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December 2, 2013

Swimming All-Stars: Andover's Awiszus ruled the pool

SOOJIN KIM

Andover Senior

Only girl on state runner-up Warriors to qualify for every event at state meet. At North Sectionals, won 100 freestyle (54.25) and took sixth in 200 IM (2:14.83). Placed second in 200 freestyle (1:56.15) and fifth in 100 freestyle (54.55) at Division 1 States. “She’s one of the most consistent freestylers in a long line of Andover swimmers,” said coach Marilyn Fitzgerald.

JACKIE RUSSOLILLO

Central Catholic Senior

Won 50 freestyle at North Sectional in school record 24.68 and took fourth in 100 butterfly (59.60). Finished third in Division 2 States in 50 freestyle (24.86), fourth in 100 butterfly (59.77) and anchored winning 200 freestyle relay (1:42.77). Wants to swim at URI, UMass or Tampa. Two-year captain from Georgetown. Sister Julia, 12, is a promising swimmer.

MICHAELA SLINEY

Haverhill Sophomore

Set school record for six dives with score of 283.90 and new mark for 11 dives with 537.30. Won North Sectional (479.75) and second at Division 1 States (489.90). Been diving since age 7. Placed seventh in 200 freestyle relay at States. Mother Molly (Sullivan) was an Olympic fencer (1988, 1992), father Keith works for Celtics, brother Troy is a freshman runner for Hillies.

KELLY LENNON

Methuen Senior

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Qualified for States in every event. Repeated as MVC Division 2 MVP. At Division 1 States, placed fourth in 200 IM (2:12.20), third in 500 freestyle (5:09.80). Won 200 IM (2:09.13) and runner-up in 500 free (5:06.85) at North Sectional. Broke the great Laura Moriarty’s school 500 free mark. Ranked 34th in class of 462. Weighing offers from UNH, UVM and URI.

Awiszus ends career in style

For three years, Maeve Awiszus was the best swimmer you never heard of. She was an All-Scholastic selection since her freshman year, but hidden as a member of Andover’s fabulous state-winning relay teams.

This year, with those teammates now swimming at USC, Harvard, Virginia and Georgetown, Awiszus took center stage.

She saved her best performances for last, tying for first in the 500 freestyle (5:05.72) and winning the 100 backstroke (59.14) at Division 1 States. She also helped the 400 freestyle relay finish fourth.

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