Boys Swimming

Boys Swimming Sweeps Against Deerfield

Andover Boys Swimming & Diving won every event against Deerfield, finishing with a score of 108­-68. This was the second consecutive week that Andover swept all of its events, bringing its record to 6­-1. 

In an email to The Phillipian, Anthony Minickiello ’20 wrote, “The team did a great job stepping up big and winning every event contested once again. This shows that we are much more than just a team with great depth, but we also have some really solid top end swimmers who will be looking to make some noise when we close out the season at both Easterns and New England [Championships].”

In the 200-Yard Medley Relay, Neil Simpson ’19, Arnold Su ’20, Jack Warden ’19, and Captain Christian Alberga ’17 placed first with a time of 1:37.95. Andover’s other relay teams in this race placed second and fourth with times of 1:42.82 and 1:48.44.

In the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay with Nick Isenhower ’18, Su, Warden, and Alberga, the group placed first with a time of 1:27.84. Andovers other relay placed third with a time of 1:35.51.

In the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, Isenhower, Adam Vlasic ’20, Harvey Zheng ’19, and Lance Freiman ’19 placed first with a time of 3:20.01. Andover’s other relay placed second with a time of 3:27.62.

In an email to The Phillipian, Warden wrote, “As things started to get heated up during the meet, our team did a really good job in supporting each other mentally by cheering, pep talking, and encouraging. We executed our race plans well, which helped us secure wins against the opponents.”

Diving for Andover, Matthew Grottkau ’17 also contributed to the team’s win. Grottkau placed first with 232.20 points in the 1-Meter Diving event.

In the 100-Yard Butterfly, Vlasic, Su, and Freiman placed first, second, and third, out-touching the three other Deerfield swimmers by over five seconds with times of 52.98, 53.36, and 55.11, respectively.

Similarly, in the 100-Yard Backstroke, Warden, Richard Zhong ’17, and Nate Smith ’18 placed first, second, and third with times of 55.33, 57.21, and 59.99, respectively, out touching the competition by a huge margin. In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Su, Simpson, and Jacob Hudgins ’19 also placed first, second, and third with times of 59.63, 1:01.64, and 1:01.94, respectively.

Andover’s podium sweep continued in the 200-Yard Freestyle. Isenhower placed first with a time of 1:46.42, Sam Donchi ’20 placed second with a time of 1:51.35, and Riku Tanaka ’20 placed third with a time of 1:56.12.

Warden said, “Although we don’t have a meet this weekend, we will continue to work on our technique, endurance, and strength in practice this week, as we aim for another high performance in-season meet against Hopkins in two weeks.”

Andover will swim against Hopkins next week with the intent of keeping up its winning streak.