Ambridge graduate Lindsay Vrooman continues to show she is one of the best collegiate swimmers in the country.
Vrooman, who swims for the Indiana University Hoosiers, finished second in the 1,650-meter freestyle at last month's USA Swimming Winter Nationals. She was defeated by 16-year-old Katie Ledecky, an Olympic gold medalist. Vrooman's time of 15 minutes, 54.68 seconds was the third fastest in Indiana history and qualified her for the NCAA championships. The effort earned Vrooman Big 10 Conference swimmer of the week.
Vrooman, a senior, was the 2013 Big 10 swimmer of the year after she finished third in the 1,650 at the NCAA championships with a school record time of 15:50.83. She also was fifth in the 500 freestyle.
* The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team is off to an 11-1 start and two of its leading scorers are from the WPIAL. Ashley Stoner, a junior forward from Thomas Jefferson, is averaging 10 points and leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 a game. Leslie Stapleton, a junior from Indiana High School, is averaging 9 points. Tom McConnell, a graduate of South Hills Catholic (now Seton-LaSalle), is in his first year as IUP's coach.