Notre Dame is known for its football team, which is headed to the national championship game. And when people think of Notre Dame-Mt. Lebanon connections they may think of basketball standout Madison Cable who helped Mt. Lebanon to back-to-back PIAA championships before committing to the Fighting Irish women’s team.
But there is another former Blue Devil and PIAA champion excelling in athletics at Notre Dame, John Nappi.
In high school he was a dominant freestyler swimmer. Now in college Nappi is showing his range in the same event. The 6-foot 165-pound sophomore has posted career bests in the 100 freestyle (46.81), 200 freestyle (1:38.74), 500 freestyle (4:27.13) and 1,650 freestyle (15:27.69) to go along with a career best of 1:55.54 in the 200 individual medley.
As a freshman Nappi posted two top-eight finishes at the Big East Conference Championships. He is integral part of the Fighting Irish swim team this year.
In high school Nappi was a nine-time All-American and he still holds school records in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle as well as being a part of record relays in the 200 and 400 freestyle. Nappi won WPIAL championships in the 200 individual medley as a junior and won his biggest prize, the 500 freestyle state championship as a senior.