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October 1, 2013

Swimming bond

Lifelong friendship a boost for Aramian, Franklin ... and Hillies

HAVERHILL — There are few concerns about chemistry and team unity on the Haverhill girls swimming team.

With seniors Cali Aramian and Maggie Franklin two of the four captains, it’s just not worth worrying about.

Aramian and Franklin are closer than many sisters and work so well together in and out of the pool that their cohesion rubs off.

It’s almost natural when you’ve been best friends and near neighbors since preschool.

Because their mothers were friends and lived close to each other, Aramian and Franklin got together even before they both attended the Pentucket Lake Elementary School and Whittier Middle School.

As youngsters, they both played baseball and basketball together and then were on the same New England Barracudas swim club, which is now Solo Aquatics. They study together, hang out on the weekends and have even shared family vacations, to Florida and North Conway.

And now Aramian and Franklin are the leaders and standouts of another solid Haverhill team (4-1) which could place high in the Division 1 state meet. Both were members of the school record-setting 400 freestyle relay which placed fourth at states. Aramian was on the third place 200-medley relay team.

Each also had success in their individual specialties, Franklin in the 200 freestyle (16th) and 500 freestyle (13th) and Aramian in the 100 butterfly (13th) and 100 backstroke (8th). With a strong summer of training behind them, they’re aiming for at least a top 10 finish if not top five.

With other stalwarts like the Broderick sisters, Meaghan, a senior, and promising freshman Kaitlyn, as well as standout diver Michaela Sliney, that should make up for the loss of 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle state champion Sarah Broderick. She is now swimming for UNH.

Regardless of their individual finish at state, the Aramian-Franklin bond has had a tremendously positive influence on the team, according to veteran coach Rick Battistini.

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