Published March 22. 2023 11:34AM
by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press
Two Salisbury freshmen swimmers reached the pinnacle of their sport in their first season of high school swimming.
Phoebe Ballek and Olivia Amorim both qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Championships in two events last week.
Both swimmers competed in the 500-yard freestyle state championship race last Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Both Falcons earned a place in the B final with outstanding performances in their preliminary swim.
The top eight swimmers in each event make the A final, while the next eight swim in a B final. Swimmers in the B final cannot finish higher than eighth overall even if their times are faster than those from the A final.
Amorim, who finished third in District 11 in the 500, took ninth place in prelims in 5:20.50 then returned to swim in finals and shaves some time, finishing the final in 5:19.56 for 11th place overall.
Amorim also placed 18th in the individual medley, an event she won at the district meet. She swam the state IM in 2:16.15 for 18th place.
Ballek also swam in the 200-yard freestyle at states. After taking second at districts, Ballek finished 26th in 200 free at the state meet.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Olivia Amorim swam in 500-yard freestyle and individual medley at this year's state championship meet.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Phoebe Ballek qualified for the 500-yard freestyle and 200 free at this year's state championship meet.