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November 16, 2012

Adopted from China, Denny finds home in Andover, with swim team

Adopted from China, Denny finds home with Andover swim team

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By the time she was in kindergarten, Denny also developed a love for swimming. But at the start she wasn’t racing.

“I did synchronized swimming from kindergarten to fifth grade,” she said. “But the travel became too much and I just got tired of it. I had a friend who was doing swimming, so in the sixth grade I started doing that.

“I was nervous about trying out for the (Andover High) team because some of these girls had been competing their whole lives. But that was the most stressful part. It has been great being on the team.”

Her best meets as a Golden Warrior came this season against Notre Dame and North Andover, where she scored wins in the 500 freestyle and 200 medley relay.

While she will not be competing on Sunday, she is excited to be at the school as a member of the powerhouse team.

“I am super excited,” she said.

“This is what we have been working for. We want another title. I won’t be swimming, but I will have as much fun cheering.”

And while she has not yet chosen a college, Denny hopes to visit one destination close to her heart.

“I want to go back to China and maybe visit the orphanage I lived in,” she said.

“I went to China once in the fifth grade, but did not have a chance to go back to my orphanage. I want to study abroad in college, so maybe I will study in China.”

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