With an undefeated record inleague, and a fourth place overall finish at Eastern’s, Andover Girls Swimming hopes to carry this momentum into its face-off against Phillips Exeter Academy this weekend.
Last year, Andover earned a 108- 78 victory and hopes to put up a similar performance at this weekend’s meet with Exeter, whose record stands at 6-2 in league. To compare, Andover’s own record stands at 5-1.
Andover’s success this season combined with its fourth-place finish at Easterns has put the team in good mental and physical positions entering the meet on Saturday, according to Jackie Rossi ’20.
Rossi said, “Coming back from [Eastern Championships], where we did really well, was definitely a confidence-booster. We’re both mentally and physically prepared going in this weekend. We beat Exeter last year, but I know their team is strong this year. It’s going to be really fun to have that rivalry.”
In order to be successful against Exeter, Andover will have to prepare themselves in practice and warmups and give its best effort in every race, according to Macey Mannion ’19 and Lindi Schroeder ’20.
Mannion said, “I think the keys to success will be working hard in practice all this week, getting the proper warm up in before our races and before the meet, and believing that the work we put in all season is paying off now.”
Schroeder said, “We will have to put our best foot forward in every race, especially relays. I’m excited to see everyone on the team have really fast swims. We are coming to the end of a really good season.”
“This year we have a great team and a really fast group of girls that have done amazing all season and will continue that this weekend and following,” said Mannion.
Andover will face off against Exeter in an away meet at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday