CAMBRIDGE — With a long history of success, Andover grabs a lot of the headlines where swimming is concerned.
Sarah Broderick was determined to claw her way into the spotlight.
The Haverhill High senior fulfilled her lofty goals at yesterday’s Division 1 state meet by repeating as 50-yard freestyle champion and adding a title in the 100 backstroke.
She joined Andover’s Maggie D’Innocenzo and Chelmsford’s Caitlin Sheridan as the only double winners in the meet.
“That was my goal going in,” Broderick said. “I had tough competition so I knew it was going to be rough. I’m just happy it turned out the way I wanted it to.”
“Sarah was absolutely fantastic,” said Hillies head coach Rick Battistini. “She stepped up and raced great in the 50 free, then her effort in the backstroke was just amazing.”
A fast start gave Broderick all the adrenaline she needed.
“I started doing pretty well in the backstroke in the (200 medley) relay,” said a humble Broderick, who turned over the lead to her teammate after that initial leg as the Hillies finished third. “That got me excited and pumped up for my other races.”
After holding off state 100 freestyle record-setter Virginia Burns of Brockton to win the 50, then edging Methuen’s Rachelle Gauvin to take the 100 backstroke, Broderick surged from the blocks for a two-second lead after her initial leg in the 400 freestyle relay. Haverhill came in fourth in the day’s final event.
“In the relays, every single time out we try to break the school record,” said Broderick. “That’s what we say to ourselves, and (yesterday) we broke the medley record and I think the 400 freestyle record, too, so it worked out.
“I’m really satisfied with all four years of my high school career. I’m just so happy that I did so well.”