Two boy swimmers captured first place at the WPIAL championship.
Upper St. Clair High School is sending nine boys and nine girls to the PIAA swim meet Thursday, according to athletic director Matthew Mellinger. The 18 students qualified for the state competition following a strong showing in the WPIAL championship. Two boys finished in first place. Ryan Dudzinski won both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Alex Hardwick captured the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. Dudzinski and Hardwick's wins helped push the boys' swim team to second place in the WPIAL championship. The girls' team also swam away with an impressive finish—coming in third place.
A total of 16 swims were top 16 times in the state at the intense dual meet.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The swimming and diving teams hosted a dual meet with Section 5 rival on Thursday, Feb. 9—the fastest ever held at the high school. The girls team defeated Peters and the boys team lost. By the end of the competition 14 records fell—10 pool records and 4 team records. Of the 104 swims, 89 were WPIAL Championship qualifying swims and 49 of the 52 USC swims were WPIAL qualifying swims. The USC girls started the meet by breaking the team and pool records by more than five seconds, a record set just last year. The swim was the fourth fastest reported in the state this year. The next great swims came in the 200 Freestyle. Victoria Shaffer (USC) won the girls event with a personal best that ranks her 14th in the state. Alex Hardwick followed …