Record Setting Week for MacRae Sisters

Led by a dominant diving performance from Kendall MacRae ’11, Andover girls swimming emerged victorious against rival Exeter for the first time in five years on Wednesday. First place finishes from Julia Smachlo ’13 in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle and Amy Zhao ’14 in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle also contributed to the win. This was the team’s second win in six days as Andover had cruised to victory over Suffield last Friday. In the diving event, Kendall MacRae blew the crowd away by setting a new Andover-Exeter record with a 261.45, breaking Jenny Green’s previous record of 251.05 which has stood since 1985. Her Sister, Lilybet MacRae ’13 came in second with a score of 256.95, falling short of the new record by less than five points. Whitney Glick ’11 followed in third place with a score of 220.55 Kendall MacRae said, “It felt great to finally beat Exeter after a close loss at the Andover-Exeter meet my Lower year. Winning the meet was a perfect way to end my Andover diving career, and breaking the record was just an added plus. I am excited to come back next year and see my name sandwiched between Lilybet’s name on the record board.” Smachlo dominated the 200 yard freestyle event with a time of 1:58.98, followed by Kristen Faulkner ’11 in third place at a season best of 2:00.42, and Lucy Frey ’13 in fifth at 2:04.51. The trio went 1-2-4 later in the 500 yard freestyle with Smachlo at 5:14.06, Faulkner at 5:17.04 and Frey at 5:32.86. Later, Zhao amazed the crowd with a winning time of 53.63 in the 100 yard freestyle while teammate Faller hit the wall second with a time of 55.02. Zhao also dominated the 50 yard freestyle, posting a time of 24.67 while Hailey Novis ’13 and Lexi Moroney ’11 followed close behind her in third and fourth at 25.96 and 26.41. Julia Torabi ’12 continued the winning streak, swimming to victory in the 200 IM in a 2:14.41. Against Suffield on Friday, Andover was victorious again as the team swam to a 106-80 victory led by Lilybet MacRae, who took first and set a new pool record in diving. First place finishes from Zhou in the 200 IM, Smachlo in the 500 yard freestyle and Faller in the 100 yard freestlye solidified the victory. Lilybet MacRae broke the diving record in a score of 264.95. Kendall MacRae and Glick completed the sweep, placing second and third with scores of 244.60 and 215.15 respectively. Zhao swam to victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.26, while Torabi came in second with a time of 2:16.38. The team earned another first place finish from Faller in the 100 yard freestyle, hitting the wall at 55.54. Hailey Novis ’13 finished third at 57.04 and Elizabeth Carrolo ’11 finished fifth at 1:00.46. Smachlo captured another first place finish in the 500 yard freestyle, winning the event with a season best time of 5:15.29 while Faulkner followed in second with a best time of 5:21.07 and Frey finished in fourth with another season best time of 5:27.90. The girls dominated later in the meet in the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay with 1-3 finishes in both events. The first place team of Emily McKinnon ’13, Moroney, Katie Fanikos ’11 and Zhao posted a time of 1:42.85 while the third place team of Emily Timm ’11, Emily Carrolo ’13, Allie Robinson ’14 and Frey finished in 1:49.28. Co-captain Faller said, “Our team has really grown since our first meet of the season. Everyone stepped it up and swam really well, despite having to give up their entire Friday night for the meet. There were some great times, and I couldn’t be more excited for what the rest of the season has to bring!” The squad will head to New England Championships now with excitement as they are undefeated thus far.