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January 16, 2014

Tri-captains leading swim team to undefeated start

Tri-captains leading swim team to undefeated start

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Now a senior, Camin has set lofty goals for the rest of this season.

“Right now, my top individual goal is to win the state championship in the 100 breaststroke,” said Camin, also a standout in the relays. “Last year, I came in fourth. I saw Eric Zhao win the 100 freestyle and he couldn’t have been happier. I don’t know what it will feel like, and I know it will be very difficult. But it would be amazing.”

The quick study

Growing up, Wu gave just about every sport a shot in his search for the perfect match.

“When I was younger, I tried baseball and basketball and golf and a few others,“ Wu said. “But my parents encouraged me to try swimming in the sixth grade, and once I did, I stopped every other sport. I found a sport that I truly liked. It went from swim lessons to club team to competitive swimming.”

Wu made his debut for Andover High as a freshman in the Golden Warriors’ meet against Haverhill, and the breakthrough followed.

“When the coaches put me into my first varsity meet, it gave me confidence that I could compete,” he said. “They put me into the 500 freestyle and I made the state (championship) cut. Then I knew I was part of the team and I could compete at the highest level after that.”

Now in his fourth year as a stalwart on the varsity team, Wu knows what events are the best fit for his ability.

“Freestyle and butterfly are the strokes I can swim the best,” said Wu, also a key relay swimmer. “Freestyle is my strongest. I have very flexible shoulders and I can rotate my arms as fast as possible. That’s what makes them the perfect fit for me.

“I love to swim. When I’m not at school or at home doing homework, I am probably at the pool working out.”

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