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Swimming: North Allegheny girls claim ninth straight WPIAL title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Over the past decade, the North Allegheny girls have made a habit of winning WPIAL championships. Lately, they have been making a habit of winning and supplying a little bit of drama. After dominating the competition earlier this decade with routine 100-plus point cushions of victory, lately North Allegheny's highly anticipated WPIAL titles have not been official until the final relay.

A year after edging Mt. Lebanon by 34.5 points to win the 2016 WPIAL Class AAA girls team title, their eighth consecutive championship, NA stretched out the margin of victory this year, by a half a point. North Allegheny got past the upstart Blue Devils by 35 points this season, 342-307.

The Tigers have now won nine consecutive WPIAL titles and 10 of the past 14. The nine consecutive WPIAL Class AAA titles tie Bethel Park (1974-82) for the most in the WPIAL's highest classification and they are closing in on Oakland Catholic, which won 11 in a row in Class AA from 2000-10, before moving up to Class AAA.

 

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Swimming: Deck stacked in North Allegheny’s favor at WPIALs

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On paper, the North Allegheny boys look like they are going to have another dominant performance at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. Luckily for the Tigers, in swimming, on paper and in the pool, generally show a strong correlation. The North Allegheny boys will enter the meet at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool March 2-3 with top seeds in the majority of the events.

The Tigers have the top seed in all three relays, the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. In addition, they have the top seed in a remarkable seven of the eight individual swimming events. North Allegheny's relay seed times are 1:37.78 in the 200 medley relay, 1:25.18 in the 200 freestyle relay and 3:07.76 in the 400 freestyle relay.

The 200 freestyle, the first event, will allow North Allegheny to set the tone. Senior Eben Krigger, freshman Rick Mihm and sophomore Jack Wright are seeded 1-2-3, a remarkable feat for any program. Junior Mason Gonzalez is top seed in the 50 freestyle (20.65), junior Andrew Zhang is tops in the 100 butterfly (51.35) and 100 backstroke (51.41), Gonzalez and Jack Wright are 1-2 in the 100 freestyle, Krigger and Mihm are 1-2 in the 500 freestyle, and sophomore Jerry Chen and junior Matthew Kuhn are 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke.

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Swimming: Buerger following in brothers' footsteps at North Allegheny

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer profiles Torie Buerger, who is a standout swimmer at North Allegheny.

2017 0224 NorthAllegheny GSwimming(Photo: North Allegheny freshman swimmer Torie Buerger poses for a portrait in the school pool before practice Monday in Wexford. Buerger comes from a family of fantastic swimmers, and in only ninth grade is considered the next great swimmer from the area. Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

"Sitting five feet away from lane 6, freshman Torie Buerger glanced across the pool at North Allegheny's banner boasting its swimming and diving records.

She sees her last name over and over — Z. Buerger, '13, 48:33. 100 back. Z. Buerger, '14, 1:45:64. 200 IM. Z. Buerger, '14, 44:18, 100 free.

"I see their records up there all the time," Buerger said, pointing at the wall that's running out of banner space. "I've always wanted to be up there."

Lane 6 is the first place she can ever remember swimming, around age 8, but she was in the water much earlier. As a little kid, she would swim 25s, or the length of the pool, back and forth, back and forth. Nice and slow, if her memory serves, though the people watching her remember it differently."

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Boys Soccer: North Allegheny's Luchini goes DI, commits to Lehigh

Written by Drew Karpen on .

When you know, you know. This is why North Allegheny junior forward/striker Josh Luchini has decided to verbally commit to Lehigh University.

The Mountain Hawks men’s soccer program compete at the Division I level in the Patriot League.

 

In three years at North Allegheny, Luchini has been named all-state, all-region, and all-region all-star. Luchini was also named to the Region 1 Olympic Development Program International 2000 team.