Deveney ’11 and Nanda ’11 Each Take Two Events in Big Win

Connor Deveney ’11 and Alex Nanda ’11 each won two events in last Saturday’s home meet against the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans, propelling the boys varsity swim team to a 101-61 win in which Andover won every race. Many of Phillips Academy’s newcomers, such as Michael Camarda ’14, Joe Faller ’14, and Raphael Grandeau ’11 contributed to the success of this victory. In the relay races, the team of Grandeau, Camarda, Didi Peng ’12, and Jon Leung ’11, convincingly won the 200 yard medley relay in 1:43.52, while the team of Peng, Leung, co-captain Matt Mahoney ’11, and Nick Camarda ’12 took first in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Grandeau, co-captain Ben Morris ’11, Cameron Phillips ’11, and Alex Nanda defeated their Loomis opponents in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Andover’s dominance continued in the individual races. Nanda’s first victory came in the 200 yard freestyle with a 1:49.10, followed later by his win in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 48.83. Deveney posted a win in the 200 yard medley for the second straight week, hitting the wall with a time of 2:00.67, dropping several seconds from last week’s race at Choate. Deveney’s time of 53.39 in the 100 yard backstroke earned him his second victory of the meet. In only his second Andover meet, Michael Camarda swam to another victory in the 50 yard freestyle, winning in a time of 23.26 seconds. Tommy Kramer ’11 won the diving event for the second straight week. Andrew Xuan ’13 won his first individual race of the year in the 100 yard butterfly, while Alex Smachlo ’11 took first in the 500 yard freestyle in 5:00.41 seconds. Mahoney rounded out Andover’s victories with a first place in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:00.78. In addition to winning all of the events, many Andover swimmers also posted their personal bests in their races. Derrick Choi ’12 recorded his best time ever in the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 25.68 seconds, and Lorenzo Conte ’12 put up his best time in the same event in 27.75 seconds. In addition, Peng’s time of 22.69 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle and upper Andrew Wilson’s time of 1:04.02 in the 100 yard breaststroke qualified as personal bests for each. Nanda and Xuan, who won the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly respectively, swam personal bests in both races. Many newcomers also performed well in the meet. After his victory in the 50 yard freestyle, Michael Camarda posted an impressive time of 49.91 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle. Joe Faller ’14, another standout newcomer, finished second in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.65 seconds. After this impressive performance, Morris was optimistic about this year’s team, saying, “I would say that this year’s squad has more depth and talent than any I have seen in my four years on the team, which is quite an accomplishment.” Coach Hugon was equally impressed by “the new additions to the team” who “showed great promise in their first home meet.” Next Saturday, Andover travels to Northfield Mount Hermon to face the Wild Hoggers.