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Swimming: West Feature Athlete - West Allegheny's Megan Wurst

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Name: Megan Wurst
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Diving

Background: West Allegheny junior diver Megan Wurst has proven herself on some of the biggest stages this season. A returning WPIAL qualifier, Wurst is one of the top divers in the area. Last year at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships, Wurst was one of the best. She finished seventh with a score of 339.65. This year Wurst and the Indians moved up to Class AAA. Despite the move up in classification, Wurst still figures to be a PIAA hopeful at the event. At the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational, Wurst placed second in the field of 12 divers. She scored a 246.85 to finish just behind Quaker Valley sophomore Reilly Diggins (256.60). At the Big Six meet at Central York on January 17, Wurst won the diving competition. She scored a 252.90 to overcome Central York's Courtney Seitzinger who entered as the top seed.

 

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Swimming: West Allegheny girls capture another invitational title

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Less than one month after capturing the team title at their own Christmas Invitational, the West Allegheny girls traveled to Central York High School and won the Big Six meet, outlasting South Fayette, the second-place finisher at the Christmas Invitational also, and the hosts. The Indians totaled 483 points to take the team title, just edging South Fayette (471) and Central York (455) and also beating Boiling Springs (295), Scranton Prep (203) and Lancaster Catholic (159). West Allegheny was able to overcome two second-place finishes in relays to South Fayette by getting strong individual swims and plenty of depth.

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Swimming: West Allegheny's Kehl adds name to Big Six meet record book

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One of the best distance freestylers in the state over the last four seasons, West Allegheny's Jarod Kehl has set records in the 200 and 500 freestyle all around Western Pennsylvania. Now Kehl has his name on a few record books in Central Pennsylvania as well. The annual Big Six meet at Central York High School has been one of Kehl's favorite meets of the season. Held every January the meet brings together two of the top WPIAL teams, West Allegheny and South Fayette, with the likes of Central York, Scranton Prep, Lancaster Catholic and Boiling Springs. Kehl, a University of Kentucky recruit, set the meet record in the 500 freestyle last season when he swam it in 4:37.66. This year Kehl once again won the event but he was unable to improve on his record. He finished with a time of 4:39.20 which was over 20 seconds faster than the next closest competitor.

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Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Michael Kocher, West Allegheny (2015)

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Name: Michael Kocher
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Swimming

Background: West Allegheny sophomore Michael Kocher is part of a strong tenth-grade class that is making up a key part of the West Allegheny team this year. Kocher and his teammates took second place at their Christmas Invitational, losing to Grove City by only five points. In that event Kocher led off a third-place 200 medley relay. He also finished third in the 200 IM and had his best swim of the day in the 100 backstroke that he won with a time of 55.81, over three seconds faster than the next closest competitor. Kocher also anchored West Allegheny's 400 freestyle relay that finished in third.

 

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Swimming: West Allegheny grad excels at Akron

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One of the best distance freestylers in the WPIAL during her four-year high school career, West Allegheny alum Kara Kaulius is now one of the best distance freestylers on the University of Akron women's swim team. As a freshman last season, Kaulius had the second-fastest time on the team in the 500 freestyle (4:58.43), 1650 freestyle (16:58.62) and 400 IM (4:31.01). In her first Mid-American Conference Championships, Kaulius placed 11th in the 1650 freestyle. This season Kaulius enjoyed a breakout meet at the University of Akron's 2014 Zippy Invitational in December. The meet that featured 10 women's team was held at Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.