As Co-Captain Tim Wynter ’14 tapped the tiled pool wall seven seconds before his competitors, his team burst into cheers; the scoreboard flashed 1:27.41 in bright red lights. As the fourth swimmer in the 200Yard Freestyle Relay, Wynter’s strong finish solidified his relay team’s victory and shattered the pool record, previously held by archrival Exeter, as well as the school record from 2010.
The other members of the winning relay team were Michael Camarda ’14, David Cao ’14 and Co-Captain Joe Faller ’14. This was the group’s second and third record broken together, after they set the New England record in the 200-Yard Free at Loomis Chaffee just the weekend before.
In addition to Camarda, Cao, Faller and Wynter’s tremendous efforts, 12 Andover swimmers posted personal best records in at least one individual event, as Andover Boys Swimming crushed Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) away 10263 in its first and last home meet of the season on Saturday.
“[Winning the meet] felt great. We all put a lot of effort in our races and reached our goal times. Those who didn’t were still close. It was great that we broke a pool record at our only home meet and were close to breaking many others,” said Darren Ty ’16.
Ty posted personal best times in the 100-Yard Free, 100-Yard Fly and 50-Yard Back.
?“When I looked up at the board after each race to see my time, I knew all the hard work and the training at every practice were what brought me to achieve my goals. I couldn’t be happier with my performance. I reached my goal times for the meet and felt great after each race,” Ty continued.
Richard Zhong ’17 said, “I felt relieved when I first realized that I had surpassed my times in the 50-Yard Back and the 50-Yard Free. It showed me that all the time and effort I put into training was not spent in vain, and now gives me other goals to reach for in upcoming meets.”
Saturday’s victorious meet boosted the team’s confidence and solidified its standing as a dominant player in the league as it heads into both the New England Championships and Easterns Championships this season.
“[Saturday’s] meet yielded a lot of information that [Assistant] Coach Hugon and I will use to continue preparing the team for our two championship meets. While we like to win in-season dual meets, our focus is always on the long-term,” said Head Coach David Fox.
Although NMH did not have a diving team, Andover took advantage of the opportunity to hone in on its dives and accumulate valuable experience. Kade Call ’14 came in first with a score of 175.9 points, followed by Graham Johns ’14 with 135.9 and Thomas Bakken ’14 with 126.9.
“I recently began switching all of my dives from the tuck position to the pike position, which I seem to excel in” said Johns. “My best dive is arguably my inward dive pike, with my front 1.5 somersault pike coming in at a close second.”
“This was the first meet in which I performed these dives, and hopefully in the next meet I will also be able to nail my front 1 somersault 1 twist in the free position, which is my hardest dive with a degree of difficulty of 1.9,” continued Johns.
With two consecutive uncontested victories and a perfect in-league record under its belt, Andover will continue to train hard this week in preparation for its meet against Deerfield this Saturday. Between the two teams, Andover and Deerfield have claimed the past seven New England Championships.