Taylor Weyrich, '20, competes in PIAA State Diving Competition

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Taylor Weyrich, '20, competes in PIAA State Diving Competition
Taylor Weyrich, '20, competes in PIAA State Diving Competition

UPDATE 3/18/19: Taylor was the first SLS Diver to ever compete in the PIAA State Diving Championships at Bucknell University, where she placed 7th of 24 divers. Congratulations, Taylor!

Congratulations to Taylor Weyrich, '20, who broke the school diving record by a whopping 41.25 points before breaking her own record, setting the SLS Diving record at 238.67. Taylor was the first Seton LaSalle diver to compete in WPIAL Championships, and her 4th place spot qualified her for State finals at Bucknell University in March!

Check out this story Eleanor Bailey penned for The South Hills Almanac:

To complement her swim team, Meloni DiPietro-Guthoerl advertised for new recruits. She put up a flyer at Seton La Salle High School that asked: "Are you a gymnast? We want you on the diving team!"

Taylor Weyrich answered the call and then some. The junior shattered school records this winter and now she is bound for Bucknell University to compete in the PIAA championships to be held in March 13-16.

"Taylor is new to the sport but she is a decorated gymnast," DiPietro-Guthoerl pointed out.

With the help of diving coach Dave Watterson, Weyrich made the transition to a new activity.

"(Diving) is a very different sport than gymnastics, but it correlates," explained DiPietro-Guthoerl. "You have the twist and turns and have to learn how to control your body as you land—whether that's in a pool or on a mat. Taylor took to diving like, well, a fish to the water."

During a meet at Ringgold earlier this season, Weyrich shattered the previous school record of 184.5 points when she posted a 225.75 score for her six-dive list. Then in a dual meet against Ellis School and Serra Catholic at Chatham University, Weyrich topped that mark with a 238.67 score.

On Feb. 22, she reached yet another milestone. In addition to being the first SLS diver to compete in the WPIAL championships, she is also the first to gain a PIAA berth. By virtue of her fourth-place finish with a 325.65 score on her 11-dive card, Weyrich qualifed for the state finals.

Read the full story HERE.