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Swimming: Shady Side Academy fueled by sophomore class

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Shady Side Academy is coming off a season in which it won its first ever WPIAL girls swimming title. The team has strong upperclassmen like Carolina Colville and Ashley Azzarello, but coach John Landreth points to his sophomore class as being a catalyst toward the record-breaking year last season.

"The five sophomores were the impetus behind the huge improvement we had last year," Landreth said. "This year I think we have a great mixture, we have some fantastic top end swimmers. Lindsey Grune and Ashley Azzarello can potentially win some individual events at WPIALs. And we can place two kids in the top eight at WPIALs in most events and that is what it really takes to shine at a championship meet. We have a great mix of both power and depth."

That group of sophomores is Meredith Cummings, Jeanne Lauer, Sasha Arefyev and twin sisters Lindsey and Heather Grune.

The WPIAL title was the first in program history for the Indians. They beat out Derry Area by almost 100 points last year at WPIALs. Only one WPIAL qualifier from that team graduated.

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Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Shady Side Academy's Caroline Colville

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Name: Caroline Colville
High School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Shady Side Academy senior Caroline Colville is one of the top distance freestylers in the WPIAL. She was a major fixture in the Indians lineups last year at the WPIAL Class AA championships when the program captured its first ever WPIAL title. Individually, Colville took fourth and third place in her top two events, the 200 and 500-yard freestyle. Amazingly Colville has no school records at Shady Side Academy but looking back at some of the distance freestylers to come through the program, it is not that surprising. Colville will make a run at those records this year.

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Swimming: Shady Side Academy girls looking to defend first ever title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Last year came the first ever WPIAL title, now comes the first ever title defense. The Shady Side Academy girls swim team has experience, talent an depth that easily makes them the WPIAL favorite once again.

Coach John Landreth says his current team is "arguably the best girls team we have ever had."

The WPIAL title was the first in program history for the Indians last season. They beat out Derry Area by almost 100 points last year at WPIALs. Only one WPIAL qualifier from that team graduated.

"Everyone is a year older, everyone is a year stronger," Landreth said. "It is pretty exciting."

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Swimming: Shady Side Academy hopes to see its own records fall

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Shady Side Academy girls swim team.

"There is experience, talent and depth all around the Shady Side Academy girls swim team.

The Indians are the section favorites and WPIAL Class AA favorites.

There are seven swimmers already qualified for WPIALs and three or four more who are likely to achieve WPIAL times soon.

Coach John Landreth says his current team is "arguably the best girls team we have ever had.""

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Girls Tennis: Indians’ Dua joins select company in winning consecutive state titles

Written by Keith Barnes on .

 

Ananya Dua was cruising along, undefeated the final two years of her high school career, right before North Allegheny’s Anna Li stunned her in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships.

 

As it turned it out, it was also the only loss she suffered in her last two years at Shady Side Academy.

 

A week after she won the only match for Shady Side Academy in a 4-1 loss to North Allegheny in the PIAA Class AAA team finals, she came back and defended her state title, capping it with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory over Li in the championship match. It was the second consecutive year the two met in the finals.