Boys Swimming Sports Winter Sports

Boys Swimming Smashes Three Home Pool Records Against Deerfield

Harvey Zheng ’19 set a personal-best in the backstroke split of the 200-Meter Medley Relay with a time of 27.81

Shooting through the water, Arnold Su ’20 swam the 50-Meter Freestyle in a time of 21.35 seconds to beat the previous home pool record of 21.45 seconds, set in 1999. Andover Boys Swimming & Diving went on to soundly defeat Deerfield 125-61 on Saturday.

In addition to Su’s record, Andover broke two more home pool records against Deerfield. The second pool record of the day was set in the 100-Meter Butterfly by Lance Freiman ’19, who finished in 50.46 seconds, edging out the previous record, set in 2013, by 0.33 seconds.

The third and final record for the pool of the day was broken by Su, Freiman, Sam Donchi ’20, and Captain Neil Simpson ’19 in 400-Meter Freestyle Relay. The relay team finished with a time of 3:07.58, beating the old record of 3:10.74 set against Loomis in December of 2018.

This meet came after a 130.5-54.5 victory over St. John’s last Friday. Coming off this meet, the team was fatigued, but managed to maintain its momentum against Deerfield, according to Ralph Lam ’22 and Hank Yang ’22.

“It’s never easy [to race on back-to-back days], especially without adequate down time in-between or adequate recovery. But because we’re such a strong team, it doesn’t really matter, and we were able to produce those times regardless.” said Lam.

Yang added, “I think our entire team did really well in supporting each other and [pushing each other] to be our best, and the results came out better than we expected due to the fact that we had just competed the day before.”

Anthony Minickiello ’20 mentioned that it will be essential for the team to prepare for the Eastern Championships, which begin in two weeks.

Minickiello said, “We just really need to get the engine going, [we need to] get in tip top shape for Eastern’s.

Andover’s next meet is in two weeks, when they will travel to face Hopkins.