Josh Matheny of Upper St. Clair led the list of area swimmers garnering All-America honors from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. The rising junior ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 52.52.

Matheny recorded that mark while winning the event at the PIAA championships held this spring at Bucknell University. Not only did the time shatter the state record, it also broke the National Federation of High Schools mark. The time is also a school record for Matheny, who is a two-time WPIAL and state champion in the breaststroke.

Matheny, who swims for Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics Club, also earned All-America status for in the 200 IM. His time of 1:49.00 ranks 40th in the nation and was good enough for a fourth-place medal at the PIAA championships.

Jack Fitzpatrick joined Matheny on the All-America roster. The USC graduate and rising freshman at Notre Dame University placed eighth in the 100 yard backstroke and 17th in the 200 IM with marks of 46.67 and 1:47.70, respectively.

Fitzpatrick was the state runner-up in the backstroke and bronze medalist in the IM. He holds the USC record for the IM.

Matheny and Fitzpatrick also gained recognition for their efforts on USC’s 200 medley and 400-free relays. Reese Samuel, who will swim at Howard University this winter, joined the duo on both relays.

Rising sophomore Ryan Senshychak completed the medley unit while Graham Kretschmar rounded out the free relay. He will attend the University of Florida this fall.

USC’s medley relay ranked 10th in the nation with a 1:30.67 time. The foursome captured a PIAA title. The free relay team ranked 92nd with a 3:07.21 time. The grouping placed sixth at states.

Mt. Lebanon’s Trinity Ward grabbed individual titles as well as All-America status with the school’s medley relay.

The rising freshman at the University of Kentucky captured four WPIAL tiles and two PIAA championships in the 100 butterfly.

Ward also combined withHannah Morelli, Maddie Dorish and Sophia Donati, who will swim at Bucknell this winter. Lebo’s medley relay won the district and state championships and posted the No. 26 mark in the nation with a 1:43.04 time.

Lebo’s 200 free relay team of Ward, Donati, Dorish and Meredith Reese also were recognized as was Dorish, individually, in the 100 breast. Dorish and the free relay both ranked 77th with respective times of 1:03.02. and 1:35.77.

Two other members of PEAQ, which swims out of Chartiers Valley High School pool and Scott Park, joined the ranks of All-America.

Ian Shahan posted the 49th best time (48.83) in the nation for the 100 fly and the 93rd best time (45.39) in the 100 free. Both are Belle Vernon Area records. A rising junior, Shahan won state championships as well as WPIAL titles in each event during the scholastic swim season.

Karen Siddoway gained All-America laurels for the 100 and 200 free events with times of 50.36 and 1:49.08. She was the PIAA Class AA champion in each race. The Northgate graduate will swim for James Madison University.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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