West Allegheny has been hosting a Christmas Invitational every year since 1998. This year, the 15th annual meet is expected to be the biggest yet. With 13 teams participating plus about a dozen independent swimmers, there are expected to be somewhere between 325 and 375 swimmers on hand, more than previous high of 290.
West Allegheny coach Bob Miller has been at the school since 1995. He began the Christmas meet in 1998. Over the last four years the meet has turned into a WPIAL Class AA girls championship preview with the prior four WPIAL champions, Oakland Catholic, West Allegheny (twice) and South Fayette, having won the West Allegheny Christmas meet as well.
Last year at WPIALs, the girls team standings went as follows: South Fayette, West Allegheny, Indiana and Blackhawk. All four of those teams will participate. Throw in Class AAA Seneca Valley and the meet has all the makings to be the largest and possibly the fastest.