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November 17, 2013

Andover's Awiszus saves best meet for last, wins two state titles

BOSTON — Maeve Awiszus had never won an individual event at the state swim meet during her first three years at Andover High so her goal throughout her senior season was to win just one.

She did one better yesterday, tying for first in the 500 freestyle (5:05.72) and winning the 100 backstroke (59:14).

Awiszus was the lone local winner to win an event at the Division 1 meet. She helped Andover — which entered yesterday’s competition having won four straight Division 1 team titles — to a second-place finish with 278.5 points. The Golden Warriors finished well behind first-place Chelmsford (381.5 points).

“She has been an All-American with the kids that graduated (last year),” Andover coach Marilyn Fitzgerald said about Awiszus. “But because they were seniors and so powerful, she (Awiszus) never really had the chance to (take) her first place. Because first of all, she never got to swim the 500 before, which has been one of her favorite events.

“So one of her goals this year was to swim the 500 at sectionals and states,” Fitzgerald added. “To swim it and win it — today was her day. And she did save the best for last. Final meet, two first-places. Her goal all year was to win one event at states and she turned around and one two.”

Awiszus will swim at Central Connecticut State University next year.

“It’s just really exciting to end on a positive note,” she said. “My best event is the 100 back. But the 500 was something different and it was exciting to win that.”

BEST FRIENDS

Awiszus’ best friend is Andover senior Soojin Kim who finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:56:15).

Kim was seeded fourth in the 200 entering the day.

“My goal for all my events was just to place where I was seeded so to move up was absolutely exciting,” Kim said.

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