Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foxes Swim with Fast Crowd

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foxes Swim with Fast Crowd

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The Fox Chapel Area High School girls swimming team has torpedo- like speed.

Junior Sia Beasley and senior Anna Mucci are using theirs to build a new 200-yard medley relay team.

Flash back to March's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Beasley and Mucci along with Madeleine Souza and the graduated Carly Jones had notched a sixth place in the WPIAL to qualify for the state championship meet. Their WPIAL time was 1:50.32.

At the state meet, the four girls bobbed, thrashed and pulled their way through the preliminaries. Beasley also competed in the 200-yard freestyle event after the relay race. But coach Todd Clark gathered Souza, Mucci, and Jones together for some bad news.

"We actually got disqualified in the prelims," said Mucci, who explained the disqualification was due to a false start.

"It was a little crushing," Mucci added. "We were a little bit upset to say the least. But we'll use it as motivation for the rest of the year."

Beasley heard the news from Clark by herself.

"It was upsetting," she said. "We would have been in the finals and for those you get to be on TV.

"Everyone was upset, but we just got over it and had a really good time."

The Foxes swam through the summer and fall. Mucci and Beasley both swim for the Fox Chapel Killer Whales, a club in the Allegheny Mountain Swimming division of USA Swimming.

Madeleine Souza has made the decision not to swim her senior year, and Carly Jones graduated. This left Mucci, Beasley and Clark with the task of putting together a whole new relay.

"We have a good sophomore, Frannie Dean," said Beasley. "She had a really good summer -- breaststroke is really her thing. We don't have a lot of breaststrokers on our team but Frannie is very, very good."

Mucci has also given Beasley and Clark plenty of helpful input on how to fill the two "open" spots of the relay.

"We have some really strong sophomores we're probably going to use," she said. …

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