Swimming North Allegheny generally does not bring out many wins but it does bring out the best in opposing swimmers. No team in the state can push another team quite like North Allegheny. It's section rival Shaler Area knows that very well and in a recent dual meet a pair of Titan swimmers were pushed to their limits, junior Nate Porter and sophomore Dillon Brown. The duo embraced the challenge against the Tigers.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Porter swam a 1:49.03 to finish second place behind North Allegheny senior Sam Rutan (1:46.05). Porter's time was well below the WPIAL-qualifying requirement of 1:55.00. Brown posted a second-place finish of his own with a WPIAL-qualifying time of his own in the 200 IM. Brown swam a 2:05.68 to finish behind North Allegheny junior Casey Melzer (2:01.40). Both were easily below the WPIAL cut of 2:11.50.
Porter matched up once again with Rutan and in an even closer race, Porter took second place again in the 100 freestyle. Rutan (49.68) edged Porter (50.06) by 0.38 seconds in the event. Brown saved his best individual swim for last. He won the 500 freestyle with a 5:03.01, out touching North Allegheny senior Gabe Gaspar (5:04.33).