Last Updated: Fri Apr 28, 2023 - 5:32PM
Winning both the WPIAL and PIAA team championships this winter were incredible accomplishments for Mount Pleasant girls swimming, but the dominant manner in which the Vikings did so was perhaps their most impressive feat.
Competing against the best teams in the state, Mount Pleasant left no doubt en route to PIAA gold in Class 2A. The Vikings posted a team score of 218.5 points at Bucknell University, easily surpassing second-place Wyoming Seminary, which totaled 118.
Individually, Lily King earned gold in the 200 free and 100 free, while Mount Pleasant Area collectively took first in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay.
A few weeks prior, Mount Pleasant reigned supreme in winning the WPIAL crown at Trees Pool in Oakland.
The Vikings paced Class AA with a team total of 290, which significantly outpaced second-place Northgate, which scored 198. The Vikings repeated as girls champs.
Individually, King won gold in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.36, and she also won the 100 freestyle, notching a mark of 48.58. Meanwhile, teammate Kiersten O’Connor captured first in the 50 freestyle at 23.76 and third in the 100 backstroke, timing in at 56.66.
Meanwhile, the Vikings took gold in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.86, they won the 200 freestyle relay, notching a time of 1:35.90, and they completed their dominant showing with first place in the 400 freestyle relay, securing a time of 3:32.07.
With the Shining Stars recognition, Mount Pleasant girls swimming will receive $500 for their booster organization courtesy of Smail Kia in Greensburg and the Westmoreland Sports Network.
ABOUT SHINING STARS: Shining Stars is a partnership between Westmoreland Sports Network and Smail Kia in Greensburg to recognize and support Westmoreland County student-athletes whose academics, community and athletic excellence shines the brightest. Two teams will be chosen as Shining Stars each season throughout the year with each receiving funding to help their booster programs.