Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

INJURY FORCES OAKLAND CATHOLIC STANDOUT TO MISS SEASON [Corrected 02/04/17]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

INJURY FORCES OAKLAND CATHOLIC STANDOUT TO MISS SEASON [Corrected 02/04/17]

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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on February 4, 2017.Abby Hay swims for Peters Township High School. A story Friday about WPIAL swimming listed an incorrect school for her.

A month from today the WPIAL Class 3A swimming finals will be contested at Pitt's Trees Pool, only Oakland Catholic senior Sarah Mautino won't be there.

While competing around Christmas 2015 she tore her right labrum but pushed through the pain and won the 100-yard backstroke and finished third in the 500 freestyle at the WPIAL finals in March. On July 28, she underwent surgery on her shoulder and, because it hasn't fully recovered, she has not competed this season and won't hit the pool in a last-ditch effort to get a qualifying time before the championships.

"I didn't think it would be that big of a deal because the recruiting part is done, but it's definitely hard to see like [Thursday] night was our senior night and I'm not going to be in that," Mautino said. "It's hard to see your hard work almost not pay off. It's definitely a struggle."

Mautino swam the 200 and 500 freestyles as a freshman, but switched over to the 100 backstroke her sophomore year and finished second to North Allegheny's Jacqueline Du in the WPIAL finals with a time of 56.58 seconds. Last year, she touched the wall in 56.06 to beat Mt. Lebanon's Trinity Ward by 0.24 second to win her first - and as it turns out only - individual title.

After several months of rehab, Mautino is back on her training regimen and swimming again. Though she has been medically cleared to compete, she has opted to err on the side of caution and not make the attempt to rejoin the Oakland Catholic team.

"I considered it but I don't think I would be in great enough physical shape," Mautino said. "It's not really worth the stress of it."

Though it was, inevitably, her decision to not take that chance and that she's not competing, Mautino is having difficulty coming to terms with the idea of her team heading to Pitt without her on March 2-3. …

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