Boys Swimming & Diving: 2017 East Season Recap

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The East showcased its depth and balance in the WPIAL's largest classification this season with Hempfield Area topping 200 points and tying Upper St. Clair for third place in the WPIAL team standings. The Spartans were not alone in the top 10 at WPIALs. They were joined by sixth-place Central Catholic (143), seventh-place Franklin Regional (127), eighth-place Penn Hills (100), ninth-place Penn-Trafford (81) and 11th-place Woodland Hills (73).

Day by day at the PIAA swimming championships, Sead Niksic was rewriting the Obama Academy record book. On Thursday, the Obama Academy junior became the first swimmer in the school's short history to win a PIAA medal when he captured the bronze in the 100 butterfly. A day later, he became the first swimmer in program history to win a PIAA silver medal, when he took second place in the 100 backstroke. Niksic held the lead after the final turn through 75 yards of the 100 backstroke but was caught by Lower Moreland junior Connor Killian who clocked in at 49.64 to edge Killian by 0.64 seconds.

Penn Hills sophomore Kimani Gregory is a WPIAL champion after swimming the 100 butterfly in 50.17 to barely beat out Hempfield senior Zack Rulli by 0.01 seconds. Gregory also won WPIAL silver in the 100 freestyle. His older brother won WPIAL gold in the 100 breaststroke.