Girls Swimming Annihilates NMH

Despite logistical setbacks and strategy changes, Andover Girls Swimming continued its undefeated season this Saturday and crushed Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) 106-56. “I think the meet went pretty well yesterday, considering the circumstances. We had problems with the bus company, so we were delayed an hour and a half and had to shorten our warm-up. We took much fewer people than usual, and many of us swam events we don’t normally swim,” said Qiqi Ren ’15. “A lot of us were sick, tired or injured, so next week we just need everyone to be healthy and rested. This meet was really helpful for the team though because we got to try different lineups and see what everyone could do,” she added. To open the meet, Ren, Kaitlin Simpson ’14, Corinna Torabi ’14 and Lucy Frey ’13 finished first in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 2:03.20. Meanwhile, Campbell Howe ’14, Hailey Novis ’13, Lauren Conte ’14 and Elizabeth Duserick ’15 placed second with 2:04.59, only milliseconds ahead of the NMH team that placed third with 2:04.87. Amy Zhao set a new personal record with a 1:55.26 victory in the 200 Free. Andover also took second and third, with Conte finishing second with 2:04.68 and Frey finishing third with 2:09.35. Duserick won both the 50 Free and the 100 Free with times of 27.12 and 1:00.23 respectively. “For this meet, a lot of us swam events that we do not typically race, so we had to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. Also, we had two JV swimmers come to NMH with us, and they did great,” said Duserick. Andover demonstrated its incredible breadth among all the different strokes once again in the 500 Free with a 1-2-3 finish from Conte, Novis and Torabi. Conte pulled in with 5:27.90, Novis soon after with 5:31.23 and Torabi finished with 5:55.99. In the 200 IM, Simpson posted a winning time of 2:16.93, and Ren posted a time of 2:23.95 to come in second. Andover went 2-3 in the 100 Fly with Kay Xia ’15 posting a 1:12.23 and Evelyn Liu ’15 posting a 1:14.57. The team of Novis, Ren, Xia and Zhao won the 200 Free Relay in 1:47.50, and the team of Howe, Liu, Norris and Torabi finished third in 2:00.30. Next, in the 100 Breast, Ren finished first with a time of 1:16.75, Xia third with 1:24.32 and Howe fourth with 1:24.70. Andover went 1-2-4 in the 100 Back, with Simpson finishing with a time 1:05.32, Novis with a time of 1:07.87 and Kristen Overly ’15 with a time of 1:14.05. The team’s record is currently a perfect 3-0-0. Anticipation is building and will continue to mount this week during team practices as Andover prepares to face Deerfield, its strongest competitor yet, at home this Saturday.