Central Catholic Raiders Girls Swimming '11

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 04:15 PM @ Neutral Location
Team Final
Andover 481
Haverhill 154
Methuen 72
Central Catholic 0

Moore goes out in style, Andover wins state meet

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Saturday, November, 19 By Christopher Smith
Staff writer

CAMBRIDGE — Rachel Moore shed a few tears while huddling with teammates Ashlee Korsberg, Alexa Korsberg and Maggie D'Innocenzo before swimming the 400 freestyle relay yesterday.

She knew it was her last high school race. 

“This team has been my family for the past four years,” she said.

Moore was nothing short of spectacular in her final high school swim meet.

The Andover senior, who will swim at the University of Virginia next year, won the 100 butterfly (54.27) and 100 backstroke (54.58). 

She also helped the Andover 200 medley relay (1:49.76) and 400 freestyle relay (3:28.77) earn victories. 

Andover won the girls Division 1 state swimming and diving championship at MIT yesterday with 481 points — 208 more points than second place Chelmsford.  

“To win it and swim my last race, it’s bittersweet,” Moore said. 

Moore swam All-American automatic times in both individual events. She and the 400 freestyle relay team earned an All-American automatic time.

Since Moore was a freshman, she has reminded Andover swim coach Marilyn Fitzgerald of her granddaughter Connie Brown, a 2003 Andover grad who became an All-American swimmer at the University of Texas.  

“She (Brown) was All-American every time she swam and the first time (Moore) got in on a relay — the medley relay when she was a freshman — I went, ‘Oh, my Goodness! I’ve got Connie back,'” Fitzgerald said. “So there is no way to explain how much she will be missed. Every time she gets in the pool, those are automatic first-place points. And that’s very hard to replace.”

Moore did not set any individual personal bests yesterday but she did better than she thought she would.

“Given I’ve missed some much training this fall between my trip to Japan in September and all my college visits,” Moore said.  

Moore was a member of the National Club Swimming Association Junior National team that swam in Osaka, Japan. 

Moore took third place in the 100 freestyle in Japan. She also was on the 400 freestyle relay team that won a gold medal. 

“It was an amazing experience and it made me come back here and realize that everything is for the team as much as it looks like an individual sport,” she said. 

Freshman year does not seem that long ago for Moore. 

“I remember walking through the door (to the pool for the first time) and on the day the team was announced, I remember sitting in the bleachers when Mrs. Fitz was talking to us, telling us how big of a honor it was to swim for the Andover swim and dive team,” Moore said. “I remember her telling us that it was going to be the best four years of our life.” 

D'Innocenzo wins big

Andover junior swimmer Maggie D'Innocenzo won the 200 IM (2:02.53) and the 100 breaststroke (1:03.72). 

Both were All-American automatic times. 

“It (the 200 IM) was definitely a stressful race because I know that Caitlin Sheridan, the girl from Chelmsford, was gunning for a cut time and so I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy race,” she said.  

Sheridan came in just under 2 seconds behind D'Innocenzo. 

Daly wins diving 

Andover’s Deborah Daly won the diving competition with 479.80 points. It was her first individual win at states in her career.  

“I won sectionals last week and that was a huge deal to me because I thought I was going to come in second,” she said. “Going into this meet, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I feel like I could have started out a little stronger but I pulled through. So I’m happy with how I did and the win is just the icing on the cake.”

Haverhill winner 

Haverhill junior Sarah Broderick earned her first win at states in her high school career. She won the 50 freestyle in 23.85. 

Broderick’s time was All-American consideration. 

She finished just ahead of Methuen’s Scott DelRossi (23.93). 

“I thought he got me,” Broderick said. “But at the end, when I heard my team cheering, it was just an awesome feeling.” 

Korsberg wins

Andover junior Ashlee Korsberg won the 200 freestyle (1:51.69) and 500 freestyle (4:53.56). 

She earned All-American consideration in both events.

“I’ve been working pretty hard this season to get here so I’m pretty excited,” she said. 

Game Statistics:

Team results: 1. Andover 481; 2. Chelmsford 273; 3. Acton-Boxborough 247; 7. Haverhill 154; 9. Methuen 72 

Local winners:

200 medley relay: 1. Maeve Awiszus, Ashlee Korsberg, Rachel Moore, Emma Cammann (Andover), 1:49.76; 5. Haverhill 1:55.41; 200 freestyle: 1. Ashlee Korsberg, Andover, 1:51.69; 4. Soojin Kim Andover, 1:56.24; 5.  Alison Murtagh, Andover, 1:57.88; 200 IM: 1. Maggie D'Innocenzo, Andover, 2:02.53; 3. Alexa Korsberg, Andover, 2:10.45; 7. Samantha Hall, Andover, 2:15.14; 50 freestyle: 1. Sarah Broderick, Haverhill, 23.85; 2. Scott DelRossi, Methuen, 23.93; Diving:  1. Deborah Daly, Andover, 479.80; 4. Leigh Freeman, Haverhill, 392.00; 8. Michele Galanos, Central Catholic, 373.15; 100 butterfly: 1. Moore, Andover, 54.27; 4. Alexa Korsberg, Andover, 59.37; 7. Jacqueline Russolillo, Central Catholic, 1:00.99; 100 freestyle: 2. Broderick, Haverhill, 51.81; 5. Kim, Andover, 54.72: 8. Cammann, Andover, 55.07; 500 freestyle: 1. Ashlee Korsberg, Andover, 4:53.56; 3. Murtagh, Andover, 5:12.03; 4. Montanna Valler, Andover, 5:14.95; 6. Hall, Andover, 5:19.13; 8. Kelly Lennon, Methuen, 5:22.47; 200 freestyle relay: 2. Andover 1:39.47; 8. Methuen 1:44.06; 100 backstroke: 1. Moore, Andover, 54.58; 3. Awiszus, Andover, 59.01; 100 breaststroke: 1. D'Innocenzo, Andover, 1:03.72; 5. Kathryn Sullivan, Andover, 1:09.71; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Ashlee Korsberg, Alexa Korsberg, D'Innocenzo, Moore (Andover) 3:28.77; 6. Haverhill 3:41.54 




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