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Swimming: Shady Side Academy girls capture first WPIAL crown

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Shady Side Academy boys swim team won ten WPIAL swimming and diving team titles from 2000 to 2010. In 2015, it was the girls turn. The Lady Indians won the WPIAL Class AA team title this year, the first in program, history. They tallied 288 points to finish ahead of Derry Area (196), Quaker Valley (186) and 2013 champion South Fayette (165). Defending champion West Allegheny moved up to Class AAA this year and the Shady Side Academy girls took advantage of the opportunity, sweeping all three relays to win in emphatic fashion.

Freshmen Jeanne Lauer and Heather Grune, sophomore Ashley Azzarello and junior Carolina Colville opened the meet by winning the 200 yard medley relay. It was a foursome of freshmen capturing the 200 freestyle relay win with Grune and Lauer joining fellow freshmen Meredith Cummings and Sasha Arefyev. The Indians made it three-for-three on relays when Azzarello, Cummings, Colville and Grune won the 400 freestyle relay.

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Alumni Update - Shaun Berry (Point Park)

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KENT, Ohio -- Point Park University men's indoor track and field competed Saturday at the Kent State Tune-up, and it was a couple of near-national meet qualifications from the Pioneers' triple jumpers that highlighted the day.

Shaun Berry, a freshman from Shady Side Academy, placed seventh in the triple jump, and they both narrowly missed qualifying for the NAIA indoor national championship meet.

Berry leaped for a school record of 13.94 meters to place seventh in the triple jump. Berry came up 6 centimeters (2.3 inches) short of qualifying.

Berry was also 17th in the high jump at 1.80 meters (5 feet, 10.75 inches).

 

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Swimming: Shady Side Academy primed for run at Class AA title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo proflies the Shady Side Academy swim team.

"The pieces are falling into place this year for the Shady Side Academy girls swimming team to make a run at a WPIAL Class AA title.

A seventh-place finisher a year ago, the Indians return four PIAA qualifiers from last season: senior Emily Jaffee, juniors Lindsey Miller and Carolina Colville and sophomore Ashley Azzarello.

To create even more of an opportunity, defending Class AA champion West Allegheny has moved up to Class AAA.

Shady Side Academy already won in a dual meet against last year's runner-up South Fayette."

 

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Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Meredith Cummings, Shady Side Academy

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Name: Meredith Cummings
High School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 9
Sport: Swimming

Background: Shady Side Academy freshman Meredith Cummings has burst on the scene this year and is a part of the best freshmen class of swimmers veteran coach John Landreth has ever seen. While Meredith Cummings is new to the program, the last name is a familiar one. Her older sister, Hillary Cummings, was a standout at the program and her name still adorns the record board. Cummings is part of a relay that owns the pool and team record in the 200 medley relay at Shady Side Academy.

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Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Shady Side Academy's Sasha Arefyev

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Sasha Arefyev
High School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 9
Sport: Swimming

Background: Some of the best distance freestyle showdown in WPIAL Class AA girls swimming are happening at Shady Side Academy practices. Shady Side Academy junior Caroline Colville, a defending WPIAL champion in the 200 freestyle, is being pushed by her new freshman teammate, Sasha Arefyev. Arefyev has emerged as one of the top young talents in the WPIAL this season.