Girls capture diving title, en route to runner-up finish
April 01, 2011 — Andover boys' swimming and diving team clinched the championship title at the 2011 New England Prep School meet on March 5, edging out Exeter with a 461 point total, the highest in PA record books. Girls' varsity made some history of its own, capping off an undefeated season on March 6 with a diving title and a runner-up finish. Both meets took place at Exeter.
On the way to their first-place finish, the boys broke a number of records, including Andover’s 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard free relay, and 100-yard breaststroke, as well as the New Englands’ record for the 200 and 400-meter frees earlier in the season.
Derrick Choi ’12, Matt Mahoney ’11, Conor Deveney ’11 and Alex Nanda ’11 dominated the 200-medley with an All-American qualifying time of 1:35.46. Nanda and Devaney went on with teammates Jon Leung ’11 and John Jun Oh ’12 to break the 400-freestyle relay school record in 3:09.41, an All-American consideration time.
Oh took two New Englands titles in the 200 and 500-free, with times of 1:54.45 1:40.73 and 4:36.43 respectively. He also broke two tournament records in the 200 and 400-free in 1:54.45 and 4:03.84. Senior Mahoney placed a final feather in his Blue swim cap, winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a record-breaking time of 59.19.
“We value team performance over individual accomplishment, and ask each team member to contribute and view their own performance through the prism of the team’s results,” said coach Jacques Hugon. “The boys stayed true to these values this season.”
After enjoying a 6-0-0 regular season, girls’ varsity swimming and diving forged a formidable fight for the New England title, shattering two records and garnering a total score of 325 points. Securing a close but disappointing second-place finish behind Exeter, the girls nonetheless established a new benchmark time for Andover’s 100-yard butterfly and a new diving record in the New Englands to boot.
Amy Zhao ’14 claimed a PA record and first place finish, securing a historic 56.55 time with her 100-fly and a New England Championship title in the 50-free. Lilybet MacRae ’13 broke some ground of her own, taking a New England record and a first place championship title in diving with 496.50 points.
Terri Faller ’11, Emily Timm ’11, Julia Torabi ’12, and Lexi Moroney ’11 placed 5th in the 200-medley with a time of 1:54.29. Andover was able to pick up four great spots in the 100-free, with Faller taking 5th (54.61); Hailey Novis ’13, 12th (55.73); Moroney, 15th (56.74); and Kaitlin Fanikos ’11, 19th (56.58). In the 200-free, Fanikos, Novis, Moroney and Zhao placed 2nd with a time of 1:40.18.
“The team set a goal of 100 percent fun this season,” said girls’ coach Paul Murphy. “They achieved that goal many times over.
Article and photo from Phillips Academy website.