Breaking four records, two pool records, and two meet records, Andover Boys Swimming & Diving displayed its athleticism on Saturday against Phillips Exeter Academy. The final score of the meet was 113-68, leaving the season record at 8-1.
Rick Ono ’19 said, “The meet against Exeter is always really exciting because they are our rival school and because it’s the last dual meet of the season we really wanted to step up and show everyone what we could do.”
Starting off the meet with the 200-Yard Medley Relay, Jack Warden ’19, Neil Simpson ’19, Arnold Su ’20, and Captain Christian Alberga ’17 won the event and broke the meet and pool records for the event at a 1:35.54. Andover’s second and third relays came in second and fourth.
Andover’s other relay teams also placed in the meet. For the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, Su, Nick Isenhower ’18, Warden, and Alberga came in first with a time of 1:26.25. Also, in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, Adam Vlasic ’20, Isenhower, Lance Freiman ’19, and Simpson placed first with a time of 3:15.81.
Freiman said, “I think we cheered each other on. Like in some meets in the past, we haven’t been as good as that, but I think we did a very good job, and it showed because we got a lot of records and we pulled through.”
For individual events, Su broke the pool and meet record in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 58.24. He also placed second in the 200-Yard Freestyle going a 1:48.56 after Isenhower, who placed first with a time of 1:46.81.
For Diving, Matthew Grottkau ’17, Andover’s only diver, placed first with a final score of 238.30.
In the 50-Yard Freestyle, Alberga placed first with a time of 22.04 and Will Kantaros ’18 placed third going a 22.90. Alberga also placed first in the 100-Yard Freestyle with a time of 48.12. Isenhower placed second with a time of 48.63 and Simpson placed third with a 49.64.
In the 500-Yard Freestyle, Anthony Minickiello ’20 placed second with a time of 4:54.70, and in the 200-Yard Individual Medley, Warden placed first going a 2:00.81.
When asked about the team’s preparation for the upcoming championship meets, Alberga said, “Right now the plan is to just trust in the coaches and do what they say and know that we will be prepared for champs.”
Andover will head to Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday for the Eastern Championships.