Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving

Andover Wins First Eastern Championship

On February 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM

85% Personal-Best Performances; 35 New Records; 22 All-American Swims

(Lancaster, PA) — Fueled by many best times, records, and All-American performances, the Phillips Academy (Andover) Boys’ Varsity Swimming and Diving Team won the 119th Eastern Swimming & Diving Championships. Historically, more national records have been set at the Eastern championships than at any other meet, and it is among the most prestigious high-school meets in the nation.



Across the two-day competition, Andover student-athletes competed in 35 events and achieved personal-bests in 29; across 24 relay legs, Andover achieved best-ever times in 21. With so much success, it is difficult to highlight only a few performances, yet four, in particular, stand out.



In the 200 Medley Relay, Jack Warden ’19 (22.94), Captain Neil Simpson ’19 (24.95), Lance Freiman ’19 (21.29), and Arnold Su ’20 (20.24) established new Eastern, New England, Pool (Franklin & Marshall College), and School records by swimming 1:29.42. This is the 7th-fastest time in the history of high-school swimming, and it is currently the fastest time swum this year in the nation. WATCH.



In the 200 Freestyle, Max Hunger ’20 broke the Eastern, New England, Pool, and School records in 1:37.45. WATCH.



In the 100 Butterfly, Freiman broke the oldest Eastern record—set by Olympic Gold Medalist Melvin Stewart in 1987—by swimming 48.08. This time also broke the New England and School records. WATCH.



Finally, in the 400 Freestyle Relay, Hunger, Freiman, Su, and Simpson swam 3:00.91, which broke the New England, Pool, and School records. This is also the fastest time swum so far this year in the nation and would have placed 5th in the nation last year. WATCH.



“To come to Easterns, a meet with such a storied history—current and former record-holders include Gustavo Borges, Mel Stewart, Nelson Diebel, Fran Crippen, and Reece Whitley—and to be able to perform so well is both thrilling and satisfying. Our sole focus this season has been to prepare for Easterns, and our swimmers and divers delivered when the stakes were highest,” said Head Coach David Fox.



For Captain Neil Simpson ’19, “Easterns this year is definitely a meet I will remember for a long time. So many people stepped up and swam fast when we needed it most. Every class made significant contributions to the team’s success. Brendon Fang led the class of ’22 with a great swim in the 100 Breast, bringing in valuable points for the team.”



“The team’s performance at Easterns emerged from so much, particularly the great work of Assistant Coach Gardner as well as the terrific leadership of Jacob Hudgins ’19,” concluded Fox. “In addition to having their own great Easterns, the members of the Girls’ Swimming & Diving Team and Coach Murphy were constantly cheering and supporting the members of the Boys’ Team, and our parents who were able to attend were terrific. And I am grateful, too, for all the positive collegiality from meet officials as well as other coaches, athletes, and parents. Easterns is such a welcoming meet, and everyone is committed to just swimming fast.”



Number of times members of the Andover Boys’ Swimming & Diving Team broke a record at Easterns:

Eastern—2

New England—6

Pool—4

Upper—7

Lower—2

School—13



Results:



200 Medley Relay

Jack Warden ‘19 (22.94), Neil Simpson ‘19 (24.95), Lance Freiman ‘19 (21.29), Arnold Su ‘20 (20.24)

1:29.42

EASTERN, NEW ENGLAND, POOL, SCHOOL Records

All American

1st Place

Prelim Time: 1:30.48 also NEW ENGLAND and SCHOOL Records and ALL-AMERICAN



Harvey Zheng (27.58), Yubo Jin (25.14), Rick Ono (24.68), Andy Xu (21.82)

1:39.22



200 Freestyle

Max Hunger ‘20

1:37.45

NEW ENGLAND, POOL, UPPER, SCHOOL Records

All American

1st Place

Prelim Time: 1:30.70 also NEW ENGLAND, POOL, UPPER, and SCHOOL Records and All American



Anthony Minickiello ‘20

1:45.32

21st Place

Prelim Time: 1:45.20



Riku Tanaka ‘20

1:47.29

24th Place

Prelim Time: 1:45.79



Hank Yang

1:50.99



200 Individual Medley

Neil Simpson ‘19

1:49.96

SCHOOL Record

All American

2nd Place



Yubo Jin ‘21

1:59.70

18th Place



Rick Ono ‘19

2:01.13

23rd Place



Brendon Fang ‘22

2:01.74



Max Fang ‘22

2:01.76



Harvey Zheng ‘19

2:04.63



50 Free

Arnold Su ’20

21.08

7th Place

Prelim Time: 20.89 UPPER Record and All American



Marcus Lee ’21

21.44

12th Place



Andy Xu ’19

22.64

24th Place

Prelim Time: 22.32



Ralph Lam

22.90



100 Butterfly

Lance Freiman ’19

48.27

All American

1st Place

Prelim Time: 48.08 EASTERN, NEW ENGLAND, SCHOOL Records and All American



Sam Donchi ’20

49.75

All American

5th Place



Jack Warden ’19

50.55

11th Place



200 Freestyle Relay

Jack Warden ’19 (21.26)

Max Hunger ’20 (20.93)

Marcus Lee ’21 (21.24)

Sam Donchi ’20 (21.06)

1:24.49

SCHOOL Record

All American

4th Place

Prelim Time: 1:25.28 SCHOOL Record and All American



Anthony Minickiello (23.09)

Rick Ono (23.56)

Harvey Zheng (22.68)

Andy Xu (22.06)

1:31.19



Team Scores Through the 200 Freestyle Relay

302 Andover

251.5 Episcopal

246 Brunswick

237 Mercersburg

213 The Hill

197 Malvern Prep



Diving

Zack Peng ‘21

414.60

LOWER Record

3rd Place



Ora Cullen ‘19

329.65

10th Place



100 Freestyle

Lance Freiman ’19

45.30

SCHOOL Record

All American

4th Place



Arnold Su ’20

45.40

Upper Record

All American

6th Place

Prelim Time: 45.87 UPPER Record



Marcus Lee ’21

45.85

8th Place



Andy Xu ’19

49.13

28th Place



Ralph Lam ’22

49.85

41st Place



500 Freestyle

Max Hunger ’20

4:30.23

All American

5th Place

Prelim Time: 4:28.86 SCHOOL and UPPER Records



Sam Donchi ’20

4:37.18

ALL AMERICAN

6th Place

Prelim Time: 4:30.60 SCHOOL and UPPER Records



Anthony Minickiello ’20

4:42.66

15th Place

Prelim Time: 1:41.36



Riku Tanaka

4:51.33

21st Place

Prelim Time: 4:49.13



Hank Yang ’22

4:58.92



100 Backstroke

Jack Warden ’19

50.01

All American

5th Place



Harvey Zheng ’19

56.11



100 Breaststroke

Yubo Jin ’21

56.91

LOWER Record

All American

3rd Place



Brendon Fang ’22

1:00.49

16th Place

Prelim Time: 1:00.08



Rick Ono ’19

1:01.97



Max Fang ’19

1:03.08



400 Freestyle Relay

Hunger (45.31)

Freiman (45.10)

Su (44.71)

Simpson (45.79)

3:00.91

NEW ENGLAND, POOL, SCHOOL Records

All American

1st Place

Prelim Time: 3:02.65 SCHOOL Record



Anthony Minickiello ’20 (50.52)

Marcus Lee ’21 (46.25)

Sam Donchi ’20 (46.92)

Riku Tanaka ’20 (49.24)

3:12.93



Final Team Standings

610 Andover

486.5 Episcopal Academy

427 Malvern Prep Academy

426 Brunswick School

400 Mercersburg Academy

361 Haverford School

358 Germantown Academy

339 Hill School

300.5 Georgetown Prep

288 Phillips Exeter Academy

281 Gonzaga

190 Peddie

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