Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Dream Team' Comes Together

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Dream Team' Comes Together

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In need of some gold jewelry, Stephanie Sipple awoke at 3 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. However, she wasn't looking for the best Black Friday deals.

Sipple, a senior at Penn Hills and a member of Greater Pittsburgh Aquatic Club, caught an early flight and joined a dream team of WPIAL swimmers on a training trip to Coronado (Calif.) High School for a packed slate of training and team building that the group expects to pay off in the form of WPIAL medals.

Sipple took silver in the 100-meter butterfly at last season's WPIAL championships. She's giving the extra effort she hopes will bump her up a step on the podium.

"I said, 'I'm going to do everything I can to be able to prove what I'm doing is working,'" said Sipple. "If I get the gold medal, it will all be worth it."

The trip to Coronado, which is located just outside of San Diego, was sponsored by Allegheny Mountain Swimming. Only 20 swimmers made the cut for AMS, which is comprised of 50 different local clubs throughout Western Pennsylvania. Spots were earned via power points tallied up by elite times.

The other members of the training trip included Torie Buerger (North Allegheny), Sophia Gaguzis (Seneca Valley), Abby Hay (Peters Township), Ann Juneau (North Allegheny), Abby Matheny (Upper St. Clair), Lauren McGrath (North Allegheny), Ella Ogden (North Allegheny), Mary Clare Smith (North Hills), Trinity Ward (Mt. Lebanon), Jack Fitzpatrick (Upper St. Clair), Isaiah Gregory (Penn Hills), Stephen Hopta (Peters Township), Eben Krigger (North Allegheny), Rick Mihm (North Allegheny), Nick Mudry (Upper St. Clair), Ryan Schonbachler (Pine-Richland), Jack Wright (North Allegheny), and Mason and Maxwell Gonzalez (North Allegheny).

AMS does a fall training trip annually. Past locations have been Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. …

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