Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the last dozen years. And those divers usually go through the Pitt Aquatic Club where husband/wife coach duo Julian and Doe Krug coach them. Two divers normally come to mind, first and foremost, Doe and Julian's daughter, Cassidy Krug, and Samantha Pickens.
Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and reach the Olympic Trials. Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman has national championship aspirations and Olympic aspirations of her own.
But first thing is first. Before she attempts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Lohman has her sights set on Bucknell, where she is a heavy favorite to cap off her high school career with another state crown.
Lohman has won four WPIAL diving championships. She is in the PIAA Class AAA diving championships this weekend seeking to win her third consecutive title.