Two Cranberry Students Swim Their Way To States 

Cranberry students congratulate Logan Richar. (Photo by Raquel Knight/Student contributor)

Caleb Stover is congratulated by fellow Cranberry students. (Photo by Raquel Knight/Student contributor)

Student contributor

After an undefeated swimming season, two boys from our Cranberry High School were part of the Oil City Swim Team that made it to states.

Caleb Stover and Logan Richer competed in the PIAA Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships held March 15 and 16 at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

The boys coach, Eric Smith, stated that this was the first undefeated regular season that the school has had, while doing this they also now hold the “Reign 1” title. Another school record the team holds is having seven swimmers competing in seven different events.

Stover is breaking records before even having to compete. A junior, Caleb Stover is believed to be the first to be compete in four events alone.

A group of four boys give Oil City their best chance at medaling. Three juniors and one senior hold the hopes of the team. Caleb Stover, Charlie Motter, Logan Rakow, and Connor Malek will compete in the 200 freestyle relay. They are to be believed to be their team’s best chance by holding their school record of 1:30.50.

Smith said, “We knew we were going to set the record at the district meet, we just didn’t know how fast we were going to be.”

He is very proud about the whole team’s accomplishments but knows they can do better. Currently, they are seeded in 11th but hope they could make it to top 8.

Caleb Stover is also involved in another team that is expected to medal in the boys 400 freestyle relay. This team is seeded 15th with a school record of 3:21.02.

“We look forward to the outcome of how far these kids can push themselves,” stated Smith.

Thursday, March 16, wrapped up the 2022-23 PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championships. Caleb Stover was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that broke Oil City High School’s record and finished 13th overall.

Stover also represented Oil City/Cranberry by swimming a time of 49.86 and moving up six spots, placing him 31st throughout the whole competition.


Raquel Knight is a student at Cranberry High School and a member of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.