By Caroline Barry
This past Friday, the Newton South swim program suffered close losses to a talented Weston team, with the boys’ and girls’ falling 94-92 and 91-82, respectively.
Weston, a DCL powerhouse, barely scraped by South for the win. The close races and scores display huge improvements made by coach Phil Martin in the past few years.
Junior Andrew D’Annolfo, an asset to the South team, has made personal strides since joining the Newton South program his freshman year.
In the 100 meter butterfly, D’Annolfo earned the impressives time of 55.00 seconds and 1:50 minutes in the 200 free. He also swims butterfly for the medley relay, for which he clocked in at 24.20.
“I was very happy with my performance, but I was also incredibly happy with how everyone else performed. We may have lost by two, but we had a fire that I have never seen in all my years here at South,” D’Annolfo said.
Freshman Kate Taylor has also been a key player in her first year swimming for South, leaving both coaches and teammates impressed.
“She brings a strong and determined attitude with every race. Her 500’s in particular stand out. However, you can really put her in any event and she will do extremely well,” junior teammate Emma Wenning said.
As a freshman, Taylor proves that she has a bright future in her career at South and will continue to improve her times.
The Lions’ have two more meets against Acton-Boxborough and Cambridge before the highly anticipated Dual County Meet.