Avon Grove places 8th in PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships
● By Steven Hoffman
The Avon Grove swimming and diving team, which already posted an undefeated regular season and won the first-ever championship in the Ches-Mont League's National Division, concluded a record-breaking season by placing 8th in the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championship over the weekend.
Coach Kelly Burk's squad was led by senior Carlie Perkins, who placed fifth overall in diving at States, and freshman Olivia Paoletti, who made school history by being the first female to medal in swimming at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Paoletti won a bronze medal in the 200 IM on Friday, March 13 and then earned another bronze in the 100 breaststroke on March 14.
Paoletti's teammate, sophomore Emma Brinton, also had a strong showing in the 200 IM, placing 10th overall in the finals.
Paoletti and Brinton teamed with Serena Derderian and Clare McGovern to medal in the 400 free relay, placing 7th in the finals.
Avon Grove's overall performance earned the squad an 8th-place finish in the AAA competition.
Paoletti led a group of seven freshman on this year's squad, including four who qualified for districts. This year's team rewrote the school's record books, breaking virtually every record on the way to an undefeated season.