Co-Captain Katherine Sweetser ’17 cruised to the wall, claiming a first place victory against Choate on Saturday in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:07.37 minutes and a margin of victory of one-and-a-half seconds. Despite Sweetser’s strong performance, Andover Girls Swimming ultimately fell to Choate 98-80. The team’s record now stands at 0-1.
In the first event of the meet, the relay team of Emma Donchi ’18, Jess Gearan ’18, Allyson Ty ’18, and Kathleen Ty ’19 posted an impressive time of 2:07.39 minutes in the 200-Yard Medley Relay to claim third place.
Nastia Aumueller ’18, Juliette Farmer ’18, Allyson Ty, and Sweetser also claimed second place in the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, with splits of 30.65, 30.80, 28.08, and 28.56 seconds, respectively. Additionally, in the 100-Yard Freestyle, Allyson Ty earned a second-place finish with a time of 1:00.87 minutes.
Despite Andover’s strong performances in the relay events, the team struggled in the 200-Yard Individual Medley, 50-Yard Freestyle, and 400-Yard Freestyle, taking the bottom three spots in all three events.
Co-Captain Gwyneth Wei ’17 said, “We have some work in terms of fitness and technique in the weeks ahead, but with the way practices have been going so far, I’m more than confident that the upcoming meets will show our hard work in the pool.”
During the diving break, newcomer Therese Pelletier ’20 contributed to Andover’s score in the One-Meter event. She earned a first-place finish with a score of 232.20 points, nearly 50 more than the second-place finisher.
Andover hopes to use this loss to fuel its motivation for the rest of the season.
Wei said, “We see losses as another method of self-improvement. Each race and relay lets us see where we need to improve exactly and how we should do that.”
Donchi said, “While losing the meet was a little disappointing, it made all of us more determined to work hard during practice and focus on our technique during the upcoming weeks so that we can be at the top of our game the next time we race Choate.”
Andover is excited to travel to Loomis next weekend in search of its first win of the season. Gearan said, “We will carry over the positive energy we had against Choate to our Loomis meet next weekend. We can’t wait to get in the pool and have some fast races.”