Two Swimmers Advance to Finals


Nikki cheering Elizabeth in the 100 relay. Photo Credit: Adam Hartia

Veralie Naranjo, Staff Writer

Nikki Salerno ’21 and Elizabeth Harita’22 are making Rosary history. Both athletes are in the running to compete with  the best swimmers in the county.

Elizabeth swimming her 100 fly.
Photo Credit Adam Harita

Nikki has been swimming since the age of 10. Even though that’s considered to be a “late” swimmer, that didn’t stop Nikki from pushing herself. Nikki said, “I knew that all the other swimmers had a head start, so I had to work ten times harder.” Nikki Salerno will be in the finals for her 50 Free and 100 Free.

“I want to beat the Rosary swim record which is a 50 free in 24 seconds. I’m still on my 26’s, but I know I can do it” said Nikki.

Elizabeth Harita started swimming at the age of 6 for a club team named “Fast.” She never missed a practice, especially since she knew swimming is the most important part of competing in a triathlon race. Elizabeth will be in the finals for the 100 free, 200 IM relay, and 400 free relay. Elizabeth said,” I am very nervous for finals to come out. I don’t feel in shape as used to be since COVID-19 hit, but I am going to try to give it my all.

Whole swim team taking their pictures.
Photo Provided by Veralie Naranjo

Make sure to congratulate these Royals when you see them. It’s not every day someone makes it to finals.