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Girls Nab First Win of the Season

After consistent improvement in each of its first three meets, Andover Girls Swimming secured its first win of the season against Loomis Chaffee last Saturday, winning 103-80. The win improved Andover’s record to 1-3.

In an email to The Phillipian, newcomer Emma Donchi ’18 wrote, “I think that what allowed us to win this meet was our greater sense of unity as a team. We have been working really hard during practice over the past week and have gotten to know each other better, not only as swimmers but also as friends.”

Andover got off to a quick start, taking both first and second in the 200-Yard Medley and earning a total of 12 points. Miranda An ’15, Co-Captain Elizabeth Duserick ’16, Allyson Ty ’18 and Donchi made up the team that placed first, while an all-newcomer team of Yifei Wu ’17, Jess Gearan ’18, Sarah Zhao ’18 and Juliette Farmer ’18 placed second.

The two Andover teams finished at 1:54.69 and 1:57.51.

Returner Katherine Sweetser ’17, a top-performing swimmer at Andover this season, had two first place finishes in the 100- and 200-Yard Freestyle. Her victories helped Andover take first place in the Team Relay. In total, she contributed 12 points to Andover’s team score. Sweetser swam a 56.25 in the 100-Yard and a 2:01.42 200-Yard, both of which were personal season records.

In an email to The Phillipian, Sweetser wrote, “I think a win was what we needed. We know what we can do, and we know what we can work to achieve. We will continue to push ourselves and support one another in the pool and outside of the pool.”

In addition to the strong performance from the swimmers, Andover diver Tessa Ingler ’18 competed in a meet for the first time this season. Ingler added three points to Andover’s final score with a third-place finish in the One-Yard Dive.

Co-Captains Soubie Im ’15 and Duserick have been critical in motivating the girls and allowing the new girls to feel as if they are a part of the team.

Gearan, who is in her first year at Andover, wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “Our Captains are supportive and encouraging. They push us to set high goals and to achieve them by working hard at practice. Being new to the team was not stressful at all. All the girls were so welcoming and made me feel a part of the team immediately.”

This week during practice, the girls focused on smaller details and improving endurance, which will hopefully help catapult Andover to the top of the league.

In an email to The Phillipian, veteran Qiqi Ren ’15 wrote, “We will be training throughout the week for the meet against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), so we don’t have to worry about tapering [off] at the end of the week. Given the improvement from meet to meet, I think we are on a good trend, and everyone is getting back in the swing of things. We just have to stay focused and [keep up] our positive energy.”

Andover Girls Swimming races next at NMH this Saturday.