South Fayette had four top ten finishers at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships and three are cousins. Senior Stephen Zombek headlined the day by winning his second consecutive WPIAL diving championship with a score of 423.55. His twin brother Evan Zombek was not far behind with a score of 345.00 and teammate Trevor Mahoney took fifth place with a score of 326.30. The Zombek's cousin, Nate Petrow finished tenth for the Lions at the event at South Park. While South Fayette had three top five finishers and four top ten finishers, no other Class AA program had more than one top ten finisher. The Zombek twins and Mahoney now advance to the PIAA Championships at Bucknell University on March 12.
Name: Stephen Zombek
High School: South Fayette
Stephen Zombek repeated as WPIAL Class AA diving champion this season and once again he did it by edging Beaver Area's Micah Ringer who finished in second. Zombek improved on his WPIAL winning score from a year ago and stretched out his margin of victory. At the championships held at South Park, Zombek set a personal best with a score of 423.55, besting his score from 2013 of 353.25. He finished 51.15 points ahead of Ringer. The qualified Zombek for the PIAA championships at Bucknell University for the fourth consecutive year. Before winning his first WPIAL title last season, Zombek took second and fifth during his sophomore and freshman year.
Name: David Ewing
High School: South Fayette
Background: David Ewing is emerging as one of the stronger distance freestylers in WPIAL Class AA. He generally competes in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle in dual meets. In a recent dual meet against a strong Hopewell team, Ewing took third in the 200 freestyle (2:06.48) and he pulled off a nice surprise with a win in the 500 freestyle (5:35.29). Earlier in the season in a dual meet against Class AAA Canon-McMillan, Ewing took second in the 500 freestyle behind teammate, Nate Petrow. Against Hopewell, it was Ewing improving on his time by over 12 seconds and finishing ahead of Petrow.
While one of its biggest challengers was getting ready for the WPIAL Championships by competing in the MAC Championships, South Fayette was getting prepared for WPIALs by going up against a strong Hopewell team. South Fayette and West Allegheny have combined to win the prior three WPIAL Class AA girls team titles and this year the Lions and Indians look prepared to do battle again. South Fayette edged West Allegheny 252-222.5 last year and this year it may be even closer.
South Fayette looked strong in a recent dual meet win against Hopewell, 96-67. The usual suspects led the Lions with Maddie Bartrug and Sydney Briner leading the way. Coach Matt Tucker placed Bartrug and Briner on different 200-yard medley relay teams to start the event, it worked out to the Lions' benefit with Bartrug along with Sarah Hertzler, Breauna Franklin and Tiana Marrese placing first and Briner, Sophia Hestad, Jocelyn Colussy and Faith Ruehle placing second.
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles South Fayette diver Stephen Zombek. Click here to read his story.
"Since he began competing during his freshman year of high school, the diving ability of South Fayette's Stephen Zombek has always been evident.
In dual meets where divers perform six dives, it is easy to see his talent.
That talent becomes even more evident at invitationals where divers perform 11 dives.
Zombek, a senior, shines the brightest on the big stage. Last year he won the WPIAL Class AA diving championship, the first in program history. This season at the Big Six Meet at Central York High School, Zombek finished first in the six-team event with a score of 254.30, breaking his own pool record from last season. Zombek also won the diving competition at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational in December."