Leah Smith crushed it in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend at the TYR Pro Meet

She won the meet in terms of high point title too.

Post meet interview:

Local death in a swimming accident in a creek

Gentleman was a football running back. His body was missing for a few days, despite multiple searches.


Searchers find body of Connellsville swimmer missing since Tuesday

by Jeff Himler, published Sunday, June 10, 2018

Searchers Sunday morning found the body of a Connellsville man who had been missing since Tuesday in South Huntingdon and was presumed drowned.

The body of Dylan Knopsnider, 21, was pulled from the waters of Jacobs Creek at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to state police Tpr. Robert Broadwater of the Uniontown barracks. He said Knopsnider’s body surfaced in the middle of the creek about 50 yards from where he entered the water Tuesday evening in a popular but remote swimming hole about two miles downstream from the Chaintown Road bridge.

Dive teams, firefighters and cadaver dogs from multiple counties had been searching the area fruitlessly for signs of Knopsnider since Tuesday. Broadwater said officials believe heavy rainfall may have helped bring the body to the surface. Firefighters from Dawson and a Murrysville dive team were involved in the search Sunday, according to a Fayette County 911 supervisor.

Jacobs Creek is at the border of Westmoreland and Fayette counties, and the Fayette County Coroner’s office was available to identify and take charge of the body, Broadwater said.

An autopsy is planned.

It is believed Knopsnider lost his footing and hit his head on a rock as he jumped into water about 10 to 15 feet deep downstream of a waterfall, police said. The creek was swollen by a storm earlier Tuesday, creating a fast current.

Trooper Adam Janosko said one of Knopsnider’s friends told police he jumped in the water in an attempt to rescue Knopsnider but could not reach him.

A Connellsville Area High School graduate, Knopsnider was a running back and strong safety for the school’s football team from 2012 to 2014.


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Past Games

Spring Tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018, a huge success

For the first time in decades, the tournament was co-hosted by the Masters water polo team. And, the Pittsburgh masters fielded two squads, Renegades 1 and Renegades 2.

CMU was to host a water polo tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018. Instead, it is was jointly hosted at Chartiers Valley High School swim pool by Pittsburgh Masters (also known as Renegades) and Tiger Water Polo of North Allegheny. Well done everyone. Tiger had great help at the table with scoreboard operators and results. The on-deck officials were great. The teams came to play and they all got lots of action.

Schedule, as of 3/30/18:
Sat, Apr 7th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
1pm Tiger Renegades 1
2pm Salem W&J
3pm Pitt GW
4pm Renegades 2 Presidents (W&J Alum)
5pm Salem Renegades 1
6pm W&J Pitt
7pm GW Presidents (W&J Alum)
Sun, Apr 8th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
8am Tiger GW
9am Pitt Renegades 1
10am Salem Presidents (W&J Alum)
11am Tiger Renegades 2
12pm W&J GW
1pm Salem Pitt
2pm Renegades 2 Renegades 1


Please sign up to volunteer for the tournament, such as running the clock / scoreboard.  Follow the event details on Facebook.

Presentation to Pacific Swim Coaches

Coach Mark traveled to Napa, California, and gave a one-hour talk to swim coaches and the audio, slides and associated videos, are published. See Thinking again about aquatic game play.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad has been enjoying some great scrimmages with CMU’s men at CMU on Wednesday nights from 9 to 11 pm. This photo was from November 8, 2017.

Water Polo practices in fall 2017 switched to South Park High School

Hometown hero holds the ball and gets the center position of the photo (see below) taken after at Tuesday evening practice at South Park High School. He is a lap swimmer at South Park on the other days, but stepped up and joined into the water polo practice and scrimmage on the first night. Also present in the photo is Christopher, the head coach of the South Park High School varsity and club swim teams. He is second from left in the photo. He had not played water polo with the Pittsburgh Masters and we were most happy to get the program off to a good start this fall.

Rookies welcome!

Others at the practice include some players from CMU, new and veteran.

Missing from the photo, high school players. Where are the high school swimmers. Triathletes too! Get in some fun water time at this time of the year.

Practices are slated for Tuesday nights, 8 to 9:30 pm, at South Park High School pool. Just show up. Directions: 2005 Eagle Ridge dr, South Park PA, 15129. When you enter the high school campus, drive around the buildings to the back entrance (#17). The pool is along the first hallway on your left. Enter through the office to get to locker rooms.

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Masters Water Polo shows up to play at South Park High School in September 2017.

Summer water polo — outdoors at Citiparks’ Ammon Pool in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was better than ever in 2017

Masters Water Polo players in the year of the eclipse as we gather around our goalie in a summer evening practice at Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Pool.
Pittsburgh’s Masters Water Polo practice included final springs from deep to shallow end, with a break to take this photo. Welcome to David D, PPS Sci-Tech senior. Players from Morgantown, Bellevue, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Pitt, CMU, Plum and many places around town.
water polo teams playing in the swim pool at Ammon
Community water polo happens in the summer at the Citiparks outdoor pool at Ammon in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Water Polo in Pittsburgh spans many sites, ages and abilities

The BGC truck hauls water polo goals around town. Here it is in the Pittsburgh Hill District outside the Thelma Lovette YMCA.

Teams from the eastern states, Canada and Erie often come to play water polo in Pittsburgh.

Olympians and champions from Europe, Serbia and Team USA come to Pittsburgh for clinics.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo

Mark and Mark at the pool at North Park. We’ll play against the college and high school squads, and realize that it great to have subs on our bench.

Most of the die-hard water polo players on the Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad have played the sport in college and have continued, off and on, to play in the decades that follow. But, many have not. Some just came to the sport later in life as they look for a team sport that is physical, fun and easier on the body than the land sports.

Throughout the academic year, the Pittsburgh Masters are often invited to play practices and games with the men’s team at CMU. Playing once a week, often on Tuesday nights, 9 to 11 pm, has been the norm in recent years. But, check the calendar.

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Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad in 2016 at the CMU water polo tournament.
water polo at Ammon
Summer water polo happens at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool. Practices were held, weather permitting, at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pittsburgh Masters and CMU join together to play from 9 to 11 pm in spring 2017.
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NA, also know as North Allegheny Senior High School

North Allegheny Senior High School, 10375 Perry Hwy, Wexford, PA 15090

Pool is located near the gym on the south side of the school that is closest to the stadium and not near from the auditorium. Drive into the front entry, turn left, drive along the front of the school then park in the side lot. More parking by the tennis courts too. Entry to sports events at the side of the school is okay.

What happens when a person is trapped in a riptide?

In a rip tide, really a rip current, the swimmer is pulled out to sea. First of all, while in the current, you don’t know it. You might be with a friend and giving attention there, and then you glance to the shore line, perhaps just 20 or 30 yards away about 10-seconds ago, and it is going farther and farther away.

Rip tides are hard to spot and notice when you are in them. And, they are not easy to see when standing on the beach. Rookies to the beach are oblivious. It is good to have some understanding of them as they are dangerous and not well understood.

I am a swim coach and a very good swimmer. However, I’m no match for the pull of a rip tide or the rip current.

Often, when the situation is noticed, the rookie swimmer who is caught in that situation tries to save himself by getting out of the water and heading straight onto the land at the beach. Good goal, but it isn’t smart to go straight against the the power of the rip current. The current is too strong, often.

You might be lucky in that it could be a small current or you might be just to its edge. You might be able to stand on the bottom too. And, rip tides loosen their grip, eventually.

What you do not want to do is swim yourself to exhaustion. Getting into oxygen debt and sprinting might be good for about 20-seconds. Some might go 40-seconds. But then if you are totally spent physically and are no closer to the beach, your chances of survival are greatly diminished.

The other thing that kills is PANIC. Stay calm. Going nuts out in the water is going to tighten your muscles, compromise your breathing, speed your heart rate and present a faster ticket to your death.

With good fortune, you’re at a beach that is guarded with professional lifeguards who are not already occupied with pulling other tourist out of another rip current. If the lifeguards can be notified — GREAT.

Where are your friends and family. I hope that the supervision is in effect and perhaps they’re summoning a lifeguard, PRONTO. You might be surrounded with your friends and family and all of you in dire straights. Hope that’s not the case.

I know of two brothers in their 20s who were both sweapt out in a rip current on their last day of vacation in Costa Rica. An hour later, the one guy made it back to shore and the other’s body was found a few days later. This ordeal might take many minutes to unfold. They got separated in the first moments of knowing what was unfolding. That’s so sad.

Can you stay together? Look out for each other. Calm one another. Take turns waving, shouting, resting.

The wise move is to swim out of the current. Are the waves breaking differently to the one side or the other? Swim parallel to the shore, generally, so that you are not going directly against the current, but rather with it slightly and then to the side.

After you get out of the current, swimming back to safety is going to be easy.

FLOAT. Take gentle strokes. To swim, you’ll need to get to the top of the water with your legs and hips, floating more like a boat and not being vertical like a building. Boats float. Buildings sink. Boats and swimmers that look like tall buildings sink. Get flat and horizontal. Let your head stay low. Bring your feet up.

It is okay to swim three, four or five strokes on your front and then roll over to your back and take breaths, keep a gentle kick, watch out for the next waves and rest with the head back, chest, belly and legs up near the surface. Then when ready, flip back to the front and take some additional strokes.

Another great tip that more people need to follow: WEAR FINS in the open water. Surf rescue lifeguards, Coast Guard Swimmers, NAVY Seals and others who work in the water wear FINS. Recreational swimmers, body surfers and even those learning to competitive swim should be with FINS on while in the water. Our feet with fins are far more effective and efficient. Take your fins with you on vacation and wear them when on the beach and in the water. With fins, you’ll be able to kick with some power and speed in a sideways direction and get out of the rip.