Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 20, 2014

In bald support

Coaches shave off the top for swimmer fighting cancer


“That’s what you look for. You look for someone working hard in the pool every day as a motivator,” he said. “If one of the other girls stops swimming, I point to the other lane and say, ‘Look over there. Maria is still going.’”

Next month, Splaine will undergo testing to see if the chemotherapy did its job. In time, she intends to continue putting her young athleticism and never-quit attitude to use as she pursues her dream of becoming an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

But until then, she has the Hurricanes — and two hairless coaches — by her side.

“It’s really touching. I love my coaches so much and they mean so much to me,” Splaine said after putting the finishing touches on the buzz cuts.

“I think Dan’s came out a little better than Carl’s,” she added. “I may need to practice a little more.”

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