Acton-Boxborough girls swim and dive against talented teams from Andover and Needham
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acton-Boxborough women’s swim and dive team held their first home meet in more than two years on Tuesday night.
The AB defeated Andover, who has won the Division I girls’ swimming and diving title for the past 16 years.
AB finished first in the 200 medley yard relay and 200 freestyle relay, demonstrating the depth of the team’s talent this year. Freshman Isabela Teixeira led the team in depth winning both the 200 freestyle and 500 free and anchoring the winning relay in the 200 freestyle, made up of Caroline Tyrrell, Bella Jiang and Emma Lent.
Returning seniors Rachel Tsang, Sophie Hua, Sophie Juethner, Claudia Huang, Camille Aguilar and Sarah Verner bring invaluable leadership skills to the team. The senior swimmers are joined by veteran diving duo of seniors Avery Bischoff and Delaney Sullivan, both of whom have scored in the top three for diving in their first three regular season meetings.
The freshmen had an immediate impact on the team by providing points at all levels in a variety of individual and relay events. A strong first-year class, along with returning second-year and junior swimmers, gives the team the depth they need to be successful in the pool.
Third year head coach Gretchen Turner noted that “we have a strong team of swimmers and divers who do an amazing job supporting each other and doing their best in every competition. One of the biggest challenges this season is finding swimmers to fill the events left vacant by the graduates. We are constantly reviewing our rosters to find the best combinations and the best swim for each swimmer. “
In their second meeting of the season, Acton-Boxborough beat a very strong Needham team. Bischoff, Sullivan and Camille Robbe gave the team a fantastic start taking the first, second and fourth places in the diving competition.
AB’s 200 QN relay team of Tiexeria, Lent, Tsang and Juethner took first place; and Chelsea team Zhou, Katie Crowley, Emily Zhou and Jiang took third place, setting the stage for the remainder of the competition.
During this tied competition, Acton-Boxborough called on 12 swimmers to perform individual state competition cups for the first time this season.
AB’s next meet is against Lexington High School on Friday at 4:45 p.m. in his home pool.