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 Swimming.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 Swimming.com.
Noah is with the 16th fastest time entered in the meet, 2:01.22.
Noah is with the 8th fastest time entered in the meet.
Seeded 16th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 500 free.
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.
Scoreboard photo above is from the finals of the 2016 PIAA class AA meet at Bucknell.
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.
Noah swims 500 free. Goes new school record, 4:54.01.
Seed time was 5:09.42.
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.
Sead Niksic, lane 4, New WPIAL Record, 51.29
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.
Some new school records!
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:
MSASports of boys medley: