Lilybet MacRae ’13 Sets School and Pool Diving Record

Lilybet MacRae ’13 left the pool deck triumphantly on Saturday after breaking both the pool and school diving records with an exceedingly high score of 293.50 beating out her sister Kendall MacRae’s ’11 record set last year. Kendall MacRae also broke her own record earlier that day. This newly set record was broken yet again by her sister. Led by Lilybet MacRae’s big win and two first place finishes by Teresa Faller ’11, Andover’s girl varsity swim team cruised to a 121-62 win over the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans. Regarding her two newly achieved records, Lilybet MacRae said, “I wasn’t thinking about trying to break a record during the meet, I was just focused on doing each of my dives well.” Kendall MacRae and Whitney Glick ’11 finished in second and third after Lilybet, posting scores of 268.55 and 223.20 Faller scraped out her first victory of the meet in the 100 yard freestyle with at time of 55.31, just nine one hundreths of a second ahead of Pierce from Loomis. Lexi Moroney ’11 and Emily McKinnon ’13 finished after her in third and fourth with times of 57.30 and 58.33 respectively. Later, Faller took first in the 100 yard backstroke with a 1:02.71. An exciting sweep in the 500 yard freestyle boosted the team’s confidence. Julia Smachlo ’13 posted a season best time of 5:15.94, finishing the event first while Kristen Faulkner ’11 took second at 5:25.37 and Allie Robinson ’14 third in 5:32.89. Julia Torabi ’12 continued Andover’s dominance later with a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:14.96. Lydia Azaret ’12 soon followed in second with a time of 2:19.41. Corinna Torabi ’14 took fourth with a 2:26.18. Julia Torabi followed with another first place finish later in the meet with the 100 yard butterfly. Amelia Danovitch ’13 and Hannah McGrath ’11 hit the wall third and fourth soon after with times of 1:08.24 and 1:08.72 respectively. The relays also went well for the girls. Torabi, Hailey Novis ’13, Katie Fanikos ’11, and Faller posted a win in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:47.17. In the medley relay, Faller, Emily Timm ’11, Julia Torabi and Novis pulled in second with a time of 1:56.47, barely touched out by the strong Loomis relay team. Andover also posted great times in the other events. Smachlo hit the wall second in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.82, racing the event neck in neck with Loomis Chaffee’s Samantha Pierce. The girls stole second third and fourth in the 50 yard freestyle with Novis pulling in at 26.13. Fanikos followed less than a tenth of a second behind with a time of 26.17 and Moroney immediately after with a time of 26.39. Another season best was posted by Timm in the 100 yard breaststroke as she hit the wall first at 1:16.09, followed by Campbell Howe ’14 in third at 1:20.82. Maggie Shoemaker was fourth at 1:21.42. Captain Kristen Faulkner ’11 summarized the meet, saying, “Loomis wasn’t our greatest competition, so it was just for us to be able to see our times. Because some of our top swimmers were sick, we had to switch around the relays a lot, and a lot of people were swimming events they’re not used to, but it turned out well, so that was great!” The squad looks forward to another successful meet at NMH this Saturday.