The Northgate/Avonworth boys and girls loaded up their overnight bags and swim gear last week for their final meet of the 20-2021 high school swim season. The nine qualifying swimmers, along with coaches Jess McKelvey and Ray Coleman left Thursday afternoon for Cumberland Valley high school where the PIAA state championships were being held the following day.
The girls team represented by Danica Raich, Catrina Raich, Anna Neiss, Elise Nardozzi, and Kendall Mckelvey placed 9th overall in the competition. In the individual events, Elise Nardozzi placed 5th overall in the 100 free and 6th overall in the 200 free. Anna Neiss participated in the 50 free event where she placed 6th overall. The lady flame-a-lopes also competed in two relay events Friday morning. They placed 9th overall in the 200 freestyle relay and 7th overall in the 400 freestyle relay.
The boys team represented by Cooper Groll, Clark Bernauer, Matthew Purcell, and Zach Schuster placed 9th overall in the competition. In the individual events, Cooper Groll placed 4th overall in the 200 free event. Groll also swam in the 100 fly where he placed 5th overall. Matthew Purcell qualified for the 200 IM where he placed 9th overall, and the 100 backstroke event where he placed 10th overall. The relay events had the NGHS boys placing 6th overall in the 200 medley relay and 10th overall in the 400 freestyle relay.
Despite the unusual season, both the girls and boys finished the season as undefeated section champions. The girls won the WPIAL AA championship while the boys placed second in their WPIAL championships. Both the boys and girls placed 9th overall at the PIAA state championships. This year proved to be one of the toughest for everyone on the team but the accomplishments both the girls and boys teams earned shows they gave it their all and overcame great obstacles to earn every victory.
Written By: Daniel McKelvey