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Swimming: Peters Township boys crack top 10 in state rankings

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It may have come as somewhat of a surprise two weeks ago when Peters Township edged Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Hempfield to finish in second place in the WPIAL Class 3A team standings. It was no surprise this week when Peters Township cracked the top 10 of the team standings at the PIAA Class 3A championships.

With diving still pending and all swimming events completed, the Indians are in ninth place with 88 points, second most among all WPIAL teams, behind only state champions North Allegheny.

The standings are not official yet as diving has been postponed as part of rescheduling due to the winter storm that wreaked havoc with the schedule. That winter storm though was not able to quell momentum from this Peters Township team that is having its best season of the decade.

Their 200-medley relay finished seventh with juniors Paul Luniewski and Stephen Hopta joined by seniors John Martin and Mike Kehm. Kehm earned further points for Peters Township with his 11th place finish in the 50 freestyle and 16th place finish in the 100 freestyle. The top 16 finishers earn points for their team. The 200-freestyle relay capped the first day of the event with another high finish as Kehm, seniors Benon Brewer, Mitch Golias and Jake Rose placed fifth.

On day two, Hopta medaled with an eighth-place finish in the 100 backstroke and their 400-freestyle relay with Hopta, Rose, Brewer and Golias took ninth place to add 18 more points to the team total.