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July 26, 2012

Nick, Maggie D'Innocenzo take on Olympic Trials together

Four years ago, Maggie D'Innocenzo watched the U.S. Olympic swimming Trials from her Andover home, in awe of her brother Nick D'Innocenzo, the Massachusetts swimming legend who was competing in the trials.

"I would just snuggle up in a blanket in front of the TV or computer and watch every race every day," said Maggie. "I thought Nick was a rock star. It was so crazy to see him there. I was just stunned.

"I told myself that, if I worked really, really hard maybe I could do that in four years. I told myself, 'I'm going to be like my brother. I'm going to do it!'"

Fast forward to 2012, and the Andover High senior-to-be wasn't just a fan of this year's trials.

This summer, Maggie joined older brother Nick as both competed in the Olympic Trials earlier this month in Omaha, Neb.

"It was great to be there with Maggie," said Nick, now a star at the University of Texas. "She has dreamed of this since 2008. I couldn't be more proud of her."

Following the greatness of Nick is nothing new for Maggie.

She was her brother's biggest fan as Nick built an unprecedented legacy while swimming for Andover High, earning All-Scholastic honors all four seasons (2006-09) while earning Division 1 Swimmer of the Year the latter three seasons and rewriting the state record book.

"My brother and I are exactly four years apart and everything (in swimming) happens every four years," said Maggie. "So I have always dreamed of doing what Nick has accomplished."

Through three high school seasons, Maggie's accomplishments have looked much the same as her brother's. She has also been named All-Scholastic three times, including 2011 co-Swimmer of the Year, and has won numerous state titles.

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