The reluctant standout
Alegria’s love of swimming was born during recreational time at the pool as a kid. But it took some pushing from his parents to compete.
“My parents used to tell me I was faster than all of my friends when we were swimming,” he said. “They thought I should try out for the swim team. I didn’t really want to at first, but I did for them. I didn’t even think I would make the club team as a kid, but then I got the call that I had made it and I was excited.”
That initial hesitance quickly turned into a passion as Alegria advanced to high school. As a freshman, he began to swim for the Andover varsity team, but he admitted his greatest individual achievement occurred just a few weeks ago.
“I just recently made state times in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke,” said Alegria, who is also a member of multiple relays. “That was my first time making the state cut, so that was pretty important for me. It was really exciting and a real breakthrough.”
When he was elected a captain along with his two friends, Alegria said he was unsure if it would be a perfect fit.
“I am not the most vocal person,” he said. “In the best, I was just a member of the team and was quiet. But this year I had to step up and lead and lead the dry land workouts. It has been very different, but it has also been really fun and my other captains have done a great job.”
With all three captains looking to attend colleges with Division 1 swim teams, the trio of swimmers believe this could be their final season of true competition. So they want to finish in style.
“I think we have a very good chance at winning MVCs,” Wu said. “It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. But this team has had a lot of kids really step up, and I think we could have a great year.”