The North Allegheny boys have waited seven years to win a PIAA team title. After an absolutely dominating performance at the PIAA Class 3A championships this past weekend that happened around bizarre circumstances, the Tigers are going to have to wait a few extra days. After having not won the state crown since 2010, the few extra days may not seem like much to wait for their fourth ever state championship.
North Allegheny left Bucknell University on Sunday with a dominating 271-183 advantage over second-place LaSalle College. But after a winter storm derailed the originally scheduled events of the state title, the diving portion will not be held until this coming weekend. The most possible points a team can accumulate in the diving competition is 37, well shy of North Allegheny's 88-point margin.
The actual state championship trophy will need to be delivered to North Allegheny. There was also no traditional championship victory plunge into the Kinney Natatorium pool at Bucknell. The victory plunge may have to be taken at their home pool. But it is still a state championship.
The 88-point margin of victory could have been larger had it not been a 400-freestyle relay disqualification. The North Allegheny 400 freestyle relay would have won the event and set a state record but officials ruled a disqualification.