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Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Mt. Lebanon's Andrei Mihailescu

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Andrei Mihailescu
School: Mt. Lebanon
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Mt. Lebanon senior Andrei Mihailescu has been a steady presence in the Blue Devils lineup for the previous four years. He is a four-time WPIAL qualifier and has had big swims at big meets numerous times, arguably none better than his performance against Upper St. Clair that allowed the Blue Devils to capture a section title. Mihailescu will swim the 100 yard butterfly and 100 backstroke this weekend at the WPIAL Class AAA championships.

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Swimming: One upset down, one to go for Mt. Lebanon boys

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There were not many people outside the Mt. Lebanon boys swim team who thought it had a chance at a section title this season. After all the Blue Devils compete in the same section as WPIAL juggernaut Upper St. Clair, home to one of the best boys swim teams in the country. There probably were not even too many people inside the Mt. Lebanon locker room who thought it had a shot at the Panthers.

Before the final section meet of the season, one that would decide the section title, Mt. Lebanon boys swimming coach Tom Donati looked over at senior Andrei Mihailescu.
"How nice would it be to hold up a section plaque at WPIALs," Donati told him. "I only asked Andrei, I knew the rest of the team would think I am crazy," Donati said. "I would love to know who thought we had a chance to win the meet. I never ever scored the meet out in my head, there was just no way with (Upper St. Clair swimmers) Ryan (Dudzinski), Fynn (Minuth), Patrick Lersch, Kevin Liu, Braedon Wong, (Jake) Johnsen."

Donati is well aware of the talent on Upper St. Clair. He coached most of them when he was the Panthers' head coach prior to coming to Mt. Lebanon.

"When you are swimming against a team with five legit Division I swimmers, we never talked about beating them," Donati said. "They are one of the better teams in the country."

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Swimming: Mt. Lebanon hopes to ride upset to WPIAL gains

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mt. Lebanon swim team.

"Before the final section meet of the season, one that would decide the section title, Mt. Lebanon boys swimming coach Tom Donati looked over at senior Andrei Mihailescu.

"How nice would it be to hold up a section plaque at WPIALs?" Donati asked him.

Holding up a section title plaque at the WPIAL championships on Saturday would be nice but it would also require beating Upper St. Clair, one of the top high school boys teams in the countries.

"I only asked Andrei, I knew the rest of the team would think I am crazy," Donati said. "I would love to know who thought we had a chance to win the meet. I never ever scored the meet out in my head, there was just no way with [Upper St. Clair swimmers] Ryan [Dudzinski], Fynn [Minuth], Patrick Lersch, Kevin Liu, Braedon Wong, [Jake] Johnsen.""

 

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Alumni Update - Natalie Corrado (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MEADVILLE, Pa. -The Allegheny women's track and field team was well-represented at one of the largest collegiate track invitationals inCorrado AC the United States.

 

Taking part in the David Hemery Valentine's Invitational, hosted by Boston University, the Allegheny distance medley relay team of junior Alyssa Brindle, freshman Natalie Corrado, junior Alexis Preston, and senior Marisa Brown broke a 12-year old school record by posting a time of 12:11.52.

 

In addition to establishing a new school record, it also marked the fastest mark in the NCAC this season, and third best in Division III.  

 

Brindle opened the race running the 1200-meter portion, finishing with a split of 3:43. Corrado, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, then turned in a time of season-best split of 59 seconds in the 400 meter, before Preston ran the 800 meter leg in 2:20.23.  Brown closed the relay by running the mile in 5:06, a career-best.

 

The Gators took second place in their heat, and finished 14th overall among 30 squads spanning all three NCAA classifications.


The performance of Brindle, Corrado, Preston, and Brown topped the previous Allegheny record of 12:14.30 set in 2003 by the team of Leah Shouey, Liz Shouey, Brooke Woods, and Lindsey Hayes. The Gators' performance in Boston is also the second-fastest time recorded by a NCAC squad dating back to 2010.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Alumni Update - Emma Pellicano (Allegheny)

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MEADVILLE, Pa. – The Gator women's basketball squad saw a late lead slip away, as a layup by Ohio Wesleyan's Taylor Dickson cappedPellicano AC a late rally to push the Battling Bishops past the Gators, 58-56, in an emotional back-and-forth, physical contest on Saturday at the David V. Wise Center.


Junior Emma Pellicano, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, scored a team-high 15 points, shooting 6-of-14 from the field while adding a block, steal and assist.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)