Middle school swimming happens in Pittsburgh Public School throughout the winter.
Nearly all the other schools in the WPIAL conduct the middle school swimming in the fall or spring seasons, and not the winter.
Obama Academy, because it is a school with grades 6 to 12, has a crushing hardship for varsity swimming. Varsity swimmers do not get after-school practices because there are both middle-school PE classes as well as middle school swim practices. The varsity swimmers get in the pool at 6 am and have school dismissal at 2:50 pm and practice in the evenings from 5 to 7 pm.
Middle School students at Obama could have fall water polo, winter JV swimming, and spring Middle School swimming with WPIAL competition. A single head coach directing three or more assistant coaches could unify and coordinate the programs with far greater participation and ultimate success.