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Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair’s Maddie Yoos

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Name: Maddie Yoos
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background: Upper St. Clair was hit by graduation on the girls side from last season but there are established veterans returning who hope to lead the Panthers at WPIALs. One of those returning upperclassmen with WPIAL experience is junior Maddie Yoos. She has thrived at the WPIAL meet and qualified for states as a freshman and a sophomore. At WPIALs, Yoos finished fourth in her signature event, the 100 yard breaststroke last season. She is also an important piece of the Upper St. Clair relays that took WPIAL silver last year.

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Swimming: Upper St. Clair relays vying for WPIAL podium positioning

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All three Upper St. Clair girls' relays had a silver lining at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season. The Panthers pushed North Allegheny to the brink but took second to the Tigers in all three relays. They were 1.87 seconds behind in the 200-yard medley relay, 1.65 seconds behind in the 200 freestyle relay and 3.25 seconds behind in the 400 freestyle relay. In the freestyle relays, Upper St. Clair was able to fend off section rival Mt. Lebanon in narrow finishes.

If Upper St. Clair wants to compete with North Allegheny for WPIAL gold in the relay and hold off the likes of Mt. Lebanon and Oakland Catholic, coach Dave Schraven will have to replace some important cogs in those relays.

Victoria Shaffer, Carly Olsakovsky and Carolyn Novak have all graduated. The trio all swam together on the 400 freestyle relay. Olsakovsky was also on the 200 medley relay and Shaffer and Novak were on the 200 freestyle relay.

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Swimming: Upper St. Clair not looking for silver lining this season

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Upper St. Clair swim team.

"All three Upper St. Clair girls relays had a silver lining at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season. The Panthers pushed North Allegheny to the brink but took second to the Tigers in all three relays.

They were 1.87 seconds behind in the 200-yard medley relay, 1.65 seconds behind in the 200 freestyle relay and 3.25 seconds behind in the 400 freestyle relay. In the freestyle relays, Upper St. Clair was able to fend off section-rival Mt. Lebanon in narrow finishes.

If Upper St. Clair wants to compete with North Allegheny for WPIAL gold in the relay and hold off the likes of Mt. Lebanon and Oakland Catholic, coach Dave Schraven will have to replace some important cogs in those events.

Victoria Shaffer, Carly Olsakovsky and Carolyn Novak have all graduated. The trio swam together on the 400 freestyle relay. Olsakovsky was also on the 200 medley relay and Shaffer and Novak were on the 200 freestyle relay."

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Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair’s Braedon Wong

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Name: Braedon Wong
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Braedon Wong is part of a senior duo along with Kevin Liu tasked with carrying an Upper St. Clair team that is trying to replace one of the best senior classes in WPIAL history from last year. Both Wong and Liu were state finalists last year. Wong swam the 100 yard butterfly and 100 backstroke at WPIALs and reached states in both events. He has already committed to swim at Cornell last year.

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Swimming: Big meets upcoming for Upper St. Clair

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As Upper St. Clair ramps up its training for the upcoming WPIAL and PIAA meet, the Panthers have two large dual meets that loom large. The first of those meets is against State College on February 6. Not much is riding on that meet but the Upper St. Clair boys and girls will get a good chance to see some of the better out of district swimmers.

"They are a good team," coach Dave Schraven said. "That will be a very good for the boys and the girls."

This is the third year the two programs will meet. The State College coach reached out to Schraven a few years ago to set up a home and away series. This year Upper St. Clair will travel to State College.

"They have a hard time finding competitive meets so I know they have reached out to a couple of teams to set up series. They also swim Hershey," Schraven said.