Girls’ swimming

Athletes of the Year

Rachel Moore

Division 1: Andover, Senior, 100 fly, 100 back
The Division 1 state champion in the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay helped lead Andover to a 12th MIAA state title. Moore owns four state records, and finishes as a 13-time All-American. She's a member of the US Junior National team and will swim at Virginia.

Marisa Reidemeister

Division 2: Bishop Feehan, Freshman, 200 IM, 100 Fly
The youngest swimmer had the biggest impact in the Shamrocks Division 2 state title. But Reidemeister carried the load, winning the state individual title in the 200 IM in 2:09.1 and the 100 butterfly in 58.3. A honor roll student, she also competes for the Bluefish Swim Club.


Sarah Broderick

Haverhill, Junior, 50 free
Broderick set a number of school records at Haverhill this season. She also captured the 50 free state title this year, and finished second in the 100 free. Also owns records in the 100 backstroke and 400 free relay. She competes with Solo Aquatics in the offseason.

Irina Chiulli

Westwood, Junior, Diving
Winning the South sectional diving championship wasn't enough for Chiulli and neither was just winning the state title - she broke a meet record in the process. She was team MVP and a Southern Conference All-Star. She is an honor roll student who competes nationally for Boston Area Diving

Margaret D'Innocenzo

Andover, Junior, 200 IM/500 free
Her list of accomplishments could fill the page, but this season she won a state title in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, as well as the 200 medley relay, and 40 free relay. A high honor student, she has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in four different events

Deborah Daly

Andover, Junior, diving
The Division 1 state diving champion helped lead Andover to a 12th team state title. She also captured the North sectional title this year and is a two-time All-American. She is a high honors student, and competes for Boston Area Diving in the offseason.

Olivia Decas

Bishop Stang, Junior, 50 free
Decas took home the top spot in the 50 freestyle at the Division 2 state meet. She was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that won the state title. Decas' efforts led Stang to a third-place finish at the state meet. She is also a member of the lacrosse team at Stang, and enjoys photgraphy.

Taylor Ellis

Notre Dame (Hingham), Junior, 100 breast, 500 fr
A two-time All-Scholastic, Ellis won a pair of state championships this season for Notre Dame. She captured the top spot in the 100 breaststroke for the second straight year. In the 500 free she outperformed last year's second-place finish to take first.

Ashlee Korsberg

Andover, Junior, 200 & 500 free
Winning is almost expected at Andover but Korsberg continued the tradition, capturing the state title in the 200 and 500 free, as well as the 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay where she is a state record holder. A National Honor Society student, she also plays the cello.

Kaylie O'Connell

Stoneham, Freshman
In her second varsity season, O'Connell took off, winning the Division 2 state title in the 200 free, and finishing second in the 100 butterfly. She was a Middlesex League All-Star and champion in the 500 free. An honor roll student, she also competes in gymnastics.

Caitlin Schofield

Bishop Feehan, Senior, 100 back
Schofield helped lead Bishop Feehan to the Division 2 state team title this season by winning the 100 backstroke in 59.52, after finishing second at the sectional meet. She is also an honor roll student and National Honor Society member who competes with the Shamrock Swim Club.

Caitlin Sheridan

Chelmsford, Sophomore, 100 free
Sheridan helped lead Chelmsford to second place at the state meet earning All-America consideration in both the 100 free, which she won in a thrilling finish, and the 200 IM where she finished second. An honor roll student, she also runs winter track and plays lacrosse.

Kate Vanesse

Westwood, Senior, 100 free
Vanasse helped lead Westwood to fifth place at states finishing, first in the 100 freestyle. She also finished second in the 500 free and holds school records in the 100 back, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay. A National Honor Society member, she's also a winner of a Gold Key award in photography.


200 freestyle

This group of Lions prevented the Andover relay teams from making a clean sweep at states, capturing the top spot in 1:39.19, less than a second in front the Golden Warriors. The quartet was led by its lone senior, three-time All-Scholastic Mary Kate Cohen, who graduates this year as a highly decorated swimmer. Casey Curran, a junior, was an MVC All-Conferene swimmer and has qualified for states twice already in freestyle events. The future is bright, with a pair of sophomores returning. Caitlin Sheridan has already made her mark, winning the 100 free, and taking second in 200 IM at states but will be back looking to add more hardware next year. Jenny Day was also an MVC All-Conference performer and placed second in the 500 free and third in the 200 this year. Individually and as a relay team the Lions will be a tough foe to dethrone next year.

200 freestyle

The first and last events of the state meet are the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay respectively, and fittingly Andover dominated both this year en route to its seventh straight state title. Rachel Moore and Ashlee Korsberg, were the mainstays on both teams. Moore, the Division 1 swimmer of the year won two All-American awards at the state meet, while Korsberg earned a pair of state titles individually herself. Her twin sister Alexa is her partner on the 400 free relay team that holds the state record, and earned All-America honors with a time of 3:28.77, besting the field by eight seconds. The fourth member of the team, Maggie D'Innocenzo, won state titles in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. The 200 medley relay team also included sophomore Maeve Awiszus, who won sectional titles in the 100 backstroke and 50 free. The anchor of the team was Emma Camman, whose final split of 24.68 clinched the title in 1:49.76 nearly five seconds ahead of the competition.

200 medley

Bishop Stang
Continuity was the theme for this group of relay racers as three of the four swimmers competed for both the 200 free and 200 medley relay teams. Decas, Gauvin, and Rose were the mainstays. Olivia Decas, an All-Scholastic and state champion in the 50 free, swam the lead in the 200 medley, and the anchor of the 200 free. Andrea Gauvin, who took second in the 100 breast individually, swam strong splits as the second leg of both teams. Elizabeth Rose, who finished third in the 200 IM and 100 breast, was the anchor of the 200 medley team finishing her split in 24.97. Maria Lopez was the fourth member of the 200 medley team, swimming her split in 26.95, while Roberts swam the opening leg of the 200 free team. With Decas, Rose, and Lopez returning next year the continuity should continue.

coach of the year

Chris Payson

Bishop Feehan
As a student at Bishop Feehan, Payson helped found the swim program he now leads. After three years at the helm he has compiled a 59-1 dual meet record that was punctuated this season with another conference title, a South sectional title, and a Division 2 state championship.

Rebecca Pierce

Diving is another hallmark of Andover's dominance, and Pierce, in her 13th year at Andover, was the leader of a group that saw three divers finish in the top 9 at states. A biology teacher at Greater Lawrence, she is a 1996 graduate of UNH, where she competed in the diving team.


Merrimack Valley
Andover: Maeve Awiszus, Margaret D'Innocenzo, Deborah Daly, Soojin Kim, Alexa Korsberg, Ashlee Korsberg, Rachel Moore, Kate Sullivan. Billerica: Kate Grynkiewicz. Central Catholic: Michelle Galanos, Jackie Russolillo. Chelmsford: Mary Kate Cohen, Jennifer Day, Caitlin Sheridan. Dracut: Kevin Tamayo. Haverhill: Sarah Broderick.

Middlesex (Large)
Belmont: Ellen Osborn. Lexington: Karen Lin, Jane Vogelang, Briony Waite, Helen Zitkovsky. Reading: Amanda Adreani, Erin Daly, Kasey Lamb, Brenna Melanson.

Middlesex (Small)
Stoneham: Kaylie O'Connell. Wakefield: Carlanna Gasdia, Emily Medeiros, Shannon Quirk.

Bishop Feehan: Caitlin Callanan, Caroline Capece, Michelle Lapierre, Maddie Meyers, Marisa Reidemeister, Caitlin Schofield. Bishop Stang: Olivia Decas, Andrea Gauvin, Maria Lopez, Kirby Roberts, Elizabeth Rose. Brockton: Virginia Burns, Megan Golding, Rebecca Golding, Roseangela Merianos, Kelly O'Loughlin. Durfee: Caroline Batista, Grace Borden, Elisha Griffin, Sarah Medeiros, Lindsay Mello. Milford: Maddy Garber. New Bedford: Nikola Backiel, Sarah Coache, Jasmin Hicks, Mara Honohan, Maya Silvia, Aubrey Williams. Notre Dame (Hingham): Taylor Darling, Taylor Ellis, Sarah Jaklitsch. Seekonk: Kaila Greene. Ursuline: Abby Lake. Westwood: Irina Chiulli, Kate Vanesse.