Swimming: Char Valley's Damich holds off West A's Kehl at WPIALs

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For the second consecutive year, Chartiers Valley's Drew Damich swept the WPIAL gold medals in the distance freestyle events. And he did it in similar fashion, with blistering speeds and by out-touching rival Jarod Kehl of West Allegheny. Damich won the 2014 WPIAL distance freestyle events in the 200 and 500 with times of 1:42.51 and 4:36.96.

"Everything went great," Damich said of his WPIAL performance this year. "I did just what I needed to do."

As a freshman competing in Class AAA, Damich posted WPIAL times of 1:45.65 and 4:48.63 in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He shaved seconds off those times as a sophomore with his gold-medal swims of 1:43.30 and 4:40.87.


Swimming: Char Valley's Damich targets gold at PIAA swim meet

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Chartiers Valley swimmer Drew Damich. Click here to read his story.

2014 0313 ChartiersValley Swimming(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Drew Damich won championships in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AA meet at Pitt's Trees Pool. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

"The noise, the size and the speed all made for an eye-opening experience for Drew Damich at his first WPIAL swimming championships.

Competing on the Class AAA level three years ago, Damich, then a Chartiers Valley freshman, finished ninth and 10th in his signature distance freestyle events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races.

"It shocked me -- it was a much different meet than I expected it to be," Damich recalled. "I grew up swimming, doing meets for clubs and USA Swimming. I went into [the WPIAL championships] thinking it was going to be just another meet -- it was completely different.

"There are a lot of really fast kids, the whole atmosphere was amazing. It gets really loud in there compared to any other event. It was eye-opening.""


Alumni Update - T.J. McConnell (Arizona)

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Conference champion Arizona was rewarded for its efforts with a total of 10McConnell Arizona Pac-12 postseason honors on Monday in an announcement by the league office.

T.J. McConnell was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive after leading the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.02) and ranking third in both assists (5.5) and steals (1.8) per game. He averages 8.3 points on .452 shooting, and has led UA in assists 26 times in 31 games this season.

The Chartiers Valley graduate enters the postseason needing 11 assists to move into 10th place on Arizona’s single-season chart.


(photo courtesy of University of Arizona)


Swimming: Damich helps Chartiers Valley climb leaderboard

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Looking at the WPIAL Class AA boys team standings, Chartiers Valley clocked in at third place, in what some may consider a surprise. The Colts totaled 159 points to outpoint the fourth-place team and three-time defending champion Indiana who had 158. Chartiers Valley also finished ahead of perennial powers such as fifth-place Hopewell (132), seventh-place Shady Side Academy (129), eighth-place West Allegheny (127) and ninth-place South Fayette (88).

A big reason for Chartiers Valley's ascension up the standings was the performance of junior Drew Damich who individually accounted for 40 points and whose relays helped account for another 74 points meaning Damich was directly involved in 114 points that would place him ninth in the WPIAL team standings.


Swimming: Chartiers Valley diver a perfect 3 for 3 at WPIALs

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She has proven she can do it at Class AA and now she has proven she can do it at Class AAA – twice. Chartiers Valley junior Maria Lohman captured her third consecutive WPIAL diving medal at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships at North Allegheny. Lohman, who won in Class AA as a freshman and Class AAA as a sophomore, won in style, putting together a personal best score of 540.15 over the 11-dive meet.

The gold medal was hardly in doubt as Lohman led the entire meet and continued to stretch her lead. She won by over 100 points, out distancing herself from Fox Chapel's Miranda Simon (414.10).