Andover Dominates to Win Fifth-Straight Massachusetts DI State Title

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The 2018 Massachusetts DI Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Nov. 18 at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

For the fifth-consecutive year, Andover won the girls’ team title after a dominate performance. Under head coach Marilynn Fitzgerald, current Warrior seniors completed their perfect season and have won 60-straight meets. The runner-up spot went to Acton-Boxborough with 224 points and Braintree swam away with the title on the boys’ side with a final score of 120.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – MIAA Fall Div 1 State Champs.

Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Andover – 519
2. Acton-Boxborough – 224
3. Newton North – 206.5
4. Needham – 191
5. Framingham – 163.5

The meet began as the Andover quartet of Emily MaJulia DonohueMia Galat and Emily Clements won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:50.06, only six-tenths ahead of runner-up Acton-Boxborough (1:50.66). Their teammate Sydney Ho dove to first on the 1-meter diving with a final score of 460.65.

NAHS freshman Malia Amuan cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:50.55 to finish three seconds ahead of runner-up Galat. Amuan’s second victory of the day came in the 100 free, where she won by over a full second in 52.23.

Andover’s Victoria Ambrose, who will swim for Delaware next fall, won a close 200 IM. The senior used a strong freestyle leg to claim the victory in 2:04.24, just ahead of Donahue’s 2:04.29. Ambrose also dominated the 500 free, taking the title by nine seconds in 5:05.50.

Needham’s Zoei Howard sprinted her way to the top of the podium in the 50 free in a swift 24.58. Also getting under the 25-second barrier were Brookline’s Sara Song (24.70) and CHEL Laura Latham (24.87). ABRH Isabella Korbly was the only swimmer in the field under the 50-second mark in the 100 back, doing so with an impressive 55.28.

After swimming the butterfly leg on Andover’s winning medley relay, Galat was back in the water as she flew to first in the 100 fly with a time of 56.03. Donahue found herself on top of the podium in the 100 breast, getting her hands to the wall first i 1:05.74.

Needham’s Nina YeeAbigail ThressEmilia Higgins and Howard posted a half-second victory in the 4×50 free relay with a time of 1:41.46 ahed of Brookline (1:42.05). The 4×100 free relay squad of Ambrose, Donahue, Galat and Clements secured Andover’s victory by concluding the girls’ meet as champions in 3:33.49.

Boys Meet

Top 4 Team Scores:

1. Braintree- 120
2. Methuen – 40
3. Weymouth – 34
4. Marshfield – 20

Braintree’s Nikhil TirupithigariJohn HarringtonAaron Keung and Ethan Huang began the boys’ meet with a win in the 4×50 medley relay in 1:56.20 to edge out Weymouth (1:57.86). The same quartet concluded the meet as champions in the 4×100 free relay (3:43.48) as well.

Methuen’s Quang Vu won the 200 IM in 2:13.79 and was also crowned champion in the 100 back, just sneaking under the minute-mark in 59.77. Marshfield’s Bryce Hunt got his hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 1:03.33 for the win.

After helping his team to medley relay, Harrington was back in the water to take the 50 free title in 23.39. He was also victorious in the 100 free, dropping two-tenths to post a final time of 51.78.

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    Eric Korsberg

    The 2012 Seniors also went undefeated all four years as well winning 4 State titles along the way.

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