Boys Swimming Sports Winter Sports

Boys Swimming Gets Three Sweeps in Dominant Win

This weekend, Andover Boys Swimming & Diving won every event except for the 100-Yard Freestyle at Hopkins. The final meet score was 106-71, changing the team’s record to 7-­1.

In an email to The Phillipian, Neil Simpson ’19 wrote, “Overall we did a great job. After a long bus ride we got up and raced hard. Considering the fact that we are starting to go into taper, we are feeling pretty good.”

Andover began the meet in dominant fashion. The 200-Yard Medley Relay, consisting of Jack Warden ’19, Simpson, Arnold Su ’20, and Captain Christian Alberga ’17, placed first with a time of 1:35.34. Andover’s depth was also clearly evident as its two other relays placed second and fourth with times of 1:41.63 and 1:48.09.

The 200-Yard Freestyle Relay of Alberga, Simpson, Su, and Nick Isenhower ’18 also placed first with a time of 1:28.23. Another of its relay teams of Lance Freiman ’19, Rick Ono ’19, Jonathan Xue ’17, and Will Kantaros ’18 placed second with a time of 1:33.87.

Andover swept the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, securing the first three places. Alberga, Adam Vlasic ’20, Isenhower, and Su finished with a time of 3:18.86. The second and third teams finished with times of 3:22.51 and 3:31.75, respectively.

The 100-Yard Backstroke was won by Sam Donchi ’20 with a time of 56.25, Nate Smith ’18 placed second with 1:00.30, and Riku Tanaka ’20 placed third 1:00.84. In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Jacob Hudgins ’19 placed first with 1:01.07 and was followed by Warden and Xue.

Donchi also placed first in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 54.50. Frieman and Harvey Zheng ’19 followed him, placing second and fourth with times of 55.85 and 59.17, respectively.

In the 200-Yard Freestyle and 200-Yard Individual Medley, Isenhower and Su placed first and second.

In diving, Matthew Grottkau ’17, Andover’s only male diver at the meet, placed first with 198.90 points.

Andover only dropped a win in the 100-Yard Freestyle. Isenhower placed second in the event with a time of 48.66.

After the dominant victory against Hopkins, the team looks forward to their meet against Exeter.

In an email to The Phillipian, Isenhower wrote, “To prepare for Exeter we are going to work on starts and turns and make sure our technique is on point with the season coming to a close soon.”

Alberga wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “We are focusing a lot on our starts, turns and technique this week for Exeter where we will hopefully break numerous pool and Andover Exeter meet records.”

Andover’s will face Exeter on Saturday, as the team gears up for the Eastern and Interschols.