South Park Invitational

By: Claudia Pearce

The Seton-La Salle Swim Team ended their season Friday, February 13th at the South Park Invitational where the boys placed 2nd and the girls placed 3rd. The event is hosted annually at the South Park High School, where all of the teams in the section come together for one last meet. A few of Seton’s rivals made an appearance, including Brentwood, West Mifflin, and Keystone Oaks.

The day began with a warm-up, and then the events began. The meet lasted about five hours. Seton-La Salle swimmers stood on the podium a total of twenty-one times, giving an exciting finish to the season.

“The South Park Invitational is always a really exciting day,” says head coach Val Palmosina. “ It’s like a mini version of WPIALs just with all the teams in your section and a last chance meet for everyone to qualify.”

WPIALs is the district competition in which swimmers from all the sections in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas come together. To make it to WPIALs, a swimmer has to swim an event in a certain time. Some swimmers from Seton who made it to WPIALs include Henry Pearce, Brendan Duffy, Matt Bissert, Grayson Kisker, and Devin Gilfoyle.

“Seeing the team do so well this year, placing second for the boys and third for the girls, was incredible and I am really proud of them. Earlier in the meet both teams were in fifth place and to come back the way they did showed just how determined they all were,” comments Coach Palmosina on the team’s success.

But this invitational was also the last time some would swim with the team. There are six seniors on the team, all sharing a special bond with their teammates. It was a hard goodbye for most of the swimmers. But there was no doubt that they had fun as well.

“I really liked the ending of the South Park Invitational because I got to swim in my favorite events which I was allowed to pick,” says senior swimmer Madelyn Parker. “Also, it was interesting to see how our team did against all the other teams all at once, and we did pretty well- the boys were the runners up and won a trophy and everything. So yeah. It was good.”

The South Park Invitational lead to an exciting finish to the Seton-La Salle Swim Team’s season, with the boys placing second and the girls third, along with Seton’s swimmers appearing on the podium twenty-one times.

“Everyone swam their fastest and came a long way from the beginning of the season. Out of all the teams there, Seton had the biggest hearts and demonstrated sportsmanship. I think those are the most important qualities to have as an athlete. It’s really fun to see all the kids succeed and have a good time together,” stated head coach Palmosina.

The end of the season brought a sadness to members of the team as the seniors said their goodbyes, but it also brought a feeling of anticipation at what may happen next year.

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