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2022-2023 Game Summaries

NA Cruises Past Butler For Section Sweep

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by Bob Orkwis

North Allegheny’s boys and girls diving, and swimming teams remained unbeaten in WPIAL meets this season, as the Tigers won twenty of the twenty-four events against an undermanned Golden Tornado squad. The girls won by a score of 101-68, while the boys posted a 88-56 victory.

Sophomore Lola Malarky and junior Alex Palermo won the girls and boys diving events to start the evening. Malarky posted a score of 51.25 on her final dive to finish with 227.60 points, while Palermo narrowly missed the 200 Club, finishing at 198.40.

The Tigers then reeled of 15 straight swimming wins before Butler posted victories in the boys 200 free relay and the girls 100 breaststroke.

North Allegheny swept both the 200 medley relays, before Greta Mott (1:58.79) and Danny Lesinski (1:49.48) won the 200-yard freestyle events.

Lexi Sundgren and Riley Williams each posted victories in the individual 200-yard IM events, with times of (2:11.41) and (2:06.92) respectively. Emma Dietz (22.95) and Zach Jubeck (22.79) followed suit in the 50-yard freestyle races.

The 100 fly and 100 free events were next, and the story remained the same for the Tigers with the following winners: Eva Ogden (1:01.31), Gus Miller (55.88), Natalie Sens (54.72) and Lesinski (49.83).

Two freshman shined in the 500-yard freestyle events, as Claire Bacu (5:24.29) and Mason Shantz (5:11.28) cruised to wins. It was a victory in the 200-yard free relay for the Tigers before Butler posted it first two wins on the night.

Jake Rechenmacher (1:00.30) won the 100-yard backstroke and Emma Dietz (1:10.58) won the 100-yard breaststroke events before Butler again posted back-to-back wins in the boys 100-breast and the girls 400-free relay. A pair of twin sisters stood out on the evening for Butler, as sophomores Abigail and Addison Vance were competitive all night. Addison won the 100-yard backstroke and both sisters swam strong closing legs on the winning 400 free relay team.

North Allegheny capped of the evening by capturing the boys 400-yard freestyle relay.

It was a pair of freshman who were awarded the Wright Automotive Players of the Night for their efforts.

Danny Lesinski with wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle events and a strong opening leg in the 400-free relay won the award for the boys. In the 100-yard freestyle race, Lesinski cut nearly 5 seconds of his seed time of (54.74) and qualified for the WPIAL championships in the process.

Claire Bacu also qualified with her strong 500-yard freestyle win. She won the Wright honors by cutting her seed time in that event by over twenty-one seconds.

The Tigers hit the road next week when they visit Pine-Richland. They return home Wednesday February 1st with a big meet against Seneca Valley. That meet was moved up a day from Thursday to Wednesday and coverage that night beginning at 6PM can be heard on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

NA Shoots Down Moon For Non-Section Sweep

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North Allegheny took home another win in the Swimming and Diving meet vs Moon Area High School.  The NA Girls scored 103 vs. Moon at 37, and the NA Boys scored 107 vs. Moon with 71.

It was a great meet for the NA diving teams as the boys took first and second and the girls swept the top three spots.  Alex Palermo led the way for the boys with a 177.0 followed by Alex Moore in 2nd.  Ethan Maravich also picked up some points for the Tigers with a  4th place finish.  On the girls side, Juliet Hood continued her strong first year as a Tiger with 1st place – 219.2, 7.4 points in front of teammate Maddie Whitewolf.  Faith Miller scored 3rd place at the event. 

On the swimming side, the meet started with the 200 Medley Team Relay with the Girls sweeping 1st,  2nd, and 3rd Place.  The winning team was:  Eva Ogden, Greta Mott, May Coffman, and Mikayla Tieppo with a time of 1:59.48.  For the Boys, NA delivered a 1st and 2nd place finish.  The top time was 1:43.41 swam by Zachary Jubeck, William Gao, Nicholas Klein and Eliot Maravich.

In the 200 Free, the Girls won the top three spots:  Eva Ogden (1st Place) 2:02.94, followed by Ava Sharar 2:05.82, and Shea Mahon 2:10.57.  The Boys won the race with Zachary Totin swimming a 1:53.35.  Mason Shantz came in 2nd swimming 1:56.08 followed by Riley Williams with a time of 1:57.18.

In the 200 IM, Girls Vivien Li won 1st place with a time of 2:15.31, and for the Boys Eliot Maravich was 1st with a winning time of 2:05.13

For the 50 Free, a first place finish by Delaney Kennedy with a time of 26.18, and Boys Danny Lesinski with a time of 22.66.   In the 100 Fly it was Lexi Sundgren winning with a sub-minute time of 59.98.  For the Boys, Eliot Maravich won 1st with a time of 54.82.

Continuing to the 100 Free… Girls Natalie Sens won with a time of 54.57.  Delaney Kennedy, May Coffman, and Marissa Milliron rounded out the top 4 finishers.  For the Boys Dylan Seiford won the event with a time of 51.07.  Great swim by Josh Berty with 2nd place time of 51.68.

The NA Girls once again dominated in the 500 Free, taking the top three spots.  First place went to Claire Bacu with a time of 5:20.70.  The Boys Danny Lesinski won with a time of 5:02.08 with strong swims by William Gao, and Grant Regule. 

In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Boys took first place with a time of 1:35.22 swam by:  Mason Shantz, Nicholas Klein, Caden Currykosky, and Grant Regule.  Finally, for the 4×100 free relay, the Girls team won 1st place with a time of 3:57.62 swam by May Coffman, Lexi Sundgren, Maddie George, and Claire Bacu.

For full results from Wednesday’s meet, click here.

Congrats on another win and good team effort.  On Jan 19th, the Tigers are at Home vs. Butler.

NA Boys Take 3rd, Girls 5th At New Year’s Meet Challenge

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The North Allegheny Tigers traveled to Bucknell University on Saturday to compete at the New Year’s Meet Challenge.  The NA Girls achieved fifth place overall with the boys taking third place.

Starting things off, the Tigers had a strong showing in the 200 Medley Team Relay with both the Girls and Boys taking fourth place in their respective events.  Girls Team:  Greta Mott, Natalie Sens, Dani Hinkson, and Rebecca Melanson swam a time of 1:52.04.  The Boys team landed a time of 1:39.02 swam by William Gao, Gus Miller, Riley Williams, and Grant Regule.

In the 200 Free, Lexi Sundgren swam to an amazing first-place finish with a time of 1:54.70.  Zachary Jubeck came in seventh for his event with a swim time of 1:48.39.  In the 200 IM – it was Emma Dietz – beating her seed time and coming in 10th with a time of 2:15.65. For the Boys it was Danny Lesinski with a fifth-place finish swimming a 2:00.19. For the 50 Free, Grant Regule swam a 22.49, with Rebecca Melanson swimming a 25.29 for the Girls to take 6th place for the event.  Continuing to the 100 Fly, girls’ swimmer Dani Hinkson was the top NA finisher with a time of 1:00.01 for a 5th Place finish. William Gao scored 3rd place with a time of 51.75.  In the 100 Free, the top NA girls’ swimmer was Eva Ogden with a time of 57.27, and for the Boys it was Zachary Jubeck with a time of 50.01

Another strong showing in the 4×50 Free Team Relay with both the Girls and Boys taking fourth place in their respective events.  Girls Team:  Delaney Kennedy, Rebecca Melanson, Natalie Sens, and Lexi Sundgren swam a time of 1:43.14.  The Boys Team landed a time of 1:31.18 swam by Zachary Jubeck, Grant Regule, Danny Lesinski, and Zachary Totin.

The NA Girls once again dominated in the 500 Free. It was Lexi Sundgren taking third place with a time of 5:1.58.  The Boys Eliot Maravich got seventh place with a time of 5:00.05.  For the 100 Backstroke, it was Greta Mott with a seventh-place finish of 1:01.51, and for the Boys, a first-place finish by William Gao with a time of 52.63. Finally, for the 100 Breaststroke, Natalie Sens swam to a ninth-place finish for the Lady Tigers with a time of 1:10.30.  The top NA Boys finisher in the 100 Breaststroke was Dylan Seiford with a time of 1:04.64.

In the diving category, NA sent three girls to Bucknell and they delivered.  Christina Shi had another outstanding performance in the 11 dive meet, posting a score of 470.4 to take home first place. It was a battle for second place and Lola Malarky was able to out dive North Penn’s Keira Allison (2022 4th place at PIAA State meet) to take home a second place for the Tigers.  Grabbing some valuable additional points for the NA girls was Juliet Hood with her fourth-place finish. It was a large field of girl divers which makes taking home first, second, and fourth place quite an accomplishment.

For a complete look at the North Allegheny swim results from Bucknell University, click here.

Congrats on the great swimming and team effort.  Next up on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Tigers travel to Moon Area High School for their next dual meet.

NA Remains Perfect With Sweep Of Fox Chapel

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by Bob Orkwis

The Tigers closed out 2022 with sweeps in their first four events. North Allegheny started the new year in the same fashion, sweeping Fox Chapel in Wexford in its first home meet since the season opener.

North Allegheny won 16 events and tied another, as the boys won 109-72 and the girls were victorious by a score of 103-81.

The diving competition got things started and teammates Christina Shi and Lola Malarky went back and forth for the girls, as the sophomore Malarky led with a score of 284.80, before Shi posted a score of 51.70 on her final dive to win by 3.55 points. Fox Chapel’s Jackson Hagler won the boys competition posting the only score in the two-hundreds. (249.30).

The Foxes won the opening girls 200-yard medley relay, before the Tigers won 7 of the next 9 events. William Gao, Danny Lesinski, Gus Miller, and Grant Regule won the boys 200 medley relay with Lexi Sundgren cruising (1:54.88) in the 200 free. Eliot Maravich (1:45.88) followed suit for the boys, before multi-gold medal winner Sophie Shao won the girls 200-yard IM for the Foxes.

Gao took the boys 200 IM followed by Rebecca Melanson (25.00) winning the 50 free, and Regule (22.26) capturing the boys 50 free. Nicholas Klein won the 100-yard fly with a time of (55.60) before Melanson and Fox Chapel’s Payton O’Toole tied (54.64) in the girls 100-yard freestyle.

Zach Jubeck was the winner in the boys 100-free with a time of (49.24) and then Sundgren, who won WPIAL old in the 500-free last year, eased her way to a 16-second win in that event. Maravich then posted a winning time of (4:48.07) in the boys 500-free.

The Tigers put the meet in cruise control by winning both 200-free relays, Greta Mott (1:00.26) taking the 100-back, and Gao (54.34) victorious on the boy’s side. Natalie Sens then closed out the wins for North Allegheny with a time of (1:07.47) in the girls 100-yard backstroke.

Despite strong performances by Sundgren and Maravich, Shi and Jubeck took home the Wright Automotive Players of the Night Awards. The highly decorated Shi won for the girls with her clutch sixth and final dive. Jubeck won for the boys with a second-place finish in the 200-free, a win in the 100-free, and a strong second leg to help the Tigers win the final event, the boys 400-yard freestyle, even though no points were awarded.

For a look at complete meet results, click here.

North Allegheny heads next to the place where everyone wants to be at season’s end, Bucknell University. The Tigers will compete this upcoming weekend at the Kinney Natatorium in the Bucknell Invitational before traveling to Moon on Jan. 10.

Tigers Claw Past Panthers For Non-Section Sweep

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North Allegheny took home another non-section at Upper St. Clair on Tuesday night as the Lady Tigers earned a 96-88 win and the NA Boys won by the same score, 96-88.
The diving teams delivered a sweep at Upper St Clair with the NA girls taking the first three spots for the second straight meet. Christina Shi was the winner with a score of 283, followed by Lola Malarky’s 225 and Juliet Hood in a close third with a score of 222. For the NA boys, although not taking the top spot, they took second (Alex Polermo – 142), third (Ethan Maravich – 135) and fourth (Alex Moore – 134) place points which outpaced the total points from the Upper St Clair boys.

The swimming portion of the meet started off with the 200 Medley Team Relay taking second and third place. Team A: Eva OgdenNatalie SensDani Hinkson, and Rebecca Melanson swam a time of 1:51.10. For the Boys, NA delivered a first-place finish by Danny LesinskiGus MillerWilliam Gao, and Grant Regule with a time of 1:36.79.

In the 200 Free, the Lady Tigers won the top two spots thanks to Emma Dietz (1st Place – 1:57.81) and Greta Mott (2nd Place – 1:58.68). The NA Boys won the race with Eliot Maravich swimming a 1:44.40. Zachary Jubeck came in second place, swimming a time of 1:44.59.

For the 50 Free, a first-place finish by Grant Regule led the way with a time of 22.17. Also swimming strong for the NA Boys  in the 100 Fly was Miller (1st Place – 53.42), Lesinski (53.92), and Riley Williams (54.90).

Continuing to the 100 Free, the Lady Tigers were paced by Mott (55.63), Julianne Weaver (57.91) and Madden Woycheck (58.04). Fast swims were also provided by the boys courtesy of Gao (48.67), Jubeck (49:18), Josh Berty (49.42), and Zachary Totin (49:62).

In the 100 Fly for the girls’ team, Sens swam to second place (59.26), followed by Dietz and Ava Sharar. For the boys’ team, it was Miller (53.42), Lesinski (53.92), and R. Williams (54.90) that represented for NA.

The NA Girls once again dominated in the 500 Free, taking the top two spots with Lexi Sundgren grabbing first place (5:06.77) and Sens taking second place (5:27.34). The Boys were led by Eliot Maravich, who won with a time of 4:50.47 Strong efforts came courtesy of Emmanuel Chu and Ethan Maravich in the event.

For the 100 Back, it was Tori Tieppo with a second-place finish of 1:03.47 and Maddie George with a time of 1:09.47. For the Boys, Owen Williams garnered second place (54.74) and Mason Shantz took fourth place (58:76).

Finally, in the 100 Breaststroke, Shelby Sundgren swam to a second-place finish for the Lady Tigers with a time of 1:11.46, followed by Marissa Milliron who clocked in at 1:13.83. For the Boys, strong swims came courtesy of Miller (1:01.85), Dylan Seiford (1:02.15), and Andrew Li (1:06.33).

For complete results from Tuesday’s meet, click here.

Both teams improve to 4-0 on the season with the sweep of USC. On Jan. 3, the Tigers are at home against Fox Chapel. The meet will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.