Boys Swimming, Sports

Diving Claims Top Three Places To Propel Andover to Victory

With Andover Boys Swimming & Diving in the lead against Deerfield, Christian Alberga ’17 anchored a first-place finish for his relay team in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, solidifying Andover’s overall victory. The relay team, manned by Co-Captain Marcello Rossi ’16, Co-Captain Darren Ty ’16, Alberga and Nick Isenhower ’18 finished with a time of 1:28.97 minutes, edging out Deerfield by less than one-tenth of a second. The team’s 99-87 victory last Saturday extended its undefeated record to 5-0.

Ty claimed the first individual win of the meet in the 200-Yard Individual Medley with a time of 1:58.83 minutes. Distance swimmers Isenhower and Rossi took second and third places, respectively, in the 200-Yard Freestyle with close times of 1:45.56 and 1:45.79 minutes.

Isenhower said, “We knew Deerfield was going to be one of the toughest dual-meets of the year. Everyone had to give it their all if we were going to win. It was a close battle from the start. In the end, we pulled through with several exceptional performances.”

In the 50-Yard Freestyle, Alberga secured a first-place finish in his signature event, with a time of 22.12 seconds. Alberga and Isenhower finished in first and second places in the 100-Yard Freestyle with times of 48.18 and 48.44 seconds, respectively.

In the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, Rossi, Isenhower, Ty and Alberga secured a first-place victory by only two-tenths of a second, causing a major upset.

“We came, we swam, we conquered,” said Rossi. “They weren’t ready for us.”

Alberga said, “The team really stepped up to the plate this meet and delivered the big swims that we needed to win. Deerfield was confident and ready, but we refused to let them win.”

During the diving break, divers Jack Belluche ’16, Matt Grottkau ’17 and Robert DeLaus ’16 swept the event, claiming first, second and third places, respectively. Belluche scored 201.50 points, Grottkau took 193.40 points and DeLaus finished with 158.65 points, which were all crucial to Andover’s ultimate victory.

In the 100-Yard Butterfly, Rossi and Jack Warden ’19 clinched first and second places, respectively, with times of 53.61 and 54.68 seconds. Ty, Jacob Hudgins ’19 and Jonathan Xue ’17 swept the 100-Yard Breaststroke with first, second and third place finishes.

Andover looks to extend its undefeated record in a tough matchup against Hopkins on Saturday.

Feb 5, 2016