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October 1, 2013

Swimming bond

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

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“They do everything together and they’re stronger because of it,” said Battistini. “The rest of the team sees their wonderful relationship and how hard they both work and it trickles down to the rest of them.”

Although they’re good friends, or maybe because of it, Franklin and Aramian aren’t adverse to going after each other in practice.

“We’re really competitive with each other, but in a good way,” said Franklin, a National Honor Society student ranked 25th overall in her class. “We try to beat each other. We push each other to get better.”

Whoever falls short is never envious or upset. The finer qualities of their friendship prevent that.

When asked what Aramian’s best trait is, Franklin says: “She’s just very selfless and always thinking about people other than herself.”

And Aramian’s response to the same question about Franklin? “She is always in a good mood, carefree and funny.”

Both hope to continue swimming in college. Franklin is focusing on the University of Rhode Island, where older brother and former Haverhil swimmer Tom graduated, while Aramian will probably decide between URI and the University of Vermont.

Thus, there’s a chance that the good friends will remain together. Aramian, who is also an excellent student ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, sees the positive and negative of that.

“That would be awesome if we went to college together, but it’d also be good if we didn’t,” said Aramian. “It might be good to make new friends, and I know I’ll always have Maggie.”

For now, however, there are no negatives for them, and certainly not for the rest of the team.

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