Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 5, 2013

Awiszus named region's top swimmer

Scores MVP honors; joins Kim on Eagle-Tribune All-Stars

The Andover Townsman

---- — Two Andover High School swimmers — seniors Maeve Awiszus and Soojin Kim — were among the five area athletes named this week to the 2013 Eagle-Tribune All-Star Girls Swim Team. Awiszus also swam away with MVP honors. She is the fifth consecutive swimmer from Andover to earn the annual MVP title.



For three years, Maeve Awiszus was the best swimmer you never heard of. The Andover High senior was an All-Scholastic selection since her freshman year, but hidden as a member of Andover’s fabulous state-winning relay teams.

This year, with those teammates now swimming at USC, Harvard, Virginia and Georgetown, Awiszus took center stage.

She saved her best performances for last, tying for first in the 500 freestyle (5:05.72) and winning the 100 backstroke (59.14) at the Division 1 States. She also helped the 400 freestyle relay finish fourth.

At North Sectionals, she placed third in the 100 freestyle (54.57) and second in the 100 backstroke (59.36).

“She really peaked at the right time,” Andover coach Marilyn Fitzgerald said. “She’s a fantastic relay swimmer and truly came into her own in her senior year.”

Next year, Awiszus will swim at Central Connecticut, where she will study nursing. Her eighth-grade brother Michael and fifth-grade brother Liam are also promising swimmers.



Soojin Kim is the only girl on the state runner-up Golden Warriors to qualify for every event at this year’s Division 1 States meet. At the North Sectionals, she won the 100 freestyle (54.25) and took sixth in the 200 IM (2:14.83). At the states, she placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.15) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (54.55). “She’s one of the most consistent freestylers in a long line of Andover swimmers,” coach Fitzgerald said.