Hurricane Swimmers Win 5th Straight PIAA AA State Title


The Hurricanes won their 5th straight PIAA AA State Championship on Thursday, March 11, sweeping the relay races and turning in many strong performances in individual events.

Villa took day one of the meet by storm, finishing in first place with 153 points. After great swims in the morning prelims the girls came back at night and improved on their times. The 200 Medley relay of Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, and Julie Dobson got things started by taking the gold. Maura McManus followed up the relay by winning the consolation heat of the 200 Freestyle in 1:54.20. Next up was the 200 IM and sophomore Hope Reynolds joined the medal winners finishing 7th in 2:11:15, with teammate Nicole Saladino finishing 14th in 2:14.33. Giampietro, a member of all three relays, took 6th place in her individual event the 50 free in 24.59. Villa Maria then made a statement to everyone in the 100 fly with Dobson capturing 5th (58.17), freshmen Kaitlyn Agger capturing 6th (58.38), and sophomore Mary Katherine Clark finishing 9th (59.23). Finally, in the 200 Freestyle relay. McManus joined Giampietro, Cornell, and Dobson to bring home the second relay gold of the evening in 1:37.20. It was clear from the beginning that these girls were ready to bring home another state title.

Day 2 started with the 100 Free, in which Maura McManus took 4th place and Katelyn Chick took 14th. In the 500 Free, Kaitlyn Agger Grace Carey, and Alyssa Myers dominated the B final, taking 11, 12 and 15 respectively, for the event. The 100 Back saw Emily Cornell win the silver medal and Hope Reynolds finishing 5th. Katelyn Chick and Nicole Saladino took 10th and 12th respectively in the 100 breast. The 400 Free Relay was extremely close, but the Hurricanes took first, completing the sweep of the 3 relays at the meet.
Villa’s swimmers in the 200 Free Relay broke the PIAA State record (previously held by Villa), with a time of 1:45.52. Maura McManus broke the Villa School record in the 200 Freestyle.

Congratulations to the entire team and Coach Hay on another outstanding season!