Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

W. Allegheny Is Working to Repeat

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

W. Allegheny Is Working to Repeat

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During a memorable 2010-11 swimming season, the only things the West Allegheny High School girls' swimming team did not win was a dual meet against Peters Township and a PIAA Class AA team championship.

The Indians had to settle for a state silver medal and one loss on its final record.

"The only two blemishes on our record was our loss to Peters Township [a Class AAA program] and then we finished second at the state tournament," veteran West Allegheny swim coach Bob Miller said.

Not that a state silver medal is a blemish, but Miller's point was noted.

This season, West Allegheny scored a season-opening dual-meet victory against Peters Township, 104-82.

"Those two blemishes were the things we are trying to fix and I told the team [after the Peters Township meet], we are halfway there," Miller said.

The West Allegheny girls return nine swimmers who qualified for the WPIAL championships last season, making them the clear-cut team to beat in the WPIAL and a contender to add a PIAA team championship to their medal haul over the past few seasons.

"We are a really solid team," Miller said. "A majority of the kids are training as hard as they have ever trained. We are pretty excited about this season."

Last season at the WPIAL championships West Allegheny scored 314 points to edge Shady Side Academy (287), Blackhawk (194) and South Fayette (182).

"I would still think we are the [WPIAL] favorite but that doesn't mean you are going to win anything," Miller said. "South Fayette will pose a very good match for us. They have some very, very good depth over there and we will see what happens."

At the PIAA championships last year, Villa Maria Academy of Erie edged West Allegheny, 178.5 to 159.

"At the state level we would love to be healthy and take another shot at Villa Maria," Miller said.

The Indians' biggest graduation attrition was that of Kellie Gervas. …

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