Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Zach Buerger [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Zach Buerger [Derived Headline]

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Zach Buerger

North Allegheny

Last week: Buerger won the 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last weekend at Bucknell University.

Check this out: Buerger, a junior, didn't just shine individually this season, but he also played a key role for the North Allegheny boys team, which won the WPIAL Class AAA championship and placed fourth in the PIAA championship. Buerger has two brothers who swim collegiately. Jon is a junior at Virginia, and Matthew is a freshman at Notre Dame.

* What's your favorite event? Definitely the IM.

* Do most swimmers at your level have a favorite pool where they like to swim? Yeah. I would say so. My favorite would be Pitt's [Trees Pool] because I've swum there so much. But I also like Bucknell, too.

* Your coach, Corky Semler, is retiring. How special was it to be a part of his final team? It was very special. It gave our teams [boys and girls] more motivation because it was his last year. We needed to send him out on a good note. The stuff he has accomplished is incredible.

* What is the farthest you have travelled for a meet? I went to California for juniors at Stanford.

* Sport you would want to play if you didn't swim? If I could skate, I would play ice hockey.

* Who will win the NCAA basketball tournament? I would probably take Indiana.

* What's the perfect sandwich? It would definitely be the capicola and cheese from Primanti Brothers.

* Who are some of the celebrities you follow on Twitter? I think the only celebrity I follow is Tiger Woods.

* If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? I think I would just choose to go to Hawaii. I'd just lay out on the beach, relax, and do some surfing.

-- By Brad Everett

Leah Smith

Oakland Catholic

Last week: Smith nearly broke a national record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA swimming championships, finishing in 4:36. …

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