20. NA’s next fastest team of Danny Lesinski , Dylan Seiford, Zachary Totin and Alex Harbaugh turned in a time of 1:36.9 for third place.
In the girls 200 free event, North Allegheny made a sweep of first, second, and third place. Lightning-fast Claire Bacu won the event with a personal best time of 1:52.96. She was followed by Julia Tengowski with a time of 2:01.99 and Natalie Reubi with a time of 2:02.58.
And in the boys 200 free, the Tigers also took first place as well as third and fourth. A very speedy Josh Berty won the event with a personal best time of 1:44.15. Caden Currykosky was third with a personal best time of 1:47.73. Owen Williams took fourth also with a personal best time of 1:50.89
In the girls 200 IM, North Allegheny also made a clean sweep-taking first, second and third place. Sens won the event with the speedy time of 2:05.18, with Hinkson coming in second with a time of 2:07.49, and Emma Dietz coming in third at 2:12.43.
In addition to her first-place showing in the 200 IM, Sens also set a new pool record at Mt. Lebanon in the 100 breaststroke.
In the boys 200 IM, the North Allegheny boys also won the event with Miller taking first place with a blazing fast time of 1:55.71. Lesinski came in second with the time of 1:56.73. Mason Shantz took fourth place.
In the 50 free event, the Lady Tigers prevailed again by taking first, second, and fourth. Ogden won the event with a prestissimo personal best time of 24.86 seconds. Weaver came in second with a time of 25.01. Madden Woycheck came in fourth with a time of 25.23.
In the boys 50 free, the north Allegheny Tigers also won the event, taking first, third, and fifth place. Grant Regule won the event this year with a lightning-fast time of 21.52 seconds. Zachary Totin came in third for NA with a personal best of 21.84. Jake Rechenmacher posted a 22.16.
In the girls 100 fly, North Allegheny’s trio of young but powerful sophomores took first second and tied for third place. Hinkson won the event with a time of 57.13. Tieppo came in second with a time of 58.08, a personal best. Ogden tied for third place at 59.55.
The North Allegheny boys also swept 1, 2 and 3 in the 100 fly. Gao won the event with a vivace time of 49.62. Totin came in second with a personal best of 51.17. Williams took third place with a 52.82.
In the 100 free, the north Allegheny girls took second, third and fourth place. Mott was the highest placing NA swimmer with a personal best of 54.58. Weaver came in next at 55.05. Grace Jani clocked in at 55.87, also a personal best.
In the boys 100 free, North Allegheny took the top three spots. Regule won with a high-speed swim of 47.59, a personal best. Rechenmacher came in second at 49.01, also personal best. Harbaugh rounded out the top three with a personal best of 50.18.
With the non-section sweep, both the North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ swimming teams improve to 2-0 on the young season. The Tigers return to the pool on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at home against Upper St. Clair. The non-section meet with the Panthers will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.