“Looking at this year’s junior class, they’re pretty powerful,” Andover coach Marilyn Fitzgerald said. “They see and they know what they want next year.”
One reason for Andover’s longterm success is because Fitzgerald has all her swimmers compete in every race.
“It’s been my philosophy forever — every single girl has to swim every event through the year,” Fitzgerald said. “So they don’t get to swim their favorite events and that’s all about how we grow the team. If I only let (Maeve Awiszus) do the backstroke or I only let her do the 500, it would take the opportunity away for all the kids we need to build the team.
“So for instance, 15 of our girls qualified in the 100 fly for sectionals,” Fitzgerald added. “Fifteen of 28. That’s why we’ve had the success we’ve had: Because every girl on this team during a meet, had to swim the 500 one time. For some teams that’s like torture. It’s a badge of honor for (Andover swimmers).”
UMASS BASKETBALL HISTORY
With the UMass Amherst basketball team earning eight votes in this week’s top-25 USA Today Coaches Poll, it brings back memories of the 1995-96 team led by coach John Calipari and center Marcus Camby.
Camby (20.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.9 bpg) was the big star, but fellow classmate Donta Bright (14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) was the big recruit out of high school. Bright was an McDonald’s All-American in 1992 while Camby wasn’t. Actually, Bright was UMass’ first ever McDonald’s All-American.
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