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Swimming: West Allegheny steps up a class, finishes in top 10

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Repeating as WPIAL champions was essentially out of the question for the West Allegheny girls swimming and diving team when they heard the news they would be moving from Class AA to Class AAA this season. The Indians had won two of the past three WPIAL Class AA team titles. In their first year in Class AAA, West Allegheny was not overwhelmed. The Indians placed tenth in a very competitive field. West Allegheny totaled 71 points to place tenth just ahead of Hampton (67) and North Hills (62) and just behind Seneca Valley (75).

Two West Allegheny relays placed in the top ten, starting with the 200 yard medley relay swam by sophomores Jessica Wasek, Kaylee Musiol and Nicole Kadlecik and junior Hannah Charlton. In the 200 freestyle relay, senior Casey Tokarski, Kadlecik, Charlton and Musiol placed eighth.

Individually, Charlton swam the 100 butterfly in 58.69 to place seventh and Musiol was not far behind, placing 11th with a time of 59.17.

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Hockey: Indians to play Latrobe in first round

Written by Keith Barnes on .

West Allegheny has one game remaining in the regular season, a showdown with rival Moon, but no matter what happens the Indians postseason fate is already sealed.

 

At the end of that game, West Allegheny will enter the PIHL Class AA tournament as the No. 5 team out of the Western Conference and will play Eastern Conference No. 4 Latrobe at a neutral site at a date and time to be determined.

 

Latrobe won the only regular season game between the two, 2-1.

 

This will be an interesting matchup for both teams as each has an all-star goaltender, West Allegheny with Anthony Dominick and Latrobe with Timothy Ruppen, that key solid defenses that belie their finish in the standings.

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Swimming: West Allegheny girls dominate MAC meet

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There was plenty of drama in individual races and relays but when it came to the MAC girls swimming and diving team title race, the Indians put things out of reach relatively early. When it was all said and done, coach Bob Miller's team totaled 456 points to capture the title and finish well ahead of defending champion Blackhawk, who scored 279. West Allegheny entered the swimming portion of MACs with 33 points under its belt already thanks to divers, junior Megan Wurst, freshman Mara Ojeda and senior Sarah Davis. They would only proceed to add more and more to that total during the swimming events.

The Indians set the tone in the first swimming event, winning the 200 medley relay by one second with the foursome of sophomores Jessica Wasek and Kaylee Musiol, junior Hannah Charlton and senior anchor Kiera Acitelli. West Allegheny got contributions from all classes. Sophomore Julia Snodgrass took fifth in the 500 and 200 freestyle and freshman Hannah Cook was seventh in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200. Wasek and Charlton finished 2-3 in the 200 IM. Wasek won the 100 backstroke and Josey was right behind her in second. Sophomore Nicole Kadlecik was second and senior Casey Tokarski was fifth in the 50 freestyle. Musiol won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 100 breaststroke.

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Swimming: West Allegheny ready for step up in pool

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Keith Barnes profiles the West Allegheny swimming team.

"After Oakland Catholic won its 11th consecutive WPIAL Class AA girls swimming team title in 2010, the Eagles were swept up and sent packing to Class AAA.

Almost immediately, West Allegheny stepped into the void as the Indians won three of the next four Class AA girls championships.

Then the same fate befell them.

This year, instead of defending its Class AA team title in the two-day WPIAL individual and team championships that begin today at Pitt's Trees Pool, West Allegheny will hit the blocks along with Oakland Catholic and compete for the Class AAA crown for the first time. And the team is well aware that, along with the change in classification, adjustments had to be made to the team's expectations."

 

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Hockey: Struggling Indians get much needed break

Written by Keith Barnes on .

West Allegheny is a sure thing to make the PIHL Class AA playoffs, but the Indians are not helping themselves of late as far as improving their seeding.

 

After coming off a week in which it defeated Fox Chapel and tied a highly regarded Armstrong squad, West Allegheny (5-9-1) inexplicably dropped a 6-3 decision to a Chartiers Valley squad that had won only one game all season – against a one-win Norwin squad – then lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to defending champion Bishop Canevinon Monday.

 

About the only good news is that the Indians have a two-week break before they travel to North Hills, the team right above them in the standings, for a key Western Conference matchup. West Allegheny is currently locked into the fifth and final postseason spot out of the conference.