2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny Swimming Team competed in the WPIAL Swimming Championships at Upper St. Clair High School in record fashion, with the Lady Tigers winning the WPIAL title for the thirteenth straight year, and the Boys team finishing in third place. The NA Boys have won 14 out of the last 16 WPIAL titles
The NA Girls won with a score of 425, finishing 96 points ahead of second-place Seneca Valley High School. The boys came in third place with a score of 227.5, 49 points behind first-place Upper St. Clair.
The NA Girls started off the meet with high place finishes for the 200 Free, with Lexi Sundgren taking second, and Molly Smyers taking first and Olivia Kisow touching third in the 200 IM. The relay team of Smyers, Kisow, Ella Ogden and Quinn Frost took third in the 200 Medley Relay. Freshman swimmer Natalie Sens finished second in the 50 Free while Frost took sixth. Lady Tiger swimmer Ogden finished second on the 100 Fly. Sundgren finished second in the 100 Free and in the 500 Free Smyers finished first with Kisow finishing third. The Lady Tigers finished the day winning the 400 Free Relay with the team of Smyers, Isabella Dietz, Kisow, and Sundgren.
The NA Boys came out strong taking second place in the 200 Medley Relay with the team of William Gao, Jacob McCarran, Timothy Compton and Matthew Turzai. Compton finished 5th in the 100 Fly. Compton also finished 5th and the 500 Free while Zachary Jubeck finished sixth. McCarran placed second in the 100 Breaststroke. The Tigers relay team of Turzai, Tyler Tieppo, Compton and Jubeck finished fourth in the 400 Free Relay.
The qualifiers for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships will then travel to Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA. The meet is scheduled to be on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
For the second straight year, the North Allegheny triumvirate of Christina Shi, Maya Ennis and Zoe Ky finished 1-2-3 at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championship on Saturday.
In 2020, Shi, Ennis and Ky made history as the first divers from the same school to finish in first, second and third place at the WPIAL championships. A year later, the trio did it again. In the process, Shi broke her own varsity record with a score of 532.65. Ennis posted a score of 495.6 and Ky had a score of 466. Sophomore Maddie Whitewolf made her first appearance at the WPIAL championship event and finished with a 13th-place showing.
For the North Allegheny boys’ diving team, senior Will Schenk won WPIAL silver with a score of 449.45. Senior Lucas Rodgers also participated in the event and earned a ninth-place finish.
The Tigers will look to add on to their consecutive streak of WPIAL Swimming & Diving titles for both the girls and boys on Saturday, March 6 at the WPIAL Class AAA championships.
by Bob Orkwis
The final dual meet of the season went swimmingly for North Allegheny as the divers and both the girls and boys swim teams took care of business against North Hills. The Lady Tigers (8-0/6-0) clinched the section championship with a 108-72 victory, while the boys (6-2/5-1) defeated the Indians by a score of 101-53.
Much like the diving script for the season senior Maya Ennis and sophomore Will Schenk were dominant on the boards. For the second time in three meets, Ennis posted a score of 295.55, tying her personal best and once again just 7.8 points off the school and pool record owned by Christina Shi. Schenk was victorious again, posting a score of 249.70 and securing first place in every diving event this season. Senior Lucas Rodgers was the only other member of the 200-club, finishing behind his teammate with a score of 215.15.
The girls were up next, and North Allegheny clinched the section championship by winning 7 of the 11 races. After North Hills took the 200-yard Medley Relay, with the Tigers finishing second and third, Olivia Kisow (1:59.44), Lexi Sundgren (2:13.90) and Molly Smyers (24.86) captured the 200-free, the 200-IM and the 50-free, respectively. After Sarah Kuchma of the Indians edged Ella Ogden in the 100-fly, Natalie Sens and Sundgren won the next two individual races. Sens, the freshman, won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of (54.19) and the sophomore Sundgren took the 500-free at (5:19.17). The team of Greta Mott, Kara Mihm, Sens, and Quinn Frost won the 200-free relay with a time of (1:41.98). Kisow (1:04.31) took the 100-back. North Hills, who suffered its second section defeat, finished strong by sweeping the 100-breast and finished 1-2 in the 400-free relay.
For the second time in the last three meets, the NA boys had to rebound from a 2-point loss. The Tigers started strong, winning the 200-yard Medley Relay, the 200-free and the 200-IM. Zach Jubeck, Jacob McCarran, William Gao, and Matt Turzai (1:39.97) won the relay, with Ben Gavran (1:51.02) and Tyler Tieppo (2:05.37) taking the next two races. Josh Bogniard, the outstanding North Hills senior who has the top time in the WPIAL in the 50-free, won that race with a time of (21.46), beating Gao (22.82). Jubeck (54.66) scored a great come from behind win in the 100-fly with McCarran and Stewart Messer finishing 2nd and 3rd. Hayden Klein took the 100-free with a time of (51.98) and senior Tim Compton coasted to a 27-second victory in the 500-free with a time f (4:50.70). McCarran, Jubeck, Gavran and Turzai (1:31.33) were victorious in the 200-free relay. North Hills answered by winning the final three races, but that was not enough to fight off the Tigers.
One final piece of regular season business remains, as the Last-Ditch Invitational will take place at North Allegheny on Saturday February 20th. All qualifying times must be registered before the cutoff on that day.
Congratulations go out to Maya Ennis and Zach Jubeck who were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Meet for the second time this season. Ennis, won the diving honors by tying her personal best score and Jubeck’s comeback in the 100-free and his team win in the 200-free relay earned the award for the boys. George Washington bound senior Molly Smyers was named the Wright Lady Tiger swimmer of the meet. Her time of (24.86) in the 50-free was her best seed time of the season. Her team also posted the best time in the 200-yard Medley Relay, but they were eventually disqualified.
Next up for all the swimming and diving athletes are the WPIAL Championships. Shi will get a chance to defend her diving gold at her home pool on Saturday February 26th. The Lady Tigers will chase their record 13th consecutive 3A title and the boys will go for their 8th in nine seasons when they compete at Upper St. Clair High School on Sunday March 7.
Swim Rivals North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair faced off for the first time at USC’s new Aquatics Center with the Lady Tigers coming out on top setting pool records with a score of 110-76 and the Boys team losing to the Panthers 93.5-91.5.
by Bob Orkwis
Two days after a hard-fought section meet against Seneca Valley, North Allegheny returned to the pool to face a shorthanded Mars squad on Senior Night in Wexford. The Tigers feted their 14 seniors in grand fashion by sweeping the Fightin’ Planets in a (3A) Section 2 matchup. The girls were victorious by a score of 91-68 and the boys bounced back after suffering their first defeat in 14 years with an 81-53 win.
Mars junior Kellen Fletcher was the only diver to participate for the Fightin’ Planets while the Tigers sent out five seniors among their seven divers. As has been customary, sophomore Will Schenk paced the boy’s divers finishing first with a score of 255.60. Lucas Rodgers finished with 200 points and steadily improving freshman Alex Palermo posted a score of 167.25. On the girl’s boards, Maya Ennis was the only diver to break 200 points and the Yale bound senior did it in grand fashion. Ennis posted a score of 295.55, which was her personal best and was just 7.8 points of the pool and school record of 303.35 set by Christina Shi in December.
The NA boys stepped up next in front of an enthusiastic girls’ team and senior parents. After suffering a 94-92 loss to Seneca Valley, the Tigers took care of business against Mars. The senior relay team of Tim Compton, Jacob McCarran, Tyler Tieppo and Matt Turzai finished first in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:42.34. Seniors Compton, Tieppo, Turzai along with Zach Jubeck captured the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.41 and the original quartet finished off the meet in grand style with a first-place time of 3:26.12 in the 400 free-relay. Other Tigers boys scoring victories were Zach Jubeck (2:03.78) in the 200 IM, Turzai (23.03) in the 50-free, Jacob Yarosz (56.87) in the 100-fly, William Gao (52.12) in the 100-free, David Shi (58.70) in the 100-back and McCarran (58.08) in the 100-breast.
The girls followed the boys and the girls also followed the boys’ formula for success starting with their own senior foursome. Quinn Frost, Olivia Kisow, Molly Smyers and Haley Miller won the opener, the 200 Medley Relay with a time of (1:52.48). Kisow, Miller, Lily Courville and Frost were winners in the 200-free relay (1:43.06) and the night’s final race, the 400-free (3:44.69) was won by Kisow, Smyers, Courville and Frost. The Tigers won the first 6 individual races against Mars as well. Sara Gunnett took the 200-free with a time of (2:07.12). Madeline Harris (2:25.12), Frost (25.13), Kisow (1:01.10) and Lexi Sundgren (53.75) won the 200-free,200-IM, 50-free, 100-fly and 100-freerespectively. Freshman Natalie Sens continued her strong week by winning the 500-free with a time of (5:30.99). Mars finished 1-2-3 in the 100-back and 1-2 in the 100-breast before the Tigers captured the final relay race to end the evening.
Everyone involved with Senior Night at North Allegheny did a tremendous job in celebrating the 14 seniors for the Tigers. On the girls’ side, Jordan Atkins, Lily Courville, Maya Ennis, Quinn Frost, Olivia Kisow, Haley Miller, Jordan Richards, Olivia Schenk, and Molly Smyers were celebrated. On the boys’ side, Tim Compton, Jacob McCarran, Lucas Rodgers, Tyler Tieppo and Matt Turzai were honored.
Congratulations on Senior Night were also awarded to some of the 12th graders as they earned honors as the Wright Automotive Players of the Meet. Ennis, with her personal best score was the diver of the meet. While Compton, McCarran, Tieppo, Turzai were chosen from the boys for their relay wins. The relay winners from the girls, Frost, Kisow, Smyers, Miller and Courville, also earned the honors.
North Allegheny travels to Upper St. Clair for a non-section meet on Saturday before wrapping up section action next Wednesday when they host North Hills.