Big Blue Swimmers Top Hopkins; Win Every Single Event in Meet

Notice that the Big Blue accumulated more than double the points than the Hopkins team. How does this happen you may ask? Well, Andover swept the entire meet. The PA men won every single event this weekend. The Co-Captains of the team, Brian Fiske ’03 and David Hill ’03 both had outstanding meets. Hill managed to break the 50 second mark for the first time in the 100 freestyle with a new personal best time of 49.96. Due to Hopkins’ weak line up, Coach Hugon allowed David to swim the 100 backstroke for the first time in his Andover career and Hill again impressed with a time of 59.21. Fiske also had a good meet ,even by his high standards. The All-American swam his two favorite individual events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Unchallenged, he managed to push himself to decent times of 1:55.21 and 59.25 respectively. This is still not quite as fast as Fiske’s personal best, which by the way is also a New England Prep School record, of 1:50.56. Aaron Stroble ’04 was also quite a presence at the meet. Though it is still debatable whether it was his sheer size, or just his funny hair, that scared the Hopkins boys into submission, it is undeniable that Stroble is going to be a huge contributor to the team later on in the season. Stroble won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56 and also managed to win the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:18.89. Also having a strong meet was fellow upper Tom Yeung ’04. Yeung also swam the 200 and 500 freestyle and managed to place third and second respectively. Regular distance dominator Tom Lesnick ’05 was quite sick for the meet and did not swim his usual and grueling events. A true trooper as always, Lesnick contributed in the 100 fly, which he won with a time of 56.58. He also swam in the winning 200 IM and 400 freestyle relays. JC MacMillan ’03 took care of business in the diving competition. He scored 259 points which is his best total ever in a dual meet. MacMillan, modest as always, felt that he had received too high of a score, saying, “The judging for the diving was outrageous. I dove moderately and expected to score in the 220’s somewhere. I was pretty shocked when they threw me a 9, it’s the highest I’ve ever gotten. I ended up 8 points shy of the record at 254, beating the competitor by only .1.” Freshman phenomenon Jeff Zhou ’06 was also blazing in the 50 freestyle, finishing with a speedy time of 23.16. He also swam the 100 backstroke, his specialty, at an unchallenged 56.40. Co-captain Fiske said excitedly, “We have a lot of guys with the potential to score at Interschols, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we went undefeated and won the whole thing!” However, according to Coach Hugon, the boys aren’t quite ready yet to assume the role of champions,“We swam very hard all week, and thus came into this meet not expecting to set any fast times. The fact that several of our swimmers recorded personal bests means that they are progressing fast. It probably also means I need to work them even harder in the next few weeks.”