IHS swimmers compete at the 2022 WPIAL Championship

By ELLEN SPEER

On March 3-4 2022 the 2022 Swimming and Diving WPIAL Championship was held at Pitt Trees Pool. The IHS swimmers that were competing were Leah Amsler, Peyton Scott, Ella Mosco, Ellen Speer, Hadley Long, Hunter Fanella, Maggie Bennett, Joey Margita, Matthew Blystone, Lucy Powers, Abby Killam, Abby Griffith, Gianna Bracken, Rey Nunez, Evan Speer, Hagen Jones, Preston Kessler, Wesley Bennett, and Alex Bauer.

 

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Freshman Peyton Scott placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200 yard IM.

Freshman Preston Kessler stated “I would give most of the credit to my practices all season, I’ve been working pretty hard this season to achieve some pretty high goals and hard work is definitely something that’s required to reach them. But even on the less physical side of things, mental preparation was a giant part of my success at WPIALS. I went into the weeks before the meet nervous out of my mind but I just got mentally prepared with my family and team to do well. We’ve been practicing all season for this and I will definitely be spending a big portion of my week just thinking through my swims and thinking about the experience as a whole to just get mentally prepared.”

Kessler placed first in both of his individual events, being the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard free. 

Sophomore Alex Bauer placed second in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200 yard IM. 

IHS worked hard for this all season and it showed in the pool at WPIALS. Overall the boys team placed 8th out of 36 teams. The girls placed 7th out of 36 teams.

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