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PR Swimmers Make Waves in WPIAL Championships

Rams girls finish sixth overall.

Pine-Richland sophomore Kristen Murslack claimed a pair of gold medals to help lift the Rams girls to a sixth-place finish with 138 points at the WPIAL Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships that ended Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

“Overall, it was a very good meet,” Pine-Richland coach Pete Barry said. “Everybody was either at, or way below, their lifetime best times.”

The Pine-Richland boys finished 18th with 29 points in the event won by the Upper St. Clair boys with 295.5 points. It marked USC’s first AAA title since 1973.

On the girls side, no team came within 100 points of North Allegheny, which won its third straight title with 393 points.

However, the Pine-Richland girls made a very competitive showing, finishing ahead of highly respected swimming programs like Hempfield (127 points), Mount Lebanon (122), Seneca Valley (97) and Fox Chapel (95).

“Our girls had a good meet and they all stepped up,” Barry said. “The boys also had a good meet, even though we didn’t get anyone out to states (in addition to diver Dominic Giordano).”

Kristen Murslack won the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday in 2:04.69, then added the 100 breaststroke title Friday with a 1:03.77 finish. She won her second consecutive 200 IM title, while adding the 100 breastroke title, which eluded her last season at the WPIALs.

The final list of swimmers who qualify for the state meet at Bucknell University in Lewisburg won’t be released until Sunday because it is based on times from across the region.

Barry said that in addition to Kristen Murslack, Giordano, and Gold Medal-winning diver Lauren Lamendola, it’s highly likely that Allison Murslack also will qualify to represent the Rams in the PIAA championships.

Allison Murslack, also a sophomore, captured a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 500 freestyle (5:06.43) and the 200 freestyle (1:53.83) to add a combined 30 points to the team total.

Also on Friday for Pine-Richland, sophomore Allie Sanzi finished 17th in the 500 freestyle in 5:14.56, and junior Larsen Engberg took 23rd in 5:24.49. The Rams girls 400 freestyle relay team (Allison Murslack, sophomore Lydia Sargent, Engberg, Kristen Murslack) finished tenth in 3:38.80. Sargent also finished 15th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.78.

On the boys side Friday, senior Graham Fennell finished 29th in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.12. In the 100 breaststroke, Eamon Trebilcock took 19th in 1:03.39 and Matt Jackson was 32nd in 1:06.90. And in the 400 freestyle relay, Trebilcock, sophomore Chris Wattenpool, Fennell and senior Adam Mobley combined to finish 17th in 3:28.59.

In Thursday’s events, Pine-Richland took 18th in the girls 200 medley relay as senior Rebecca Mobley, junior Amy Carto, Engberg and Sanzi combined to finish in 1:58.62.

Sargent took 18th in the 50 freestyle in 25.07. In the 100 butterfly, Engberg was 12th in 59.77 and Mobley was 30th in 1:03.37. Mobley also took 34th in the 200 IM in 2:20.87.

The Rams girls 200 freestyle relay captured seventh, with Sargent, Sanzi, and Allison and Kristen Murslack combining for a 1:39.64 finish.

In boys events on Thursday, Adam Mobley finished 15th in the 100 butterfly in 56.03 and senior Paul Schreiber was 25th in 57.19. Trebilcock took 16th place in the 200 IM in 2:01.88.

In the boys relays, Pine-Richland was 12th in the medley relay (Schreiber, Jackson, Mobley, Trebilcock) in 1:44.53, and the 200 freestyle relay (Mobley, sophomore Chris Wattenpool, Schreiber, senior Graham Fennell) took 21st place in 1:36.00.

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