Chartiers Valley senior Drew Damich has established himself as the premier distance freestyler in WPIAL Class AA, by the slightest of margins. He has dueled with another senior, West Allegheny's Jarod Kehl, over the years. Last year at WPIALs, Damich won gold in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle winning the 200 freestyle by 0.26 seconds and winning the 500 freestyle by 1.08. He has also captured PIAA gold as a sophomore. A new immediate challenge awaits Damich this year. He will no longer be challenged by Kehl for WPIAL and PIAA gold, but rather a slew of distance freestylers in Class AAA where Chartiers Valley will compete next season. The Chartiers Valley girls team had been competing in the WPIAL's highest classification for the past two seasons and now the boys join them.
While the immediate challenge of Class AAA is right in front of Damich and his teammates, there is another challenge down the road. Next season Damich will make another jump, from WPIAL Class AAA to the Big 12 Conference. He recently committed to West Virginia University where he will compete for the Mountaineers, a Big 12 and NCAA finalist last season. Damich swims out of the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club.