Girls Swimming Exceeds Interschol Pre-Rankings; Personal Bests Lead to a Surprise Fourth Place

Captain Carly Villareal ’07 and Annie Glancy ’09 each swam two personal bests at the New England Championships on Sunday, March 4th, while Andover placed fourth overall with 262.5 points, only three points behind rival Phillips Exeter Academy. Before the meet began, Andover was projected to take fifth place, and until the 100 Backstroke, Andover was in second place, only behind Loomis by only 10 to 15 points. Going into the evening session the team knew that it would be a close meet and winning would be determined mostly by performance in the relays. In an explosive beginning to the evening session, Andover finished third in the 200-yard Medley Relay with the team of Veronica Faller ’09, Salena Casha ’09, Greta Martin ’09 and Peyton Morss ’10 finishing third in 1:53.72, barely out-touched in .07 seconds by Exeter. Captain Villareal swam the 200-yard Freestyle in 2:00.85, two seconds faster than her entered time, placing 10th overall. A typically strong event for the team, the 200-yard Individual Medley showed continued success. Lower sensation Casha was both seated and placed fourth with a season best of 2:13.37, while Annie Glancy ’09 also swam beautifully with a personal best by three seconds of 2:17.33. With only one diver in the top sixteen, Rachel Reinauer ’07 placed seventh with a season best of 325.8 points. The 100-yard Butterfly was also very successful with Glancy swimming another season best of 1:01.23, jumping her up seven spots from her projected standing to 4th place. Celia Lewis ’10, who finished sixth in a season best of 1:01.39, closely followed behind her. Roddy, who was projected to place eleventh, swam another season best in the 100-yard Freestyle where she placed fourth 54.14. Villareal had an amazing 500-yard Freestyle where she dropped eleven seconds from her previous season best, and placed ninth overall in 5:21.48. Andover was seated fourth in the 200-yard Freestyle relay, but finished an exciting second, with the team of Roddy, Mai Kristofferson ’09, Villareal, and Morss coming in at 1:41.51. Faller swam a personal best in the 100-yard Backstroke in 1:03.99, breaking 1:04 for the first time. Allie Hall ’10 and Tina Kit ’09 both swam the 100-yard Breaststroke in 1:12.82 and 1:14.82, respectively. Hall won her heat and placed ninth, while Kit placed sixteenth. The result of the meet came down to the 400-yard Freestyle Relay where Casha, Glancy, Morss, and Roddy placed fourth in 3:41.08. Captain Villareal said, “We were closer to winning than expected. A couple of girls pulled through where we really needed them and everyone had a hand in our success.”