Name: Monica Sowinski
High School: Latrobe
A year after nabbing a pair of silver medals at the WPIAL championships, Latrobe junior Monica Sowinski is seeking her gold medal moment. Sowinski took second in the 200-yard freestyle last season at WPIALs, finishing behind Olympic hopeful Leah Smith of Oakland Catholic. In her other premier event, Sowinski took second in the 100 freestyle behind North Allegheny's Morgan Soulia. This year Sowinski is seeded second in the 200 yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships that begin Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. Sowinski is seeded behind North Allegheny senior Jade Song who finished third behind Sowinski last year in this event. In the 100 freestyle, Sowinski finds herself as the three seed with a time of 52.94 behind Mt. Lebanon senior Katie Ford (51.69) and Soulia (52.47). Sowinski will also play a big role in Latrobe relays. She anchors the 200 freestyle relay that is seeded fifth and she will anchor the 400 freestyle relay that is seeded third.