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.