Riverside is bringing a diversified portfolio of competitors with it to Bucknell University next week for the state championships. The PIAA Class AA event will be held March 11-12. Riverside is bringing all three relays, a rare feat, along with an individual swimming qualifier and a diver. The Panthers have been one of the big success stories in the WPIAL this season. The climbed as high as seventh in the WPIAL Class AA team standings and now they have one of the largest contingent of swimmers at states from Western Pennsylvania.
The contingent of Riverside swimmers is led by sophomore Erica King. She swam all three relays and only one individual event, making a sacrifice for her team to help get more girls out to states. She led off the 200 medley relay that also included sophomore Alana Nulph, junior Kelly Krechowski and senior Raena Valli. That relay finished fifth at WPIALs and is seeded 17th at states. King also led off the 200 freestyle relay with the same foursome that finished third. The 200 freestyle relay is seeded 12th at states. King also led off the 400 freestyle relay that took fourth with Valli, Krechowski and senior Carly Rosendale. The Riverside 400 freestyle relay is seeded 14th. Individually King took fourth in the 100 backstroke at WPIALs and is seeded 15th at states.