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Middle School Swim Team Dominates Invitational to Cap Super Season

Victory is sweeter when it comes in double doses. Just ask the boys and girls of the Northgate/Avonworth MS Swim Team, who hoisted their respective First Place Trophies above the crowd of swimmers gathered at the South West Conference Invitational, hosted by West Allegheny High School this past weekend. The event was the finale for the nine middle school swim teams of the conference, and a testament to the strength of swimming in Northgate/Avonworth territory. 

Capping off an outstanding season, Northgate/Avonworth outscored all opponents, including two (South Fayette and Moon Area) whose high school teams compete in a higher classification (AAA vs. AA). Our boys scored 306 points, with second place Moon Area logging 247. Our girls scored 276, with West Allegheny earning 242. In another great team effort, our swimmers won all four relays. Even better, every single member of our team chipped in crucial points toward the victory. 
 
Northgate/Avonworth garnered 27 medals and a slew of ribbons (4th-8th Place), including:
  • 200 Girls Medley Relay - Gold (4), JoAnn Cook, Addison Hase, Lydia Kilpela, Rachel Buzzard. 2:05.04
  • 200 Boys Medley Relay - Gold (4), Liam Joyce, Mohamed Abouwafia, Nate Parker, Greyson McKelvey. 1:56.96
  • Girls 200 Freestyle - Silver, JoAnn Cook. 2:03.08 
  • Boys 200 Freestyle - 4th Place, Billy Petrina, 2:29.84 / 6th Place, Bavly Naklah, 2:37.92 / 7th Place, Jake Schmiedlin, 2:41.10 
  • Girls 100 Individual Medley - Silver, Rachel Buzzard, 1:07.19 / 6th Place, Kaitlyn Klaum, 1:13.52
  • Boys 100 Individual Medley - Gold, Greyson McKelvey, 1:04.13 / Silver, Nate Parker, 1:06.14 
  • Girls 50 Freestyle - Silver, Lydia Kilpela, 28.20 
  • Boys 50 Freestyle - Silver, Liam Joyce, 24.88 
  • Girls 50 Butterfly - Gold, JoAnn Cook, 29.04 
  • Boys 50 Butterfly - Silver, Greyson McKelvey, 27.59 / 7th Place, Matthew Ehmann, 35.58 
  • Girls 100 Freestyle - Silver, Rachel Buzzard, 59.85 / 5th Place, Addison Hase, 1:01.78 
  • Boys 100 Freestyle- 4th Place, Liam Joyce, 55.74
  • Boys 50 Backstroke - 4th Place, Billy Petrina, 35.17
  • Girls 50 Backstroke - Silver, Lydia Kilpela, 33.39 / 8th Place, Jameson Conway, 40.07
  • Boys 50 Breaststroke - Bronze, Nate Parker, 32.84 / 6th Place, Mohamed Abouwafia, 38.08
  • Girls 50 Breaststroke - 5th Place, Kaitlyn Klaum, 37.69 / 6th Place, Addison Hase, 37.91
  • Girls 200 Freestyle Relay - Gold (4), JoAnn Cook, Addison Hase, Lydia Kilpela, Rachel Buzzard. 1:51.81
  • Boys 200 Freestyle Relay - Gold (4), Liam Joyce, Mohamed Abouwafia, Nate Parker, Greyson McKelvey. 1:44.80 *
Although their names are not listed above, the margins of victory would have been much tighter without the valuable points earned by these swimmers: Brooke Dickey, Olivia Robertson, Caleb Spahr, Carter Spahr and Jeremy White. 

In addition to all the points, ribbons, medals and trophies, the team added another feather in the cap: Setting a new South West Conference Invitational Meet record in the Boys 200 Freestyle Relay. 

For this remarkable season, parents and swimmers thank Head Coach Terry Benson and her dedicated staff of volunteer assistant coaches (all students), including Jack Blaser, Isaac Stoeckle and Kendall McKelvey. 
 
(Photo of 2023 Northgate/Avonworth Middle School Swim Team. First row: Greyson McKelvey, Liam Joyce, JoAnn Cook, Lydia Kilpela, Nate Parker, Matthew Ehmann. Second row: Brooke Dickey, Addison Hase, Kaitlyn Klaum, Bavly Naklah, Rachel Buzzard, Olivia Robertson, Jameson Conway. Third row: Carter Spahr, Caleb Spahr, Jake Schmiedlin, Mohamed Abouwafia, Billy Petrina. Missing from photo is Jeremy White.)
 
* New South West Conference Invitational Meet Record
 
Contributed by Jim Joyce, parent

Varsity Swimming Schedule

Team Opponent Date Time Location
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
Seneca Valley
Seneca Valley
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
West Allegheny
Northgate High School
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
Hampton High School
Hampton High School
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
Quaker Valley High School
Northgate High School
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
Freeport High School
Northgate High School
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
North Hills High School
North Hills High School
Northgate Varsity Coed Swimming vs.
Deer Lakes High School
Deer Lakes High School

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Mr. Todd Goble
todd.goble@northgatesd.net

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Jess McKelvey
nghsswim@gmail.com
412-719-0213

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