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January 20, 2013

Moynihan Scholar-Athlete: Andover's Korsberg fired up to be swimming at Harvard

Legendary Andover coach raves about Harvard-bound Korsberg

Andover High swimming coach Marilyn Fitzgerald is effusive with her praise of Ashlee Korsberg.

“All-American swim capabilities aside, Ashlee has become the most committed and focused student-athlete I have coached in more than 40 years,” said the legendary coach.

Korsberg ranks with the greats to come out of Andover. Coupled with her academic accomplishments — National Honor Society student ranked in the top 10 percent of her class — Korsberg was going to be quite a catch for some top program.

Notre Dame and Dartmouth came at her hard but she decided to follow in her sister Kristi’s footsteps and swim at Harvard.

“Harvard was my favorite,” said Korsberg, the Moynihan Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November. “I was just hoping I could get in. I’m just really excited. I worked really hard through high school to get good grades and with my swimming.”

Long nights were the rule rather than the exception.

“During the high school swim season, I went to bed after 12 almost every night. I had so much work to do,” said Korsberg, a four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star and four-time All-Scholastic.

Fitzgerald said, “Ashlee long ago realized it takes an indomitable will and an ability to put forth a level of work few are willing to do in order to be successful at the level she has achieved in and out of the classroom.”

Athletic ability runs in the family. Kristi went on to captain Harvard her senior year (2011) and Ashlee’s twin sister, Alexa, was another standout in the pool. She’ll be continuing her career at Division 3 power Kenyon College in Ohio.

The Korsbergs’ cousins, the Zahoruikos of North Andover, have made names for themselves in soccer, lacrosse, basketball, skiing, hockey and football.

Ashlee found out early on swimming was her sport.

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