Adamski puts softball season on hold for swim at states
Hannah Adamski thought her high school swimming season was over.
The Plum freshman fared well at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet on Feb. 28 and March 1, and her first WPIAL meet included a strong swim in the 50 free.
Her time of 24.70 put her in 12th place overall, but it was one one-hundredths of a second out of a trip to states when the qualifiers list was put together by the PIAA the day after all the district and regional meets concluded.
Adamski's focus turned to softball, as practice for high school spring sports began March 4.
She tried out for the Plum varsity team and practiced for two days.
That's when she got the call that would throw her schedule for a loop.
A couple of state qualifiers in the 50 free scratched out of the event in favor of other individual events.
That left a spot open at states for Adamski, and preparation began for her trip to Bucknell University and the PIAA championships, set for Friday and Saturday.
“We saw that she was one place out, and we knew there was a possibility someone could scratch out of the 50 free,” Plum head coach Shawn Haupt said.
“We let her know that there was that possibility, but we didn't get too excited about it. We had to put a hold on softball practice, and we got her back in the pool. She's a sprinter, so we didn't have to do much more work. We just concentrated on her start and her turn.”
Adamski will swim the 50 free Friday morning, as the first AAA session will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The top eight finishers in each event from the preliminaries will return at 5:30 p.m. for the champ-ionship finals, while those who placed ninth through 16th will swim in a consolation-finals heat during the same evening session.
Adamski is seeded 27th
“Anything can happen in the 50 free,” Haupt said.
“She dropped another two tenths (of a second) in practice (Saturday). We already know she's faster than what she swam at WPIALs. We've been working on her start. If we can get her off that block quicker, you never know what can happen.”
Haupt said the WPIAL- championship experience helped Adamski as she prepares to compete at states.
“I believe that states is easier,” Haupt said.
“WPIALs is where the pressure is. You have to swim a certain time or finish in a certain place to get to states. Once you are at states, the pressure is off. You can be more relaxed and have fun with it. I will share that with her. She's so new to all of this, so I don't think she's going in with any expectations. She was nervous at WPIALs, but she did well. I can't imagine she's going to be any more nervous at states.”
Plum resident Peyton Kondis, a freshman on the Oakland Catholic girls swim team, also will get her first opportunity to swim at states on Friday and Saturday.
She will swim the 100 breast and the 400 free relay on Saturday, as well as the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay on Friday.
Kondis finished as the runner-up in the girls 100 breast at WPIALs with a time of 1:04.93, and she is seeded fifth in the event at states.
She is one of six freshmen who will swim the event.
She helped the 200 medley relay place third at WPIALs and automatically qualify (top three) for states, while she and her 200 free relay teammates took fifth and qualified for states based on their time of 1:39.05.
The 200 medley relay is seeded fifth for states, while the 200 free relay is the 16th seed.
Kondis wasn't part of the 400 free relay at WPIALs, but the team qualified for states, and she will join the relay for its race on Saturday.
The relay is seeded fifth.
Kondis was the only freshman among all of the swimmers in Class AAA at WPIALs to reach the medals podium in each of her four events (two individuals and two relays). She placed eighth in the 200 IM but missed out on qualifying for states.
“I was pretty nervous going into WPIALs since it was my first time there, but I went into it trying to think it was more because of excitement,” Kondis said.
“I think that is what really helped me to do well along with my teammates. States should be similar to WPIALs. I have to go in with the same mindset and be confident.”
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.