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WPIAL swimmers, divers earn All-America honors

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The National Insterscholastic Swimming Coaches Association announced its 2012-13 All-America list for swimmers and divers from the past high school season.
Below are the WPIAL competitors who were recognized as All-Americans for having times among the top 100 in the country.
Boys
200-yard medley relay (1:34.85 automatic): North Allegheny, 36th, (1:33.84) – Zachary Buerger, Casey Melzer, Greg Arnold, Max Staresinic; Peters Township, 97th, (1:35.28) – Dan Pletz, Chris Buzard, Kyle Higgins, Sebastian Yocca.
200 freestyle (1:39.61 automatic): Alex Hardwick, Upper St. Clair, 82nd, (1:39.96).
200 IM (1:51.57 automatic): Zachary Buerger, North Allegheny, 8th, (1:48.08).
50 free (:20.87 automatic): Erik Brinkhoff, Bethel Park, 79th, (:20.94); Alex Hardwick, Upper St. Clair, 86th, (:20.95).
Diving: Dominic Giordano, Pine-Richland.
100 fly (:49.79 automatic): Ryan Dudzinski, Upper St. Clair, 44th, (:49.30); Kyle Higgins, Peters Township, 95th (:50.11).
100 free (:45.57 automatic): Alex Hardwick, Upper St. Clair, 84th, (:45.79).
500 free (:4:30.83 automatic): Zachary Buerger, North Allegheny, 34th, (4:28.12); Sam Rutan, North Allegheny, 95th, (4:33.07).
200 free relay (1:25.46 automatic): Upper St. Clair, 38th, (1:24.86) – Alex Hardwick, Nathan Novak, Tomos Williams, Ryan Dudzinski.
100 backstroke (:50.32 automatic): Ryan Dudzinski, Upper St. Clair, 41st, (:49.69).
400 free relay (3:07.94 automatic): Upper St. Clair, 53rd (3:07.11) – Alex Hardwick, Nathan Novak, Nikhil Narayanan, Ryan Dudzinski; North Allegheny, 57th, (3:07.23) – Max Staresinic, Zachary Buerger, Greg Arnold, Sam Rutan; Bethel Park, 72nd, (3:07.93) – Mitchel Stahara, Zach Misak, Daniel Litwin, Erik Brinkhoff.
Girls
200-yard medley relay (1:46.54 automatic): North Allegheny, 10th, (1:43.38) – Jackie Du, Gabrielle Borza, Maggie Root, Arielle Krigger; Franklin Regional, 81st, (1:46.83) – Alyssa Ruffing, Samantha Tower, Rachel Barkey, Kaitlyn Ruffing; Latrobe, 97th, (1:47.19) – Madeleine Hoopes, Kayla Owens, Gina DeFrancesco, Monica Sowinski.
200 free (1:49.67 automatic): Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 5th, (1:45.52).
200 IM (2:03.36 automatic): Kayla Owens, Latrobe, 56th, (2:03.11).
50 free (:23.47 automatic): Katie Ford, Mt. Lebanon, 49th, (:23.35); Morgan Soulia, North Allegheny, 62nd, (:23.44).
Diving: Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley; Ashley Sams, Bethel Park.
100 fly (:55.39 automatic): Margaret Gruber, Mars, 13th, (:53.88).
100 free (:50.91 automatic): Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 35th, (:50.48); Morgan Soulia, North Allegheny, 54th, (:50.82).
500 free (4:52.74 automatic): Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 2nd, (4:36.41).
200 free relay (1:36.77 automatic): North Allegheny, 12th, (1:34.93) – Morgan Soulia, Jade Song, Kristen Bishop, Arielle Krigger; Mt. Lebanon, 40th, (1:36.03) – Ford Katie, Meghan Schilken, Veronica Bogdanski, Anna McGlade; Franklin Regional, 48th, (1:36.18) – Kaitlyn Ruffing, Megan Remaley, Julianna Carolla, Alyssa Ruffing; Oakland Catholic, 86th, (1:36.96) – Natalie Feola, Alexandra Elizeus, Peyton Kondis, Leah Smith.
100 backstroke (:55.76 automatic): Maggie Gruber, Mars, 19th (:54.15); Jackie Du, North Allegheny, 33rd, (:54.91); Katie Ford, Mt. Lebanon, 86th, (:56.13); Meghan Schilken, Mt. Lebanon, 89th, (:56.16).
100 breaststroke (1:03.94 automatic): Kayla Owens, Latrobe, 87th, (1:04.05).
400 free relay (3:30.14 automatic): North Allegheny, 19th, (3:26.55) – Morgan Soulia, Jade Song, Anna Seethaler, Jackie Du; Oakland Catholic, 52nd, (3:29.35) – Natalie Feola, Leah Smith, Alexandra Elizeus, Peyton Kondis; Latrobe, 73rd, (3:30.26) – Monica Sowinski, Madeleine Hoopes, Gina DeFrancesco, Kayla Owens.

Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation with 348 total honorees. California was first with 843.

For the complete list, visit http://www.inswim.net/allam13.html.

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