Broken Records Blow Exeter Out of the Water; Andover Swimming Remains Undefeated

Andover Girls Swimming shattered four records this Saturday and triumphed over Exeter 97-89.

The race was also the celebration of 100 years of Swimming and Diving at Andover, and 160 alumni returned to see Andover crush its rival.

In the first race of the day, the 200 Medley, Andover’s team of Co-Captain Julia Torabi ’12, Emily McKinnon ’13, Miranda An ’15 and Amy Zhao ’14 took second with a time of 1:55.61.

The team picked up the momentum for the 200 free. An and Julia Smachlo ’13 placed first and second, respectively.

Andover grabbed the lead after the 200 IM when Danielle Liu ’14 raced to first with a time of 2:09.89, and Torabi placed second with 2:15.41.

In the 50 free, Zhao took first and broke an A/E record with a time of 24.15, and Hailey Novis ’13 came in fifth with a time of 26.25.

In the diving event, Lilybet MacRae ’13 came in first and as she has all season, with a score 262.65. Next was Sabrina Rivers 4 with 142.20, and Malka Berro ’14 was fifth with 139.1.

In the 100 Butterfly, An placed second in 1:01.15, and McKinnon took fifth with 1:03.55. Zhao earned another first place finish in the 100 free with a time of 52.28, and Liu came in second with 54.03.

The 500 Free brought Andover first from Smachlo with 5:11.06, third from Lauren Conte ’14 with 5:33.19, and fourth from Co-Captain Molly Levene ’12 with a time of 5:34.90.

The team of Zhao, Novis, McKinnon and Liu took first place in the 200 Free Relay and broke another A/E record with a time of 1:39.97, and the team of Corinna Torabi ’14, Levene, Smachlo and An took third with 1:44.81.

In the 100 Back, Julia Torabi finished second in 1:03.04, and Conte earned fifth with 1:05.38.

Ren placed third in the 100 Breast with 1:12.78, and Campbell Howe ’14 took fifth and broke her personal record with her time of 1:19.28.

In the last race of the day, Andover was winning by a mere two points. Liu, Smachlo, Novis and Zhao broke the previous Andover/Exeter record with 3:37.86 and placed first. Torabi, McKinnon, Ren and Levene finished third with 3:47.57.

Of the team’s performance, Howe said, “For the Seniors, it was an emotional day since it was their last home meet at Andover, as well as the last dual meet and last A/E swim meet. I’m sure the win was especially meaningful for them today, also because it was the best competition we have had all season!”

Andover finished its regular season undefeated at 7-0-0. Next week, the team will travel to Exeter on both March 2 and 3 to determine who will be the New England Champions.