Stellar Performances by Upper St Clair Boys and Girls Swim and Dive Team against North Allegheny
Both Girls and Boys Team losses were outweighed by great performances by the athletes. There are 6 WPIAL qualifiers (automatic and 2nd cuts) for the girls. Leading the way are sophomores Amanda Aidar (2 automatic times), Kaitlyn Connors (3 automatic times), and Blaire Gillespie (two 2nd cuts). Special shout outs to our first time WPIAL qualfiers Freja Kile (2nd cut in 200 Free) and Drew Kendell (2nd cuts in 50 Free and 100 Back). The 200 Free and 400 free Relay teams won their events and earned automatic qualifying times. Diver Addison Burnette scored a WPIAL qualifying score of 213.
The boys had a stellar meet, winning 8 of 11 swimming events. The boys’ 200 Medley, 200 and 400 Free Relay teams won their events and earned automatic qualifying times. The seniors gave outstanding performances led by Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan (1st in 200 Free and 100 Fly), Ethan Neal (1st in 100 back and 2nd in 100 Fly), Will Perham (1st in 100 Breast), Ryan Senchyshak (1st in 50 free and 2nd in 100 free), Andrew White (2nd in 500 free), and Daniel Wang (3rd in 100 Back and 4th in 50 free). There are 12 swimmers that earned WPIAL qualifying times, 5 of whom earned at least one automatic time. Special mention to the following sophomores’ performances. Whit Burns finished 2nd in the 100 breast posting a personal best and automatic qualifying time of 1:00 min. Max Shipley posted personal bests in 200 and 500 Free and 2nd cuts in both events. Matthew Fibbi swam a personal best in 500 Free and earned his first WPIAL qualifying time. Rounding up our WPIAL qualifiers are juniors Colby Bernard (100 Fly), Alex Petkov (100 Breast), and Matvey Zoukovski (50 free and 100 free). It is noteworthy that, had it not been for an unfortunate incident that disqualified all our swimmers in the 200 IM, Will, Andrew and Pavel would have finished 1st, 2nd and 5th in the event and Will and Andrew would have earned their automatic times. Despite posting a loss, it was indeed a very successful first meet of the 21-22 season.
The unofficial list of WPIAL qualifiers after the meet against NA mat be found here: WPIAL Qualifiers as of 12-21-21