Baldwin swimmers compete at WPIALs


Alli Schroeder

The Baldwin boys and girls swim teams compete in the winter season.

Junior Evan Stokes and the boys swimming relay team competed in WPIALs over the weekend. 

As an individual swimmer, Stokes competed in the 100 breaststroke. His time was 59.36 seconds. 

The relay team for Baldwin swam three relays: 200 medley, 200 freestyle, and 400 freestyle. 

The team was composed of Stokes, senior Nolan Erimias, junior Dylan Lubarski, and sophomore Spence Maist, with sophomore Nathaniel McWilliams as a reserve.

Lubarski was happy that the team qualified for the WPIAL competition this year.

“It was a big accomplishment for the team to make it this year. We worked very hard and it was great to see it pay off,” Lubarski said.

Stokes agreed.

“Everyone did well at the tournament. I think almost everyone got a best time in each event. I would say we’re all proud of how we did,” Stokes said.

North Allegheny won the overall competition. With only Stokes qualifying for the individual events, it was difficult for the Baldwin team to score many points.

“We should keep improving individual strokes. Right now with only me going as an individual swimmer, it’s harder to score higher points. It would be easier to do if we had more individuals qualifying,” Stokes said.

Lubarski thinks that the team should use the results to focus on improving for next year.

“We have to work on turns and starts, getting off the block, and putting everything into our first 25,” Lubarski said.

Stokes has an optimistic attitude towards the team’s next season.

“I think it’s the best we could’ve hoped to do this season. There’s definitely room for improvement for everyone on the team. Don’t count us out, because next year we will do even better,” Stokes said.

Likewise, Lubarski hopes to improve his performance next season.

“My goal is to make it back to WPIALs for my senior season, not for relays but for individual races,” Lubarski said.