Pine-Richland's Kristen Murslack is PG's girls' sports Athlete of the Week

Written by Craig Meyer and Brad Everett on .

Last week: The Rams competed in a meet at North Hills last Thursday, and Murslack swam her "off" events but was happy with her times. Pine-Richland won the meet on the girls' side.

Check this out: Over the greater part of the past year, Murslack has established herself as one of the area's best high school swimmers. Last year, she finished first in the WPIAL in the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter breaststroke. She finished second in each of those events at the PIAA meet. She is the PIAA record-holder in the 100 breaststroke, breaking a record that was set in 2000. She has committed to swim next year at Auburn.

How did you get started swimming? My mom signed me up for swim lessons when I was 3. I got the hang of it and, by the time I was 5, I started club swimming. I've basically been swimming my whole life.

What are your goals for this season, both individually and as a team? Definitely for senior year, my goal is to win states. It would feel great to go out on top like that. For team, I would want us to place as high as possible for WPIALs and states.

Who do you expect will be your toughest competitors this year? Probably North Allegheny. They've always been an extremely deep team with a lot of good swimmers. They're definitely the team to beat. Individually, I'd say Steph O'Toole from Butler. It'll be a good race between us at WPIALs and states.

What's your favorite event to swim? Probably the 200 IM.

Why did you choose Auburn over the other schools pursuing you? I feel like everything they had to offer was exactly what I was looking for. It stood out from any other colleges I visited.

People would be surprised to know what about you? I'm a triplet.

What's the best movie you've seen recently? Probably "Pitch Perfect."