Boys Swimming Takes First in All But One Event; Propels Team to 120-63 Win Over Loomis-Chaffee

On Saturday, the Andover Boys Varsity Swim team dominated Loomis-Chafee, taking first place in all but one event and pulling away with its second victory. The final score was a whopping 120-63. With its record now 2-0, things are only looking up for this promising team. The meet opened with the 200 Medley Relay. A team of Co-Captain Jeff Zhou ’06, Bob Divers ’07, Brendon Sullivan ’07, and Steven Lee-Kramer ’09 crushed the Loomis team, winning by over 5 seconds. Then, in the 200 yard freestyle, Julian Azaret ’08 pulled away with the victory, with Howie Kalter ’07 and Andrew Faulkner ’07 close behind in third and fourth. In the 200 IM, Scott McColl ’07 out-touched Kevin Zhai ’08 in a one-two finish. In the 50 freestyle, Co-Captain Jamie Neuwirth ’06 finished first and shaved almost a quarter of a second from his season best. Next came diving, in which Diving Captain Corey Psoinos ’07 easily defeated the Loomis divers and extended his seemingly never-ending winning streak. Then, in the 100 Butterfly, Co-Captain Zhou finished first by over a second, while Dennis Jow ’07 and Sullivan finished third and fourth, respectively. Co-Captain Neuwirth controlled the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.26, beating his closest competitor by almost four seconds. Next came the 500 freestyle. Distance specialist Azaret continued his winning streak, while Kalter came in third. Andover placed first and second in the 200 Freestyle relay, with a winning team of Co-Captain Zhou, Sullivan, Divers, and Co-Captain Neuwirth. In the only event in which Andover did not take first, Faulkner and Zhai took second and third in the 100 Backstroke. Faulkner finished a second behind the leader, but caught up significantly during the last lap of the race. Jow and McColl pulled off the one-two victory in the 100 Breastroke, with Vincent Jow ’09 finishing in a strong fourth place. Andover capped off the day with a win in the 400 free relay, with Azaret, Kalter, Divers, and Co-Captain Neuwirth taking a decisive first place. At no point during the meet did Loomis ever come close to challenging Andover’s superiority. Andover nearly doubled Loomis’s score and won 11 of the 12 events.