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Plum swimmers set for U.S. Olympic Training Center trip

Michael Love

Plum residents Peyton Kondis and Sarah Mautino, both students and members of the girls swim team at Oakland Catholic, were chosen to travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for four days of training and coaching by members of the swimming coaching staff.

Kondis and Mautino are two of 10 girls from Allegheny Mountain Swimming (AMS) to earn this opportunity.

They leave for Colorado on Thursday and will continue training sessions through Sunday.

The swimmers will work on all aspects of their swims, including specific technique aspects of each stroke, from butterfly and breaststroke to backstroke and freestyle.

“There will be underwater cameras taking footage of us swimming so we can watch our strokes, our kicks and things like that,” Kondis said.

“That’s something we don’t often get to do. That will be nice.”

There also will be seminars that will offer tips to increase performance in the water and training out of the water.

Kondis and Mautino will have the opportunity to interact and share stories and ideas with other coaches and swimmers from not only the Allegheny Mountain region but throughout the country.

The selection for the training session in Colorado Springs began with an online application process.

The requirements had swimmers’ recent times calculated and translated into power points that ranked them against others in Allegheny Mountain Swimming.

Both Kondis and Mautino know that this training session also will help them as they prepare for the upcoming season with Oakland Catholic and the winter part of their club schedule. Practices for the swim season in the WPIAL begin on Nov. 17 with the first day of competition set for Dec. 5.

Kondis, a junior at Oakland Catholic, and Mautino, a sophomore, teamed up at WPIALs last year to help the Eagles 200-yard medley relay team take second place and qualify for states.

They also helped the 400 free relay earn a medal with a seventh-place finish

Individually, Kondis was fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breast, while Mautino took eighth in the 500 free.

The top eight finishers in each individual and relay event at WPIALs earned medals.

Mautino qualified for states in the 500 free, and she made the championship final and placed fifth overall.

Kondis also swam individually at states in the 100 breast and 200 IM and took fifth and 12th, respectively, in those two events.

Mautino and Kondis helped the 200 medley relay finish seventh at states, and they also joined up to bring home 15th with the 400 free relay.�

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].


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