Marking its 111th season during the 2023-2024 school year, the Andover Boys' Swimming and Diving Team has a storied history: from Olympic Gold medalists and holders of world, national high school, and NCAA records to All-Americans and Eastern champions. Despite these extraordinary accomplishments for individuals, Andover's team championships were sporadic for most of the program's history: a national championship in 1925 and interscholastic championships in 1948 and 1954.
In 2007, Andover won its first New England Preparatory School team championship, and the program repeated this feat in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023 and was runner-up in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2013, Andover—after its fourth-consecutive undefeated dual-meet season—opted to forgo a defense of its title in favor of attending the prestigious Eastern championship meet, where the squad placed 4th out of 44 teams and repeated this feat in 2014.
In recent years, Andover has continued to set its sights on Easterns. After placing 2nd at the meet in 2017 and 2018, Andover returned to Easterns in 2019 and won its first title. By doing so, Andover became the first New England team in history to achieve this feat. Andover successfully defended its title in 2020. After having the 2021 season canceled, Andover returned to Easterns and placed 3rd in 2022. In 2023, Andover once again won the Eastern Championship.
The swimming and diving season begins in mid-November and concludes in early March. Throughout the season, the swimming coaches emphasize both technique and conditioning: swimmers learn proper stroke mechanics, starts, and turns, and they repeat them through race-pace training. Similarly, our extraordinary diving coach emphasizes proper fundamentals in service of outstanding performance to both our elite and novice divers. All swimmers and divers work to perform their best at the end of the season, which is marked by three distinct competitions. Some attend Easterns, some New Englands, and others the "junior varsity" Andover/Exeter meet.
In December 2022, Andover Aquatics moved from the Borden Gym--its home since 1912--to the state-of-the-art Pan Athletic Center and The Christopher Lynn '66 Pool.
With the opening of our new pool, we are excited to have everyone who wishes to compete with the Boys' Swimming and Diving Team train together regardless of experience, while we continue to offer everyone an appropriate level of competition.
Over the years, many student-athletes have entered Andover's program as novices and developed into highly successful swimmers and divers. In fact, two such swimmers, Alexander Nanda '11 and Andrew Wilson '12, went on to eventually establish NCAA Division III records. Andrew concluded his swimming career as an Olympic Gold Medalist as a member of USA's 400 Medley Relay in Tokyo.
If you are an experienced swimmer, or an experienced or potential diver, and are interested in learning more about our program, please visit our recruitment page.
For more information about the history of the Andover Swimming and Diving program, please visit http://www.andoveraquatics.net.