Swimming and Diving Banquet
By Rachel Costantini
The swimming and diving banquet took place on Sunday, March 20 a the Saucon Valley Acres. The athletes and families celebrated a great season that faced some challenges. Three MVP awards were given out to one girl swimmer, one boy swimmer, and one diver. Freshman Sarah Bobeck was awarded the girls MVP trophy. She led the girls team in points throughout the entire season and was the only girl to medal in an individual event at districts. Junior Mahlon Reihman was given the boys MVP award. Reihman rightfully received this award because he was district and state champion in the 200 and 100 freestyle. Reihman was easily the boys best swimmer this year and is, in fact, the best swimmer Salisbury has ever had. The last MVP award was given to diver, Tyler Keller, for an outstanding season. Keller was the district champion and finished 7th at states.
A few other awards were also given out. The most improved award was given to freshman Madison Jewell, who improved enough throughout the season to advance to districts in two individual events and one relay. The highest award a swimmer can receive is the “Humes” award. Ryan Humes was the swim coach for Salisbury from 2009-2012. This award was named after him and supposed to be awarded to a senior who demonstrates longevity throughout their entire swimming or diving career and has success along the way. Seniors and team captains Rachel Costantini and Kaleigh Bobeck received this award. Coach Pat O’Conner said, “Any swimmer that sticks with a program for four years of four different coaches shows dedication to this sport and deserves this award.” Although the season ended on a high note due to the success of the boys team during states, it was sad to say goodbye to the seniors who will not be returning next year.