Going into the AA WPIAL Championships, expectations were high for Junior Karen Siddoway who was favored to win both the 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle events. Siddoway was the runner-up in both events last year and had the top times going into this year’s event. While many expected her to win, no one could have predicted that she would be able to distance herself so far from the competition. In the 200 Freestyle Final Siddoway maintained a small lead until the middle of the race and then began to pull away from the competition finishing over 6 seconds, and half a pool length ahead of the 2nd place finisher. She repeated this performance in the 100 Freestyle winning by nearly 3 seconds. In both events she posted personal best times and new team records while being the first swimmer in school history to earn 1st Place in an individual event at the WPIAL Championships.
While Siddoway was showing why she is one of the best swimmers in the state, the rest of the Girl’s Swim Team was determined to show that what was once thought of as a rebuilding year was actually a reloading year. The team earned a 6th place finish at last year’s WPIAL Championship and were expected to struggle getting into the top 10 again after graduating a large number of Seniors. This year’s team used a mix of veterans and new comers to finish in 7th place.
The team finished in the top 10 in each of the Relay Events with the team of Senior Ava Groll, Sophomore Angie Patarini, Freshman Carly Spahr and Siddoway setting a new team record in the 200 Freestyle Relay where they finished 5th. Groll, Patarini and Spahr teamed with Freshman Danica Raich to finish in 7th place in the 200 Medley Relay. The team also finished 7th in the 400 Freestyle Relay using a combination of Groll, Siddoway, Junior Brianna Nowka and Sophomore Kaylee Madey. In the individual events Spahr finished 12th in 100 Backstroke and 15th in the 100 Butterfly, Patarini finished 13th in the 100 Butterfly and 16th in the 100 Backstroke and Madey finshed 22nd in the 100 Freestyle.