Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving

Simpson ‘19 Breaks New England Swimming Record

At home on February 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM

With Alums in Attendance, Andover Boys’ Swimming and Diving Performs Well and Breaks 11 Records Against Exeter

(Andover, MA) — In 1918, Andover first approached Exeter about having a competition in swimming and diving, and by the winter of 1920, Exeter had formed a team, and the first meet occurred (with an Andover win). To mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the competition, this year’s meet included an invitation to all alums of the Swimming and Diving programs as well as a dinner for both the Big Blue and the Big Red following the meet.



Although many of the events offered in 1920 are far removed from the events we compete in today, as part of this year’s meet, we incorporated The Plunge. The Plunge was an Olympic event at the 1904 St. Louis games and consists simply of the plunger diving into the water and going as far as possible until he breaks the surface without any additional propulsion. In 1919, Andover’s Neil Stilwell (Class of 1921) broke the World Record in the Plunge with an impressive foray of 74.5 feet. This year’s Plunge was won by Andover’s Riku Tanaka ’20.



With many students, parents, and alums in the stands, the Boys’ Varsity Swimming and Diving Team performed exceedingly well against Exeter, particularly because the meet comes at a challenging time in the season: sandwiched between the Eastern and New England Championships.



Although the meet saw many season-best performances, as well as the establishment of several new Pool and Andover/Exeter Meet Records, the highlight of the meet, for all of Andover, came in the individual 100 Breaststroke. Four days after breaking the New England Record in the event at Easterns, only to be later disqualified, Captain Neil Simpson ’19 seized the opportunity to try for the record again. And he succeeded. By swimming 55.84 in the event, Simpson broke the New England, Pool, Andover/Exeter Meet, and School Records. WATCH.



Afterwards, Simpson met Jim and Beverly Malcolm. Mr. Malcolm, Class of 1950, was a teammate of Olympic Champion and World Record Holder Jimmy McLane as well as World Record Holder Richard Thoman. In 1982, Scott Malcolm, son of Jim and Beverly, broke the New England Record in the 100 Breaststroke in 59.06. 37 years later, the Malcolms witnessed another Andover swimmer break the same record.



200 Medley Relay

Jack Warden ’19, Yubo Jin ’21, Lance Freiman ’19, Arnold Su ’20

1:34.65 / 1st

A/E and Pool Records



Riku Tanaka ’20, Brendon Fang ’22, Rick Ono ’19, Andy Xu ’19 / 1:43.70 / 3rd



200 Freestyle

Max Hunger ’20 / 1:41.51 / 1st

A/E and Pool Records



Marcus Lee ’21 / 1:45.77 / 3rd



Anthony Minickiello ’20 / 1:49.73 / 4th



Max Fang ’22 / 1:53.46 / EXH



Harvey Zheng ’19 / 1:54.16 / EXH



B. Fang / 1:57.90 / EXH



200 Individual Medley

Sam Donchi ’20 / 1:54.78 / 1st



Su / 1:57.17 / 2nd



Ono / 2:06.61 / 4th



50 Freestyle

Freiman / 21.54 / 1st



Xu / 23.17 / 3rd



Ralph Lam ’22 / 23.50 / 5th



Diving

Zack Peng ’21 / 283.85 / 1st



Ora Cullen ’19 / 212.60 / 2nd



Jack Curtin ’19 / 141.65 / 5th



Bennett Pease ’21 / 110.70 / EXH



100 Butterfly

Su / 51.98 / 2nd



Minickiello / 54.22 / 3rd



Jin / 57.85 / 5th



100 Freestyle

Freiman / 47.30 / 1st



Warden / 48.80 / 2nd



Xu / 50.85 / 4th



Lam / 51.01 / EXH



500 Freestyle

Hunger / 4:39.15 / 1st

A/E and Pool Records



Tanaka / 4:55.69 / 2nd



Hank Yang ’22 / 5:10.49 / 3rd



200 Freestyle Relay

Lee, Donchi, Warden, Hunger
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1:27.12 / 1st



Minickiello, Jin, Ono, Lam

1:33.78 / 3rd



100 Backstroke

Donchi / 52.93 / 1st



Lee / 56.77 / 3rd



Zheng / 58.79 / 4th



100 Breaststroke

Neil Simpson ’19 / 55.84 / 1st

New England, A/E, Pool, and School Records



Jin / 1:01.03 / 3rd



M. Fang / 1:05.98 / 5th



400 Freestyle Relay

Su, Warden, Freiman, Hunger

3:10.54 / 1st

A/E Record



Tanaka, Xu, Donchi, Lee

3:15.98 / 2nd



Yang, B. Fang, Zheng, Ono

3:30.71 / EXH

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