Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny Adds to Its Legacy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny Adds to Its Legacy

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The North Allegheny swimming and diving dynasty is on the short list of greatest in WPIAL history among all sports. Thursday and Friday at Pitt's Trees Pool, the Tigers added to their now legendary status.

The North Allegheny boys won their fifth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team title with 442 points to outpace Mt. Lebanon, which finished with 295. It was the Tigers' 10th title in 11 years.

The North Allegheny girls made it eight consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team titles as they held off Mt. Lebanon, 348-313.5. The eight- year reign bests the previous program long of seven consecutive titles from 1989-95. The record for consecutive WPIAL Class AAA girls team titles belongs to Bethel Park with nine in a row from 1974-82.

The North Allegheny boys' depth was on display in the 200 freestyle where Mason Gonzalez, Eben Krigger and Jack Wright finished one, two and three and teammate Joel Songer was fifth. The Gonzalez brothers, Mason and Max, teamed with Wright and Krigger to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Mason Gonzalez erased North Hills' Brian Lovasik's year-old meet record of 45.02 in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.82. Andrew Zhang, Mason Gonzalez, Wright and Daniel Songer capped the championship with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

The girls were pushed perhaps the hardest they have been during this eight-year title reign. They did not win a relay and won only one individual event, Lauren McGrath in the 100 freestyle. The Tigers did it with their depth. They put multiple swimmers on the podium in the 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

ANOTHER TITLE DEFENSE

The Shady Side Academy girls followed up their first title in program history last year with another one this year.

The Indians came in as heavy favorites and totaled 291 points to win by more than 100 points. They won two of the three relays and placed three girls on the podium in the 200 IM, and two on the podium in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Carolina Colville, Heather Grune, Ashley Azzarello and Lindsey Grune won the 200 medley relay and Azzarello, Colville, Meredith Cummings and Grune won the 400 freestyle relay. …

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