On May 7, The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized three accomplished Upper St. Clair High School swimmers.
Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis presented Josh Matheny with an official proclamation and Abby Matheny and Jack Fitzpatrick with certificates of achievement.
Mr. Matheny captured the swimming state title Class AAA at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships. He won a gold medal with a finish time of 54.55 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, surpassing his first place winning time of 54.94 seconds at the 2018 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Championships. A freshman at Upper St. Clair High School, Mr. Matheny is one of the youngest swimmers to win a gold medal at the PIAA. The last time a freshman won an individual state title at the Class AAA level was in 2008 when Upper St. Clair's Kyle Dudzinski captured the 100-yard backstroke gold.
In addition, Mr. Matheny placed eighth in the 200-yard IM and was a member of the boys' 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed ninth at the PIAA Championships. At the WPIAL Championships, Mr. Matheny placed second in the 200-yard medley relay, third in the 200-yard IM, and fourth with his freestyle relay team.
The Board of Commissioners congratulated Mr. Matheny for his valuable contribution to the team's achievement of runner up at the WPIAL Championships and attaining an overall ranking of ninth place at the PIAA Championships.
Mr. Matheny's sister, Abby, was also recognized on Monday night. Miss Matheny won the 2018 WPIAL 200-yard freestyle; placed second in the 500-yard freestyle; second in the 200-yard freestyle relay; and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the PIAA Championships, Miss Matheny placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle; eighth in the 200-yard freestyle; and 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Board commended her for her valuable contribution to the team's second place finish at the WPIAL Championships and 14th place at the PIAA Championships. The high school senior will swim for Williams College next year.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunities Upper St. Clair swimming has given me," Miss Matheny said. "It has helped develop me into the person I am today."
The Board also recognized Jack Fitzpatrick for being the highest point scorer on the Upper St. Clair High School boys swim team at the PIAA Championships by placing third in the 500-yard freestyle; fourth in the 200-yard IM; and ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay team. At the WPIAL Championships, Fitzpatrick earned second place in the 200-yard IM; second place in the 500-yard freestyle; second place in the 200-yard medley relay team; and fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay team.
The Upper St. Clair High School swim coach was at the meeting for the special presentation.
"We really appreciate the recognition from the Township," said Coach David Schraven. "It was a really great year for us."
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