wpial champs

The Shady Side Academy girls swimming team won its fourth straight WPIAL team title, dominating the 2017-2018 WPIAL Class AA Championships at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool on March 1-2, 2018. The SSA girls won gold medals in three events and earned 11 other medals for top eight finishes, finishing with 287 team points, or 21 points ahead of second-place Indiana. The SSA boys team placed sixth overall with 137 team points, winning a gold medal on one event and earning three other medals for top eight finishes.

The girls gold medalists were: senior Lindsey Grune in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.90; the 200 freestyle medley team of seniors Sasha Arefyev, Heather Grune and Lindsey Grune and sophomore Maya Groff with a time of 1:39.54; and the 400 freestyle relay team of seniors Meredith Cumminings, Arefyev, Heather Grune and Lauer with a time of 3:36.86.

Additional girls' medalists (top 8 finishers) included:

2nd place in 200 medley relay: Later, Groff, Cummings, L. Grune - 1:48.49
2nd place in 100 freestyle: Cummings and L. Grune - 53.02 (tie)
2nd place in 500 freestyle: Arefyev - 5:14.06
3rd place in 100 butterfly: Cummings - 58.67
4th place in 200 freestyle: Arefyev - 1:58.45
4th place in 100 breaststroke: Groff - 1:07.91
5th place in 200 IM: Lauer - 2:14.09
5th place in 100 butterfly: H. Grune - 59.40
5th place in 100 breaststroke: H. Grune - 1:08.92
7th place in 500 freestyle: Lauer - 5:24.94

Winning gold for the boys was the 200 free relay team of seniors Christian Taylor and Sevryn Napora and juniors Nick Lauer and Adrian Beckford with a time of 1:29.30.

Additional boys' medalists (top 8 finishers) included:

5th place in 200 medley relay: Taylor, Napora, junior Will Engel, Beckford - 1:40.45
8th place in 200 freestyle: Lauer - 1:50.76
8th place in 400 freestyle relay: Lauer, sophomore Sean Kelley, Beckford, Taylor - 3:22.53

Congratulations to the girls' team on bringing home its fourth WPIAL title, and to all of the swimmers who competed at WPIALs, as well as Head Coach John Landreth. Good luck at states!

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