Lasalle Boys Win PIAA 3A State Champs, Matheny Helps Upper St. Clair to Third


  • March 20, 2021
  • Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland Valley HS)
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results

The highlight of the 2021 PIAA HS 3A State Championships was Upper St. Clair senior Joshua Matheny and his new NFHS-recognized national high school record in the 100 breast.

Matheny clocked a lifetime best 51.84, his first time under 52 seconds, to break his own record of 52.52. The fastest 100 breast in high school competition is Max McHugh’s 51.62, recognized by NISCA. Matheny also won the 200 IM in 1:47.54 and split 23.36 on the breast leg of Upper St. Clair’s 200 medley relay, which won the state title. Read more about Matheny’s swims here.

Meanwhile, the Lasalle boys won the team title, ending the three-peat streak from the North Allegheny boys.


  1. Lasalle 309
  2. Emmaus 162
  3. Upper St. Clair 134
  4. Seneca Valley 125
  5. Butler 113

Leading Lasalle yesterday were senior and UGA commit Zach Kohm and junior Quinn Buck.

Kohm won the 500 free in 4:24.84, taking the victory by six seconds, while he added a runner-up finish in the 200 free at 1:36.63. Buck, meanwhile, won the 50 free (20.29) and swam on all three relays, helping them all finish top 3.

Kohm and Buck teamed up on the free relays, both splitting 20-mids on the runner-up 200 free relay. Buck led off their 400 free relay, which won, in 46.15, while Kohm anchored it in 44.64.

Notre Dame commit Chris Guiliano of Daniel Boone took down Kohm in the 200 free with a 1:36.53, while he claimed the 100 free in 43.40, winning the latter by over two seconds, a decisive victory.

For Butler, David Bocci took home the win in the 100 fly, going 49.01 ahead of Lasalle’s Tim Grossi (49.33). Josh Bogniard of North Hills won the 100 back by over a half-second, clocking a 49.07.

North Penn was the other team to snag a win, as their quarter won the 200 free relay in 1:23.68 to defeat Lasalle. Seniors Matthew Harkrader (20.51) and Nick Clark (20.56) were the standout splits for them.

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6 months ago

La Salle back to back! Greatest dynasty in state history…

District I Swimmer
Reply to  Hail
6 months ago

I’d guess almost everyone in this comment section disagrees with you

Reply to  District I Swimmer
6 months ago

District I Swimmer/Swimmer – please stick to one username within any specific comments section. Thanks!

Former Montco Kid
Reply to  Hail
6 months ago

I immediately down voted and have been thinking about it ever since…

North Penn from 1990-2004 would have the best chance of challenging that claim. La Salle’s 5 in a row from 2012-16 is the longest boys streak in state history (7 in a row for Villa Maria girls). Those teams were incredible. 2016 I think they were the top dual meet team in the country. Also think that North Penn earned a similar title in either 99 or 2000 but I don’t remember what organization was awarding that at that point.

Two more to tie NP at 9 total titles, at which point it’s pretty clearly La Salle. PA swimming has been soo much fun to watch in my… Read more »

6 months ago

LaSalle won last year so they ended North Allegheny’s streak in 2020 not 2021

6 months ago

Not sure how they did it, but PIAA went all out on the pump up music this year. New pool and no parents but the place was LOUD!

6 months ago

What about boys 2A? 19.8 relay split, 20.00 from a flat start. A 48 in the 100 fly and. 44 in the 100 free. AA was faster than 3A in a few events this year.

Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

Never mind, just saw the article was posted.

Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

I love comments like this. Are you new here? SwimSwam covers every meet everywhere. Sometimes I wonder if they cover too much, but I never wonder if they’re going to cover a State Championship. Have some chill bro.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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