Tigers Slay Blue Devils In Record Setting Performance
Pool records fell like dominoes on Thursday, December 17 as North Allegheny swimmers set new marks in six events while sweeping Mount Lebanon at North Allegheny Senior High School. Junior Lauren McGrath set pool and school records in the 200-yard freestyle, then set a pool record in the 100-yard freestyle, as the girls won 106-78. Junior Eben Krigger set a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle, and also was part of the record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay team, as the boys won 100-81.
McGrath’s 200-yard-freestyle time of 1:48.84 broke her own school record of 1:49.80 and also broke Morgan Soulia’s pool record of 1:52.51. Her 100-yard freestyle time of 50.76 broke her own pool record of 51.99. McGrath also was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team, with seniors Katie Wright and Gianna Caputo and junior Anna Verardi, whose time of 3:30.88 broke the prior pool record of 3:31.60. The other record-setter among the girls was sophomore Ann Juneau, whose 200-yard individual medley time of 2:04.61 broke Soulia’s pool record of 2:05.33. Other first place finishers for the girls were Wright in the 50-yard freestyle (23.90); senior Erin Kuhn in the 100-yard butterfly (58.58); and Verardi in the 100-yard backstroke (59.53).
Among the boys, Krigger’s 200-yard freestyle time of 1:39.63 broke the record of 1:40.55 that was set by current Stanford University swimmer Ryan Dudzinski, formerly of Upper St. Clair. The other first-place finishers were sophomore Mason Gonzalez in the 100-yard freestyle (45.96); senior Michael Struk in the 500-yard freestyle (4:48.14); and senior Colin MacDonald in the 100-yard backstroke (53.64). Gonzalez and Krigger were joined on record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay team by junior Max Gonzalez and senior Dan Songer; their time of 1:24.93 broke the prior pool record of 1:26.03 that was set in 1993 by a relay team that included current NA swim coach Patrick Wenzel.
In diving, junior Maddie Mianzo won the girls’ competition with a score of 235.90.