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Swimming: North Allegheny freshman making immediate impact

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Lauren McGrath is making an impact in WPIAL swimming circles and she is doing it at one of the premier programs in the state, North Allegheny. McGrath had no problem cracking the depth chart at the swimming powerhouse. Earlier this season she took place in a North Allegheny Senior High School pool record-breaking relay. McGrath teamed up with a trio of juniors, Jacquelyn Du, Morgan Soulia and Kayla Churman to swim the 200 medley relay in a record setting time of 1:45.57. McGrath was the anchor of that relay and she swam her leg in 23.83.

McGrath has also showcased her versatility this season, she won the 200 freestyle by over six seconds against Bethel Park with a time of 1:56.46. McGrath's time against Bethel Park is currently the fastest reported time in that event among WPIAL Class AAA girls.

She won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.84 against Bethel Park, out touching her teammates, junior Maggie Root and freshman Anna Verardi. She took second place in the 50 freestyle to Du in the dual meet against Upper St. Clair but she improved on her time barely with a 24.83. McGrath even notched a WPIAL qualifying time in the 100 butterfly with a 1:00.69. The North Allegheny has WPIAL qualifying times in the shortest event, the 50 freestyle, and the longest event, the 500 freestyle. In a dual meet against Seneca Valley, McGrath took second to Soulia in the 500 freestyle.

McGrath is not only headed to the WPIAL championships where she is expected to make an impact, she will likely find herself on two of the Lady Tiger's top relays.