Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving

Andover Wins 9th New England Championship Since 2007

On March 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM

13 More Record-Breaking Swims / 12 More All-American Swims / 30 Best Times

(Greenfield, MA) — Two weeks after one of Andover’s best team performances in history, which included its first-ever Eastern Championship, the Andover Boys’ Swimming & Diving Team returned to the New England Championships this weekend to defend its title. Competing in separate championships two weeks apart is no easy task, yet Andover again relied on its handwork and teamwork to put together another terrific meet on its way to winning its fourth-consecutive New England title.

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Fueled by 30 more personal-best times (out of 56 individual and relay swims), Andover positioned itself well during the preliminary session, including placing four swimmers in the top 16 in multiple events. Unfortunately, a team may have only three swimmers among the top 16 finalists, so the fourth is automatically scratched from finals.

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Among the highlights of the meet in the individual events include Lance Freiman ’19, who, two weeks after breaking Olympic Gold Medalist Mel Stewart’s Eastern Record, again broke the New England record by swimming 47.99 in the 100 Butterfly.

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Captain Neil Simpson ’19 twice broke the School Record in the 200 Individual Medley and finally set it at 1:49.35. As he has throughout the season, Neil also demonstrated excellent leadership. Against Exeter, Neil broke the New England Record in the 100 Breaststroke but chose to not compete in the event at New Englands so that someone else would have a chance to swim the event.

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Upper Anthony Minickiello placed 7th in the 100 Butterfly in a best time and just two events later placed second in the 500 Freestyle less than a second off his best time.

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Four-year seniors Rick Ono and Harvey Zheng both concluded their Andover careers with personal best times, too.

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Perhaps it was the relays, however, that best demonstrated Andover’s strength. Andover’s “A” relays missed sweeping all three relay events by only .04 seconds. The 200 Freestyle Relay of Jack Warden ’19, Freiman, Arnold Su ’20, and Max Hunger ’20 established a new School Record. And just fifteen days after Hunger, Freiman, Su, and Simpson broke the New England Record in 3:00.91, the squad of Sam Donchi ’20, Marcus Lee ’20, Simpson, and Hunger swam 3:02.50 to win the event and become the second-fastest relay in school history. Andover’s “B” relays were also excellent: both the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle would have placed 5th at the meet had they been allowed to score, and the 200 Freestyle would have placed 8th.

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And with that, the 2019 season comes to a close. We say farewell to our stunning senior class—Freiman, Hudgins, Ono, Simpson, Warden, Xu, Zheng—and we look forward to the future.

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200 Medley Relay

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Jack Warden ’19 (23.57)

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Neil Simpson ’19 (25.11)

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Lance Freiman ’19 (21.53)

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Arnold Su ’20 (20.87)

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1:31.08 / Meet and Pool Records / All-American / 1st

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Marcus Lee ’21 (24.67) Personal Best

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Yubo Jin ’21 (26.18)

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Anthony Minickiello ’20 (23.79) Personal Best

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Andy Xu ’19 (22.01)

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1:36.65 / 5th-Fastest Relay / Exhibition

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200 Freestyle

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Max Hunger ’20 / 1:39.83 (Prelim: 1:38.77) / All-American / 1st

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Sam Donchi ’20 / 1:39.96 / Personal Best / All-American / 2nd

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Riku Tanaka ’20 / 1:45.96 (Prelim: 1:45.36) Personal Best / 8th

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Max Fang ’22 / 1:49.06 / Personal Best / 14th (Exhibition)

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200 Individual Medley

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Neil Simpson ’19 / 1:49.35 / Personal Best / School Record / All-American / 1st

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Lance Freiman ’19 / 1:51.51 / Personal Best / All-American / 2nd

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Yubo Jin ’21 / 2:04.00 (Prelim: 2:02.65) / 12th

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Rick Ono ’19 / 2:02.92 / 13th (Exhibition)

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50 Freestyle

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Arnold Su ’20 / 21.07 / 2nd

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Marcus Lee ’21 / 21.30 / Personal Best / Tied Lower Record / 4th

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Andy Xu ’19 / 22.60 (Prelim: 22.57) / 10th

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Ralph Lam ’22 / 22.94 / 19th

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Diving

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Ora Cullen ’19 / 324.45 / 4th

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Jack Curtin ’19 / 205.95 / 14th

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Bennett Pease ’21 / 203.35 / 15th

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100 Butterfly

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Lance Freiman ’19 / 47.99 / Personal Best / New England, Meet, Pool, School Records / All-American / 1st

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Jack Warden ’19 / 51.33 (Prelim: 51.14) / 4th

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Anthony Minickiello ’20 / 52.92 / Personal Best / 7th

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Rick Ono ’19 / 55.81 / Personal Best / 16th (Exhibition)

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100 Freestyle

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Max Hunger ’20 / 46.05 (Prelim: 46.03) / 2nd

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Marcus Lee ’21 / 46.06 (Prelim: 46.05) / 3rd

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Andy Xu ’19 / 49.24 (Prelim: 48.80) Personal Best / 10th

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Ralph Lam ’22 / 50.60 / 22nd

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500 Freestyle

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Sam Donchi ’20 / 4:34.53 / 1st

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Anthony Minickiello ’20 / 4:41.07 / 2nd

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Riku Tanaka ’20 / 4:47.10 / Personal Best / 5th

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Hank Yang ’22 / 5:04.01 / 15th (Exhibition)

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200 Freestyle Relay

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Jack Warden ’19 (21.76)

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Lance Freiman ’19 (20.42) Personal Best

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Arnold Su ’20 (20.93)

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Max Hunger ’20 (20.78) Personal Best

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1:23.89 / School Record / All-American / 2nd

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Ralph Lam ’22 (22.93)

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Rick Ono ’19 (22.73) Personal Best

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Hank Yang ’22 (23.75) Personal Best

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Sam Donchi ’20 (21.82)

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1:31.23 / 8th-Fastest Relay / Exhibition

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100 Backstroke

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Jack Warden ’19 / 50.80 / 3rd

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Neil Simpson ’19 / 51.42 / Personal Best / 6th

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Harvey Zheng ’19 / 55.96 / Personal Best / 15th

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Hank Yang ’22 / 58.91 / Personal Best / 20th

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100 Breaststroke

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Arnold Su ’20 / 57.01 / All-American / 3rd

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Yubo Jin ’21 / 58.37 (Prelim: 58.22) / 4th

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Brendon Fang ’22 / 1:01.05 (Prelim: 1:00.94) / 9th

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Max Fang ’22 / 1:03.44 / 18th

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400 Freestyle Relay

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Sam Donchi ’20 (46.46) Personal Best

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Marcus Lee ’21 (45.38) Personal Best

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Neil Simpson ’19 (46.08)

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Max Hunger ’20 (44.58) Personal Best

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3:02.50 / Meet and Pool Records / All-American / 1st

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Anthony Minickiello ’20 (49.68) Personal Best

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Ralph Lam ’22 (49.22) Personal Best

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Riku Tanaka ’20 (48.49) Personal Best

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Max Fang ’22 (49.82) Personal Best

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3:17.21 / 5th-Fastest Relay / Exhibition

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Team Scores

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472 Andover

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378 Brunswick

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298 Exeter

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259.5 Deerfield

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180 Suffield

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174.5 Loomis

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170 Choate

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103 Hopkins

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79 NMH

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38 Milton

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Further more detailed results.

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