WESTFIELD, NJ — Erin McAndrew helped to propel the Westfield High School girls' varsity swim team to a win over top ranked Scotch Plains and Summit in the Union County Championship Saturday.
McAndrew was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relays while also individually placing in the top five of both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, her coach said. The 17-year-old senior is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.
“We were behind Summit a couple of points at the beginning of the meet, but we swam really hard and as the meet went on, we improved and got our score back up to win,” McAndrew said.
Head swim coach Steven Whittington has taken note. “Erin missed last year's county meet due to illness but came back really strong this year,” Whittington said.
McAndrew said teammates cheered on their fellow swimmers throughout the entire competition — whether they are winning or not.
“I just love the team so much,” she said. “We’re always just cheering each other on, and we’re so supportive. Every time I get up to race, I see my teammates cheering for me.”
McAndrew has been swimming competitively for 11 years, starting with the Westfield Area YCMA’s Devilfish, a club sport she continues to participate in.
What does she enjoy most about swimming?
“Really it’s my teammates,” McAndrew said. “I’ve made so many friends with this sport. Practice is fun every single day: just being with them, and I love how supportive everyone is of each other.”
McAndrew is headed to Penn State University next year, where she intends to focus her efforts on the sciences and mathematics while participating in swimming as a club sport.
“I’ve always really liked math and science — especially biology,” she said.
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