A few years ago the roles were reversed. Olivia DellaTorre posed for photos with her state champion sister.
On Saturday it was the younger of the Dealla Torre sisters holding the medals.
Entering high school DellaTorre already had her eyes on winning her own state championships and she came close in her first tries as a freshman last season.
Eager to follow in her footsteps and step out of her shadow, the younger DellaTorre continued training every day trying to reach the goals her sister had reached.
With her hard work and rapid improvements, DellaTorre didn’t have to wait long before she was handed medals of her own. Saturday she earned those medals as she took him Class 4A state championships in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.06 seconds and the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.04).
DellaTorre was also a member of OCHS’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:39.86).
Her performance has made DellaTorre this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
“It was kind of unbelievable,” DellaTorre said. “I didn’t think I could do it, not that I have, it’s cool. I get to call myself a three-time state champ. I’ve been training really hard. I practice every day at the Ramsey Center. It’s been one of my big goals for a very long time to be able to become a state champion liked my sister.”
DellaTorre’s older sister, Danielle DellaTorre, currently swims at the University of Georgia made the drive to Atlanta in time to watch her sister win three state titles.
The younger DellaTorre isn’t afraid of the comparisons. Winning her own state titles not only gives her and her sister something else in common, but it also gives her a legacy of her own in the history of OCHS’ swimming and diving program.
“It’s kind of cool because it’s big accomplishment for both of us because we both always wanted to do well in swimming because we’ve done it our whole lives,” DellaTorre said. “It’s been a really cool thing for both of us to become state champions. I definitely feel I have my own reputation and some shoes to fill.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to email@example.com by Monday at 10 a.m.
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