The Upper St. Clair boys swept all three relays at WPIALs two weeks ago, a remarkable feat considering the competition. The Panthers will now look for a repeat performance at states, which is an even taller order considering they must best North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon again while also fending off counterparts from the eastern part of the state.
"We swam well, we won the relays," coach Dave Schraven said of WPIALs. ""All three of our relays, we expect they will be competing to be state champions. That doesn't necessarily mean they will, but we will be in the mix.
The Panthers were sensational in relays. Ryan Dudzinski, Kevin Liu, Braedon Wong and Jake Johnsen won the 200 medley relay. Seniors Fynn Minuth, Patrick Lersch, Liu and Wong won the 400 freestyle relay and Dudzinski, Lersch, senior Tomos Williams and Minuth won the 200 freestyle relay.
Dudzinski will not be eligible to swim the 100 backstroke at states because of his disqualification at states but his individual loss is Upper St. Clair relay's gain. Dudzinski will swim three relays along with the 100 butterfly. Last year the Panthers took first, second and third in the three relays at states, winning the 400 freestyle relay. They graduated two relay participants, Alex Hardwick who is now swimming at Emory University and Nate Novak who is now swimming at Kenyon College.