Andover Sinks Exeter 115-93 at Home; Team Sets Four New Andover/Exeter Records

Led by Co-Captain Curtis Hon ’10, Andover took home another win on Wednesday, routing Exeter 115-69, breaking four Andover/Exeter records, and finishing the regular season undefeated. Matt Mahoney ’11, who contributed in two of the record-breaking relays, said he was impressed by the team’s performance. He said, “This was our best meet of the season. Everyone’s hard work resulted in not only Andover/Exeter records, but also personal bests for most swimmers. We hope to compete the same way in New Englands.” The team broke two of the four Andover/Exeter records, the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle, in the first two events. The winning medley relay of Conor Deveney ’11, Mahoney, Ben Morris ’11 and Hon set a new record of 1:38.77 and finished more than a full body length ahead of the closest Exeter relay. Jun Oh ’12 stole the show in the 200-yard freestyle, sprinting ahead to finish half a body length ahead of the closest Exeter swimmer, and setting a new A/E record at 1:44.50. Oh said, “It was the last dual meet of the season and I wanted to end the season on a good note.” Andover dominated the 50 yard freestyle, with Hon capturing first, hitting the wall half a second ahead of the closest Exeter swimmer. Will Falk-Wallace ’10 and Alex Nanda ’11 took fourth and fifth, respectively, each finishing less than second behind the Exeter swimmers. Tommy Kramer ’11 demolished the competition in diving, finishing 27.55 points ahead of the closest Exeter diver, and scoring six points for the team. Teddy Smyth ’11 and Sam Berner ’12 finished fourth and fifth, contributing to Andover’s diving win. Energized from the diving break, Andover exploded with four consecutive victories. Morris and Alex Smachlo ’11 stopped the clock in a one-two finish, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly, with Smachlo finishing just under two seconds ahead of the closest Exeter swimmer. Hon maintained the winning streak in the 100-yard freestyle, as he and Nanda finished first and third respectively. Co-Captain Conor McAuliffe ’10 said, “Our freestylers, especially Curtis, really stepped up today, taking down the fast freestylers from Exeter. In the 100 [freestyle] each Andover swimmer achieved a time close to that of his New England goal time, which is very impressive with only two days of tapering.” McAuliffe went on to finish second in the next event, the 500-yard freestyle. Oh had raced ahead to finish first, defeating all competition by over three seconds. In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team set two records. Leading off the relay, Hon finished the first leg at a 47.56, beating the 100 yard freestyle A/E record by less than 0.2 seconds. The remainder of the relay team, McAuliffe, Mahoney, and Oh went on to swim the second fastest 400 freestyle relay in Andover history at 3:14.13. This relay also broke the A/E record. Hon said, “This was one of the best swims we’ve ever had as a school. I hope that the team can perform this way at New England’s, and I will try my best to take down the school record.” The team looks to sink the competition at the New England’s in March.