Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Pleasant Girl Has Her Eyes on a Title

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Pleasant Girl Has Her Eyes on a Title

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Mount Pleasant senior Fallon Nelson has gone through all the prep work to win a WPIAL Class AA individual swimming title.

"You don't really think about it, but you just have to do it," Nelson said. "I was probably swimming around 7,000 yards a day during the height of the season and I had morning practices with 4,000 yards in the morning and another 7,000 after school at night, so it was like being a college swimmer."

Nelson plans on swimming in college, but she's not ready to make an announcement. Before that, though, she has to complete her high school career and will compete in the two-day WPIAL Class AA championship meet beginning today at Pitt's Trees Pool.

Nelson has had several solid performances at the WPIAL meet and has stood on the podium several times. What she has never done is climbed to the very top and claimed a gold medal as a champion.

She's been in the thick of things to be sure. Nelson finished fifth in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles as a freshman, dropped to sixth place her sophomore year, but came on with a pair of solid finishes a year ago.

Nelson opened the first day with a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.47 that gave her a third-place finish behind sophomores Caroline Colville of Shady Side Academy, who won with a 1:56.69, and Knoch's Abigail Jones, who just edged her out with a 1:57.42.

She then followed it up with a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle when she swam a 5:13.14 that, though it was well off the 5:00.24 title pace of Highlands freshman Bailey Bonnett, was still a personal best for her in the finals.

"I can't really compare myself to other swimmers and it was exciting to get third last year," Nelson said. "But I was never upset that I didn't win because I was proud of myself for getting to where I was. …

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