Andover Sweeps NMH

On Saturday, the Andover Girl’s Crew team crushed NMH, winning all three races by more than twelve seconds. With the strong performance, Andover heads into Interschols this weekend with momentum. The race was held on perfect conditions at the Merrimack River’s 1500-meter course. At the start of the course the water was flat, making for easy starts and helping Andover’s times. With Interschols approaching this weekend, Andover looked to make its final adjustments. Sara Wallace ’08 said, “This race was just about having some fun on the water and getting focused for Interschols.” Despite a hard week of training in preparation for Interschols, Andover dominated all three races. Andover easily took the first Girls race, winning impressively by twelve seconds. Andover’s winning time was 5:18. NMH finished well behind Andover with a time of 5:30. In the Girls second race, Andover won by an even larger margin, crossing the line 21 seconds ahead of its opponent. Andover completed the sweep by winning the Girls third race, again by a substantial margin. Andover showed great improvement in racing as a unit and maintaining composure throughout the race. Said Wallace, “This race was about keeping focused within our unit and not worrying about the other crews.” With three wins and three good races this week, Andover heads into Interschols this weekend with momentum and a good chance at a strong showing. In particular, Andover will look to beat Exeter. Andover has fallen to Exeter twice this season, the team’s only two losses of the year. In preparation for Interschols, Andover has been working hard in practices the last week. A strong taper this week should ensure that all boats are racing their fastest. Additionally, Andover will look to maintain its composure throughout the entire race, a focus in the team’s training the past few weeks. Interschols will be tomorrow at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA. Andover will look to repeat a very strong showing last year, where it won one gold medal and two silver medals.