Kerrigan Hemp continues to make history, and more history could be on the way.
Last year, she became the first Central Catholic athlete to be named Eagle-Tribune Fall Swimmer of the Year and this year she repeated.
If she keeps this up, she could be the first-ever girl swimmer to win four MVPs. Four have been three-time MVPs.
“She had a terrific season and she keeps getting better,” said Central coach Carlton Cronin. “She has the long arms and legs that are perfect for the sport and she’s got a lot of strength.”
The sophomore from Methuen dominated in the high school season for the second straight year, capping it off with another dominating performance at Division 2 States.
Hemp won the 50 freestyle (24.02) and repeated as the champion in the 100 backstroke (56.82). Her time in the 100 backstroke broke the meet record she set last year (57.10). She also set the meet record in the 100 freestyle (52.37) as a freshman.
Both of Hemp’s winning times this fall were faster than the Division 1 winning times.
Hemp raised her GPA above the 3.7 she had as a freshman, and joined the Central Catholic band.
“She had a lot on her plate,” said Cronin.
Hemp has been swimming since she was 6-years-old with the Hurricanes out of Andover and she just keeps getting better. The Hemp name should be around for quite some time because her younger sister Madilyn is also a promising swimmer with the Hurricanes.
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. At Division 1 States, repeated as 200 IM champ (2:05.01), which was more than two seconds faster than year before. Obliterated 500 freestyle field with 5:10.11. Was anchor leg on winning 200 freestyle (1:40.15) and 400 freestyle relays (3:46.21). Also a super breaststroker and sprint freestyler.
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Won Division 1 state title in 100 breaststroke (1:06.66) for second straight year. Finished fifth in 100 freestyle (54.96). Teamed with younger sister on winning 200 medley (1:50.52) and 400 freestyle relays (3:46.21). “Jordan brings humor and spirit each day,” said coach Marilyn Fitzgerald.
Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. At Division 1 States, won 50 freestyle (24.28), for third straight year, took third in 100 freestyle (54.29) and was member of winning 400 and 200 freestyle relays. Andover’s lone captain. Accomplished synchronized swimmer. “She’s one of the most wonderful people ever,” said coach Marilyn Fitzgerald.
After strong Division 1 state meet as a sophomore, Galat dazzled this year. Won 200 freestyle in 1:52.18, more than four seconds faster than the runner-up. She also won the 100 butterfly by nearly three seconds and was on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Older sister Gabrielle swam for Andover.
Missed Division 1 state meet as a sophomore with an injury but made up for it this year. Placed first in the 100 freestyle (53.28), came in second in the 200 IM (2:06.59) and was on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Swims for YMCA of North Shore. Versatile. Favorite events are 400 IM and 200 backstroke. Twin younger sisters, Jacki and Katie, are talented swimmers in 7th grade. Gives swimming lessons on weekends.
Central Catholic Senior
Won Division 2 state title in 100 butterfly in superb time of 56.58 and was second in 50 freestyle (24.43), trailing just Eagle-Tribune MVP Kerrigan Kemp. On two relays which finished fourth. Owns five school records (100 fly, 200 IM and three relays). North Andover resident. MVC Large school MVP. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star.
Andover — Sydney Ho, Jr.; Ashley Grover, Frosh.; Emily Ma, Soph.
Central Catholic — Julia Burke, Sr.; Cecilia Burke, Jr.; Madelaine Freitas, Soph.
Haverhill — Taylor Waligora, Jr.; Meaghan Driscoll, Jr.; Callie Coady, Sr.; Katelyn Quinlan, Jr.; Meg Carroll, Sr.
Methuen-Tewksbury — Kara Davidson, Frosh.; Kyra Donahue, Soph.; Quang Vu, Jr.; Hannah McKenna, Sr.
North Andover — Allison DelMarco, Sr.; Brianna Tocio, Sr.; Caroline Gust, Soph.
2016 — Kerrigan Hemp, Central; 2014-15: Michaela Sliney, Haverhill; 2013: Maeve Awiszus, Andover; 2011/2009: Rachel Moore, Andover; 2010/2012: Maggie D’Innocenzo, Andover; 2008: none; 2006-07: Laura Moriarty, Methuen; 2003-05: Caitlin Doherty, Andover;
2002, 1999-00: Connie Brown, Andover; 2001: Sally Brown, Andover; 1998: Paige Crimmin, Haverhill; 1996-97: Jenna Blongiewicz, Andover; 1995: Kristin Latourelle, Haverhill; 1992-94: Allyson Horgan, Haverhill; 1991: none; 1990: Kristen Hubbell, Andover