Knoch senior Braden Zukowski listens to instruction from his Racer-X club coaches during a practice Dec. 30, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School. Knoch’s Braden Zukowski finished third overall in the boys 100-yard breaststroke at last year’s WPIAL Class AA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. He is the top returner from that race, as both the champion, Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis, and the runner-up, Greensburg Salem’s William Crites, graduated. While Zukowski figures to be one of the favorites this season, he said he is not taking anything for granted in his quest for a WPIAL title. “Everyone, I know, is improving, and the competition is going to be fierce,” said Zukowski, who swam a personal-best 1 minute, 0.14 seconds at WPIALs last March before taking 12th at states (1:00.60). “There could be someone who switches events or someone new who has a lot of talent and ability. It won’t be easy at all, but it’s a goal of mine to win. I feel I am preparing myself well to be in position to do that. I am just concentrating on being able to swim the best time that I can and not thinking about anyone else right now.” Zukowski, who also trains and competes with the Racer-X club team, picked u...