Underclassmen Shine at New England’s

It was a record breaking day at the New England Championships on Saturday March 6, as Amy Zhao ’14 set a new school record in the 100 yard fly and Lilybet MacRae ’13 set a new New England record in diving. In the end, Andover Girls Swimming finished runner-up to Exeter in the championship. Four hundred female swimmers gathered on Exeter’s pool deck for the championships, and by the end of the meet Exeter’s score tallied to 349 points while the Andover squad fell just short with a score of 325.

The success started by Lilybet MacRae’s New England diving record of 496.50 points was continued throughout the rest of the diving event by her teammates, Kendall MacRae ’11 who posted a third place finish with 454.70 points and Whitney Glick ’13 who posted a ninth place finish with 340.10 points.

Zhao dominated the 100 yard fly, posting an unbelievable time of 56.55 seconds, resulting in a new school record. She amazed the crowd earlier in the day as well as she swam to victory in the 50 yard freestyle with an incredible time of 23.74 while Hailey Novis ’13 placed tenth with a personal best time of 25.51

Julia Smachlo ’13 cruised to the wall in second place in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.86. Kristen Faulkner ’11 followed just over three seconds behind in seventh place with a time of 1:59.45, while Molly Levene ’12 finished in twelfth place at 2:00.95. Later in the day, the neck-in-neck finish in the 500 yard freestyle left Smachlo in third place with a time of 5:04.42, less than three seconds from first and just sixth hundredths of a second from setting a new school record. Faulkner finished in fourth, posting a time of 5:14.38 while Lauren Conte ’14 finished in eighth, posting a time of 5:18.78, and Lucy Frey ’13 finished in eleventh with a time of 5:22.41.

Smachlo said, “Over the season I got touched out a lot in dual meets, so I was happy to come through with the time I achieved in the championships.”

In the 100 yard freestyle event, a fifth place finish was achieved by Faller at 54.61 seconds, followed by Novis in twelfth at 55.73. Faller had another great top five finish in the 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:00.47, while Emily Carrolo ’13 placed fourteenth, posting a season best time of 1:02.19.

Andover’s 400 yard freestyle relay team had an impressive showing, as Zhao, Novis, Julia Torabi ’12, and Faller nailed fourth place with a time of 3:38.32. The B relay team of Elizabeth Carrolo ’11, Emily Timm ’11, Corinna Torabi ’14, and Kerry Lanzo ’11 also posted a fourth place finish with a time of 3:56.78.

After an undefeated season, Andover Girls Swimming will part with ten of its seniors, but is still lokking forward to yet another successful season next winter.