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September 29, 2013

Around the Horn with Kelly Lennon, Methuen swimming

@BoxText_boldintro,:What are your goals for this year? “I’d really like to break the team record in the 500 (freestyle). We thought we had it last year but then Smith called me (and said I didn’t). A general goal, I’d really like to beat Billerica. It would be nice to win MVCs and beat them in a dual meet.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Probably coming in second in States in the 200 IM. It was really unexpected. Freshman year I started at the bottom of the pack.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:How did you get into swimming? “My sister (Kara Lennon, MHS ‘08) started swimming in the seventh grade. One of her good friends was Laura Moriarty. I joined the same team a year after.”

Laura was a Ranger legend. Do you know her well? “I’ve talked to her multiple times about everything. Last year she helped out Smith. She helped me with my stroke and the college process.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:Are you being recruited by any schools? “It’s really exciting. I went to the University of Vermont two weeks ago. I’m looking at Boston College, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, too. It’s fun and exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:How are you doing academically? “I’m 35th out of 462 in my class.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:Do you play any other sports? “I was a softball player freshman and sophomore year. Coach Smith and I had a sitdown. I loved softball but swimming was going to get me to college so I put it aside.”

@BoxText_boldintro,:Do you ever think about softball? “Yeah, last season was tough. ‘(I thought), Wow, I wish I could pitch right now.’ I loved it. I knew at the end of senior year I would have to give up. It’s bittersweet. I knew it was the right thing to do.”

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