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April 19, 2013

Central's Kitchen named Eagle-Tribune swimming MVP


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Honorable Mention

Andover — Alex Blake, Sr.; Vince Camin, Jr.; Eric Shi, Frosh.

Central Catholic — Owen O’Leary, Sr.; Dan Lefebvre, Sr.; Will Pannos, Frosh.

Haverhill — Nick Roy, Sr.; Matt Amadeo, Frosh.

Londonderry — Alexander Horton, Jr.; Allison McCarthy, Jr.; Lauren Courtemanche, Soph.; Matthew Monahan, Soph.

North Andover — Liam Walsh, Jr.; Aidan Walsh, Frosh.

North Reading — Dimitry Spelmah, Soph.

Pelham – Brandon Hannon, Sr.

Phillips — Emily Carrolo, Sr.; Connor Frasier, Sr.; Lauren Conte, Jr.; Heson Oh, Jr.; Corinna Torabi, Jr.; Darren Ty, Frosh.

Pinkerton — Tori Claverie, Sr.; Jessica Martin, Sr.; Andreas Harb, Jr.; Hendrick Suwirjo, Soph.; Nicole Beals, Frosh.; Bernard Suwirjo, Frosh.

Salem — Patricia Caiati, Sr.; Brandon Driscoll, Soph.; Daniel Poucher, Soph.; Julia Rucker, Frosh.

Timberlane — Madison DeCarlo, Frosh.; Michelle Fredericks, Frosh.; Anthony Trajlinek, Frosh.

Windham — Andrew Kalil, Sr.; James Baiguy, Jr.; Meghan O’Connor, Jr.; Connor Hopkins, Frosh.; Anna Matsco, Frosh.

ERIC ZHAO, Andover, Senior

MVC tri-MVP. Division 1 state champ in 100 freestyle (48.01) and carved almost two seconds off his seed time to finish sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:46.29). At the MVC Meet, won 100 and 200 freestyles and swam the anchor on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Unbeaten in the MVC. Swam on fourth place 400 free relay team at 2012 States. Swims for Andover-North Andover Hurricanes. National Honor Society.

JOE FALLER, Phillips, Junior

At 45-team Eastern Interscholastics in Philadelphia, Faller became an All-American as part of Phillips’ second in the 200 medley relay. His 46.77 leg in the 400 freestyle relay prelims was second-fastest 100 in school history. Captain. Ranks third in school history in 200 freestyle (1:42.49) and fifth in 100 backstroke (52.36). Also plays water polo. North Reading resident. Hit by a car in October 2011 but fortunately wasn’t hurt.

DANIELLE LIU, Phillips, Junior

At Easterns, tied an 11-year-old school record in 200 IM prelims. Broke mark by almost three seconds in the finals, finishing third in 2:04.34. Set another school standard with her fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:57.04). Swam lead leg of a school-record 400 freestyle relay that came within 1/100th of a second of a New England record (3:31.50). Andover resident. From 2009-11 attended Western Academy of Beijing.

NICHOLAS BERGSTROM, Pinkerton, Junior

Despite having the Meet of Champions snowed out, Bergstrom made the most of his limited statewide opportunities. Moving to freestyle after placing in the butterfly last year, the junior was runner-up in Division 1 in the 50 (22.76) by .05 seconds and fifth in the 100 (50.36). Contributed strong legs to the Astros’ fifth-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

ELISE FREDERICKS, Timberlane, Junior

At Division 1 States, shaved her 50 freestyle seed time by over a second, placing second in 25.24. Proving it wasn’t a fluke, had a 25.33 anchor leg in 200 freestyle relay. Wiped 1.86 seconds off her 100 freestyle standard, finishing as runner-up in 56.77. Posted personal bests in five events this winter. Tri-captain. She and two teammates worked diligently to start up the program a couple years back. Also runs track.

Central’s Kitchen enjoys special season

It will be interesting to see how the Central Catholic swim team adapts to the graduation of David Kitchen. After all, the senior was the personification of Most Valuable Player during the Raiders’ breakout 2012-2013 campaign.

Kitchen substantially improved on a junior season that earned him Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors, highlighted by a super performance in a weather-delayed Division 1 state meet. After setting a school record in 2012 in the 200 IM sectionals and placing sixth in the states, Kitchen entered this year’s race as the third seed and sprinted to the championship. In doing so, he shattered his own record by 1.31 seconds by swimming a 1:58.01.

“I was just going for a personal best in the IM and I ended up winning the event,” Kitchen explained at the time. “Being able to get my personal best and be able to stand at the podium and see my family cheer me on was pretty special.”

Kitchen didn’t stop there, adding a third in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.80).

When it all was done, the MVC tri-MVP had a hand in scoring 54 of Central’s 68 points at the meet. He was the Raiders’ high scorer all four years.

“He’s definitely the best athlete we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said coach Scott Young, who has been at the school since 1999.

The North Andover resident’s athletic family includes sister Bridget Kitchen, a goalie for the NCAA Division 3 champion Trinity lacrosse team.

Former MVPs

2010-12: Jun Oh, Phillips (North Andover); 2006-09: Nick D’Innocenzo, Andover; 2005: Steve Miller, Salem; 2004: Sean Geary, Andover; 2000-03: Brian Fiske, Phillips (Andover); 1999: Kevin Riley, Central;

1998: Kerryn O’Connor, Phillips (Andover); 1997: Kevin Riley, Central; 1996: Katie Kelleher, North Reading; 1994-95: David Green, North Andover; 1993: Sean Goggin, Haverhill; 1992: Brian Mayberry, Andover; 1991: Matt Liberty, Andover

Eagle-Tribune Swimming All-Stars Name School Year Eric Zhao Andover Sr. *David Kitchen Central Catholic Sr. Joe Faller Phillips Jr. Danielle Liu Phillips Jr. Nicholas Bergstrom Pinkerton Jr. Elise Fredericks Timberlane Jr. * -- Eagle-Tribune MVP