Andover Drowns NMH by a Landslide

Andover Girls Swimming took first place in every event except one last Saturday to dominate Northfield Mount Hermon 115-53.

Andover not only won every race except the 100 Breaststroke but also swept most races with 1-2-3 finishes. The only events in which Andover did not take 1-2-3 were the 100 Breaststroke and the 100 Backstroke.

Andover’s success was especially impressive given that many of its swimmers competed in different events than what they are used to.

Co-Captain Molly Levene ’12 said, “People [were] swimming events that they do not usually swim, which is very fun and also uncovered some hidden talent. Lauren Conte [’14], who usually swims the 200 and 500 Freestyle, won the 100 Back in a 1:05 with a great swim.”

Conte said, “Across the board, we did great; we swept events where we didn’t have our normal or fastest lineup going.”

In the first race of the day, Julia Torabi ’12, Emily McKinnon ’13, Amy Zhao ’14 and Danielle Liu ’14 won the 200 Medley Relay in 1:54.78. Emily Carrolo ’13, Julia Smachlo ’13, Miranda An ’15 and Hailey Novis ’13 took second with 2:00.55.

In the 50 Freestyle, Zhao finished first with 24.63, An second with 25.80 and Torabi third with 25.56.

Zhao won again in the 100 Butterfly with 59.65. Samantha Martinez ’13 finished in an impressive 1:04.05 and Amelia Danovitch ’13 in 1:08.51.

Zhao continued to rack up points for Andover when she took first in the 400 Freestyle Relay alongside An, Novis and Liu in 3:40.45. McKinnon, Levene, Lucy Frey ’13 and Torabi followed soon after with 4:02.07.

In the 100 Freestyle, Smachlo won in 57.02, McKinnon snagged second in 57.94 and Torabi took third with 58.56.

Andover also finished with impressive times in the 500 Freestyle. Liu won in 5:07.72, Novis earned second place in 5:35.97, and Frey earned third in 5:41.79.

The team will next face Deerfield Academy tomorrow.

Levene said, “Deerfield is going to be a tough meet, and we are going to be challenged for essentially the first time all season. Saturday is going to show what we are made of, but I am very optimistic and have a good feeling about the meet. This year, we are much stronger in the stroke events than we were last year, especially with the addition of An and Liu to the team.”