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Swimmers from The Ellis School at the Pennsylvania State Swim & Dive Championships


Good Luck to Bryn at the 2018 AA Swimming & Diving State Championship Meet.

Bryn, a junior at The Ellis School, gets to go to make the trip to states and swim the 50 free on Friday, March 16, 2018. Watch this page for updates on her results. The meet is also put on TV with a broadcast from PCN, Pennsylvania Cable Network. Another source for swim information is the website and Twitter feed from PA

Safe travels and godspeed to Bryn, her family and The Ellis School’s head swim coach, Ed Chow.


Pennsylvania High Schools can choose to compete in various sports under the organization of the PIAA. Many of the schools in and around Pittsburgh, including The Ellis School, are part of PIAA District 7, also called, the WPIAL.

A limited number of student athletes get to advance to the state championships each year by qualification at the district meets.

First step, qualify for the WPIAL Meet

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Violet and Bryn from The Ellis School at the 2018 WPIAL AA Swimming Championship Meet at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Hall.

In 2018, two swimmers from The Ellis School, Violet and Bryn, both were able to swim two individual events each. In high school meets, swimmers are only permitted to swim two events maximum. Finishers in the top four positions in each event get an automatic invite to attend and compete in the state championship meet held two weeks after the WPIAL Championships. The State Championships are at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, again in 2018.


Second step, sizzle at the WPIAL Meet!

Podium Appearances in 2018 at the WPIAL Meet by The Ellis School

Watch Bryn, junior, The Ellis School, swim the 50 free at the 2018 WPIAL AA Championships — winning her heat from lane 3.

Third step, go to states and compete!

Bryn is seeded with the 25th fastest time in the psych sheet before the competition begins. All the swimmers compete in the morning prelims and the fastest 8 make championship finals and those from 9 to 16 make the consolation finals. Finals are contested in the evening.

rankings of times, 1st to 32nd.

Psych sheets for the girls 50 free, class AA, 2018. Notice how close the times are among the competitors. Click image for larger view.

History: Past swimmers from The Ellis School were able to compete at states

Marie Concilius, the most recent swimmer from The Ellis School to compete at states, swam with these results:

  • 2013 (11th Grade) 500 Freestyle (19th), 5:18.85
  • 2012 (10th Grade) 200 Freestyle (22nd), 2:00.13
  • 2011 (9th Grade) 500 Freestyle (20th), 5:19.78 and 200 Freestyle (29th), 2:01.40.Marie was definitely an exceptional swimmer to be a 3-time PIAA qualifier.There are no Ellis swimmers back through 2009, but prior record reviews and updates are welcomed.

PIAA Class AA meet in March 2018 — Noah’s seedings explained.


Noah Jamison, junior, Obama Academy of Pittsburgh Public Schools has two events at the PIAA AA Meet at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. This posting helps to explain where he is seeded going into the meet.

To get to states, swimmers can earn an an automatic invite by placing high in their respective district meets. The WPIAL Championships, District 7, is Noah’s as the Obama Academy joined the WPIAL some 6 or so years ago.

Or, swimmers can earn an invite to the PIAA meet with a fast qualifying time until all the other spots are filled, an “at-large bid” so to speak.

To figure out the seeded position, one must blend the two pathways.

Screen-shots of the psych sheets are presented below. Click image for a larger view. Also posted at PA

200 IM

Noah is with the 16th fastest time entered in the meet, 2:01.22.

Automatic qualifiers in boys 200 IM, AA, 2018

At large qualifiers in boys 200 IM, AA, 2018. Noah at 3rd, 2:01.22.

500 Free

Noah is with the 8th fastest time entered in the meet.

Automatic qualifiers in boys 500 free, AA, 2018. Noah at 8th place, 4:48.92.

At large qualifiers in boys 500 free. Noah’s time is faster than all the at-large times.

Good Luck Noah!

Seeded 16th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 500 free.

State Meet has prelims and finals in the same day.

In the PIAA Meets, both AA and AAA, everyone gets to swim in the prelims. Then the fastest 8 times get to advance to the championship finals and the places 9 to 16 get to advance to the consolation finals. The championship and consolation finals races are in the night on the same day as the prelims. Only those in championship finals, from first to eighth at the end of the prelims can finish in the spots 1 to 8. Those who finish in morning session in places 9 to 16 get to race for final positions from 9th to 16th.

The 200 IM is on the first day of the meet, Friday. The 500 free is on the second day of the meet, Saturday.

Polar Bear Plunge in Pittsburgh

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Coach Mark Rauterkus at the edge of the Mon River on the morning of January 1.

Coach Mark Rauterkus at the edge of the Mon River on the morning of January 1.

Mark and Grant

Dad and son, Mark and Grant with the river in the background and a foggy view of Station Square.

Fur coats welcome

Bring your fur coat and fur swim suits too.

Social event. Reunite with friends.

These are my peeps!

Kids can do it. Guardians as well.

Kids can do it. Guardians as well.

Lots of folks on the Mon Wharf.

They all can't be wrong. It is a blast.

Jumping into the river.1

Jumping into the Mon. Go feet first.

U-Turn in the cold water

It is a plunge and a quick u-turn. Never swim alone.

Warm glow after

Ian is a rock star. Bring your friends.

Some are not so lucky. Santa hat floats past.

Bye Santa.

For that extra aerobic animal fix, run from the Downtown on the Mon Wharf to the South Side.

Historic look at a Brickner

We love the Brickners. Don't know this guy.

Bravo to those who made it and took a swim!

This event is epic, and both a Pittsburgh thing as well as a world-wide experience.

Some years are way colder than others. 


Fired up for the 100 backstroke at states

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Scoreboard photo above is from the finals of the 2016 PIAA class AA meet at Bucknell.

Boys 100 Back, seeded second, from Obama Academy and Pittsburgh Public Schools, junior, Sead Niksic:

Watch Sead Niksic, lane 4, set a new WPIAL Record, 51.29, at Pitt in the 2017 WPIAL championships.

Hint: Sead’s in the middle of the pool and his swim suit has one black leg and the other leg is a dark pink color.

Day 2 at 2017 WPIAL class AA Championships

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Boys 500 Free:

Noah swims 500 free. Goes new school record, 4:54.01.

Noah’s splits:
28.35, 55.05
29.89, 1:54.20
30.56, 2:54.56
30.40, 3:55.34
28.73, 4:54.01

Seed time was 5:09.42.

Girls 100 Back:

Amila Niksic, lane 2, She wins the heat but was the 10th seed overall with a seed time of 1:04.17 to a final time of 1:00.81 and second place, WPIAL silver medal.

Boys 100 Back:

Sead Niksic, lane 4, New WPIAL Record, 51.29

Boys 400 Free Relay:

Free Relay:
Noah Jamison= 24.32, 27.27 = 51.59
David Donehue = 25.59, 28.89 = 54.48
Krishnan . Alagar = 27.63, 31.35 = 58.98
Sead Niksic = 23.20, 25.05 = 48.25

FYI, OLD school record stands from 4 years ago, 3:26.07. In 2018, that record can fall.

WPIAL Day 1 swims from Obama Academy

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Some new school records!

Medley Relay: Obama is lane 6. Seeded with 1:51.11 in 12th and went 1:45.51 for 9th.

New school record, 1:45.51. 
Back = Sead = 25.04.
Breast = Noah = 27.45.
Fly = David = 27.14.
Free = K. Alagar = 25.88.

MSASports of boys medley:

Boys 200 IM:

MSASports of boys medley:

Girls 100 Fly:

Boys 100 Fly:

MSASports of boys 100 fly finals: