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Freshman Chokureva sets two state records, leads Andover to sixth strait Division 1 title

CAMBRIDGE — One is a freshman, already rewriting the state’s record books.
 
The other is a senior, who already contributed to three state champions, set on closing her career out with a bang.
 
On Sunday, both delivered dominant days to keep Andover firmly atop the Massachusetts swim world.
 
Freshman Michaela Chokureva set two state records, senior Emily Clements added two more individual titles and they teamed for a pair of relay victories, as Andover High surged to its sixth straight MIAA Division 1 Swim Championships title on Sunday at MIT.
 
The Golden Warriors cruised to the crown — their first since legendary head coach Marilyn Fitzgerald retired following last fall — with 456.5 points, far out-distancing No. 2. Needham (256 points).
 
“It’s amazing!” said Clements. “Our senior class finished 60-0. It never gets old winning state titles. The emotions of the team really get you excited. When everyone, no matter what they did, comes together to celebrate a title, it’s is so special.”
In her first state meet, Chokureva delivered a historic day. 
First, the youngster set the state record in the 50 freestyle with a 22.18, breaking the previous mark set by former Andover star Rachel Moore in 2011 (23.37).
Less than an hour later, Chokureva again etched her name to the record books, setting a new state mark in the 100 freestyle in 50.09, breaking the old mark of 50.19.
“I am very shocked!” said Chokureva. “I had no idea I could set a state record, and definitely not two. But it feels so good. I was very confident, because I felt like I could swim my best times. But not set records. 
“In the 50 free there was a mishap (with the starting gun) at the beginning. But that motivated me to swim faster. When they announced it was a state record, I was shocked. In the 100 free, I really wanted to get my best time. I was so happy about swimming a 50.19, but I had no idea it was going to be a state record.”
While Chokureva may not have been anticipating a record, first-year co-head coach Patty Barrett was less surprised.
“We knew early on, when she first joined the team, that she was very strong,” said Barrett. “Looking at the meet program going into today, I did tell her I thought she had the chance to break the records. She was unbelievable.”
Also adding a huge day was four-year varsity standout Clements, who won titles in the 200 IM (2:06.57) and 100 backstroke (56.29).
“As a sophomore I won the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, but I didn’t win last year,” said Clements. “I definitely wanted (an individual title) this year. As a senior, I wanted it a little more. I had never own a title in the 100 backstroke. Me and my teammate, Emily Ma (second, 2:10.48), did it together, so that was really special.”
Chokureva, Clements and Ma also teamed with Polina Malinovskaya to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.84) and Charlotte Moulson to take the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.50).
 “The girls really stepped up with great swims and great dives, and it’s great to celebrate another title,” said co-head coach Becky Pierce, a longtime Andover assistant. “Michaela was absolutely incredible, Emily works so hard, and we are so proud of her. Everyone did so well, and it really never gets old.”
AMUAN SETS RECORD
Defending Eagle-Tribune MVP Malia Amuan of North Andover was back in record-setting form on Sunday.
The sophomore won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.32, breaking a 1-year-old state record (1:49.00 by Ashley Loomis of Franklin).
Amuan then showed off her versatility by setting a meet record in the 500 freestyle in 4:53.56, beating the No. 2 finisher by 15 seconds.
“It feels really good to win,” said Amuan, who won the 200 and 100 freestyles last year. “I’ve really been focusing on the 200 and 500 frees this high school season to try to get best times. I was very excited with the results.”
Is it tough for her to follow her MVP season of a year ago?
“I don’t want to worry about pressure,” she said. “High school swimming is about fun for me, and doing it with my team. It was a good day.”
SIMARD RULES DIVING
After finishing third as a freshman, Haverhill sophomore Cailey Simard won the Division 1 state title in the diving.
Simard finished with 450.25 points, well ahead of No. 2 Ellie Wilson of Needham (387.65).
“It’s super exciting,” said Simard. “It’s been a lot of hard work. I felt like I could win, but you never know what’s going to happen. So I’m really happy.”
Simard controlled the meet from the start. She led by 27 points after the preliminary round, and 35 points following the semifinals.
“My dives were really clean,” she said. “I think my inward dive the was the best. After the first five dives I felt like I had it. It was so much fun and so exciting. All the hard work paid off.”
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Andover wins 11th straight North title

Behind a dominant performance by Emily Clements, Andover swimming made it 11 straight North titles Sunday night.

Clements won four goal medals, leading the Golden Warriors to the team title at the North Sectional Swim Meet at Boston University. A year after winning the North crown by just 11 points, Andover rolled to 463 points this fall, besting No. 2 Central Catholic (256 points).

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Andover wins 11th straight North title

Behind a dominant performance by Emily Clements, Andover swimming made it 11 straight North titles Sunday night.

Clements won four goal medals, leading the Golden Warriors to the team title at the North Sectional Swim Meet at Boston University. A year after winning the North crown by just 11 points, Andover rolled to 463 points this fall, besting No. 2 Central Catholic (256 points).

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Girls Swimming, 11/11/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover rolls to MVC Meet title

The head coach may be different, but the story was the same for the Andover High swim team on Sunday.

The Golden Warriors earned seven individual or relay victories, rolling to the Merrimack Valley Conference championship title at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  

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Girls Swimming, 11/03/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Simard tops diving

 

Haverhill sophomore Cailey Simard scored an impressive 458.15 to romp to the 11-dive title at the MVC Dive Invitational. Improving teammate Sophia Lundgren was a distant second with a 371.80.

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Girls Swimming, 10/26/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

MVC champs

Methuen-Tewksbury swimming clinched its second straight MVC Division 2 title with a 99-79 victory over Lowell. Kyra Donahue led the Red Rangers, winning the 50 freestyle (26.44) and 100 freestyle (57.97) and swimming on the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Callie DeLano won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and swam on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

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Girls Swimming, 10/24/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

MVC champs

Methuen-Tewksbury swimming clinched its second straight MVC Division 2 title with a 99-79 victory over Lowell. Kyra Donahue led the Red Rangers, winning the 50 freestyle (26.44) and 100 freestyle (57.97) and swimming on the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Callie DeLano won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and swam on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

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Girls Swimming, 10/24/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover sinks A-B

 

Acton-Boxboro usually gives the Andover swim team a good test, but not this year as the Golden Warriors won all but one event in a 103-81 victory. Freshman Michaela Chokureva won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and was on two winning relays to lead the way for the unbeaten Warriors (11-0).

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Girls Swimming, 10/22/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Donahue

 

Senior captain Kyra Donahue won the 50 and 100 freestyle (59.27) and anchored two winning relays as Methuen/Tewksbury whipped Stoneham 97-68 to improve to 6-3 on the year. Another senior, Ava Facella, was also on two winning relays and placed first in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.  

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Girls Swimming, 10/21/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Good day for Donahue

Kyra Donahue celebrated senior day in style. The senior swimmer from Methuen was in on four event wins to lead the Methuen/Tewksbury swim team to a 101-77 win over Dracut. She won the 50 freestyle (26.50) and the 100 butterfly (1:06.32), and was also in on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay.

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Girls Swimming, 10/18/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Donahue triple

Kyra Donahue was in on three victories and Lex Flores led  a sweep of the diving as Methuen-Tewksbury swimming edged Billerica, 94-89.

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Girls Swimming, 10/11/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Historic win for Methuen

The Methuen-Tewksbury co-op swim team led Haverhill by a close margain heading into the final event, but the 400 freestyle relay team of Katie Lefebvre, Ava Facella, Callie DeLano and Kyra Donahue won in 4:13.40 to help the Rangers to a 102-84 match win. According to Rangers coach Jason Smith, it is the first time the program has beat Haverhill since he took over in 2003 and, "it might be the first time ever."

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Methuen romps

 

Callie DeLano and Samantha DeNaro both won two events and were on two winning relays as Methuen/Tewksbury whipped Notre Dame 91-72.

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Girls Swimming, 09/27/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Williams paces rout

Eliza Williams won both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was on the winning 200 IM relay as the unbeaten Andover swimming team won every event in a 105-67 rout of Lowell.

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Much of Ma

 

Emily Ma placed first in both the 100 freestyle (57.21) and 100 backstroke to high light Andover's 97-81 win over Belmont.

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