Andover High’s girls swim team scored just a single individual victory, but thanks to its depth was still able to come out on top as a team, winning the North sectional swimming and diving championship on Saturday night.
Andover racked up 345.5 points, edging No. 2 Chelmsford (336), which shared the MVC regular-season title with the Golden Warriors.
“This was the closest margin of victory we have ever had in a North final or state meet,” Golden Warriors coach Marilyn Fitzgerald said. “The expectations going in looking at the seeding sheets had us third or fourth. But we had phenomenal drops in times from so many girls. This was one of the best swim meets I have ever been at.”
Star Soojin Kim earned the Warriors’ lone first-place finish of the day by taking the 100 freestyle in 54.25. But Andover picked up a key second from Maeve Awiszus (100 backstroke) and thirds from Alison Murtagh (200 freestyle), Awiszus (100 freestyle), Shannon Fitzsimmons (100 breaststroke) and the 400 freestyle relay, which included Kim, Awiszus, Fitzsimmons and Rachel Landry.
“Soojin was amazing,” Fitzgerald said. “And so many girls swam great meets. I didn’t even know we were leading until a few girls told me. Every kid did what they were supposed to do and more.”
Andover next competes for a state title on Sunday at 7 p.m.
North Sectional Girls Swim Meet
Top team scores (22 teams):
1. Andover 345.5, 2. Chelmsford 336, 3. Acton-Boxboro 258.5, 6. Haverhill 118.5
Andover’s top placers:
200 medley relay: 4. Andover (Maeve Awiszus, Shannon Fitzsimmons, Emilee Nason, Soojin Kim), 1:54.97; 200 freestyle: 3. Alison Murtagh, 1:56.94; 6. Shannon Fitzsimmons, 1:59.59; 200 IM: 6. Kim, 2:14.83; 100 freestyle: 1. Kim, 54.25; 3. Maeve Awiszus, 54.57; 5. Rachel Landry, 55.52; 500 freestyle: 4. Alison Murtagh, 5:09.87; 5. Caroline Murtagh, 5:18.38; 200 freestyle relay: 5. Andover (Anna Carroll, Nara Norgil, Morgan Starkweather, Rachel Landry), 1:44.83; 100 backstroke: 2. Awiszus, 59.36; 3. Fitzsimmons, 1:10.68; 400 freestyle relay: 3. Andover (Landry, Fitzsimmons, Kim, Awiszus), 3:39.85