For Vincent Camin, it was the dream of following in his brother’s footsteps.
For Santi Alegria, it was the moment he realized as a child that he was faster than his friends in the pool.
For Aaron Wu, it was his parents finding a chance for him to exercise more and burn off some energy.
The trio may have found their way to competitive swimming for different reasons, but the result has been the same.
All three have emerged as not just top swimmers for Andover High, but also leaders and tri-captains for the Golden Warriors, who are currently 4-0 in their quest for a third straight unbeaten regular season and Merrimack Valley Conference crown.
“The biggest goal we have is to go undefeated and win the MVC title,” Alegria said. “That is what we are focused on, above any individual goal. We feel like we have a really good team and have the chance to do it.”
The little brother
Camin, for one, had always dreamed of swimming for Andover High, following his brother, Stan, who was a standout for the Golden Warriors before a back injury derailed his career.
“I learned everything from Stan,” Vincent Camin said. “He first got me into swimming about seven years ago. At first, it was just having fun, but watching him when he got to high school, I saw the times that the high school kids were getting. I saw how competitive it was and knew I wanted to be successful and get those times.”
When he did arrive at Andover High, he quickly found success as a freshman, swimming on the varsity relays and making state cuts. But it was initially intimidating, he said.
“I was pretty apprehensive at first,” Camin said. “Freshman year, joining the team, everything was so new and the kids were really good. But it was fun, and after a while, I started to get confident.”