There were a few standout performances at this year's state final, one from a perennial power and one from a rising power. Mt. Lebanon sophomore Trinity Ward won WPIAL gold in the 100 butterfly and she won her first ever state title in the same event. Ward had to fend off West Chester's Ann Carozza, the top seed in the event. Ward edged her by 0.32 seconds.
At WPIALs, Ward, Maddie Dorish, Sophia Donati and Emma Graham won WPIAL gold in the 200 medley relay and Kathryn Nicholson, Donati, Graham and Ward won WPIAL gold in the 400 freestyle relay for the Blue Devils. The 400 freestyle relay clocked in at 3:25.76, WPIAL record time, beating out an NA relay time of 3:26.41 from 2014.
Abby Hay brought a PIAA silver medal back home to Peters Township from Bucknell University after her performance in the 200-yard freestyle last week. Swimming at the PIAA Class 3A championships, Hay held true to her second-fastest seeded time and clocked in at 4:55.27 to win the silver. That silver goes with the bronze she won on the first day of the competition. Hay swam the 200 IM in 2:01.12 to take bronze. She was actually the sixth seed entering the 200 IM, but shaved nearly two full seconds off her time to take third place. Hay was the top finishing WPIAL swimmer in both of her events.
As teams, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair once again pushed North Allegheny to the brink. The Tigers ultimately prevailed with 342 points ahead of the Blue Devils (307) and Upper St. Clair (249) but there were certainly some tense moments at Pitt's Trees Pool.