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February 12, 2013

Unbeaten H-W swimmer Klobucher ready for final high school meet at states this weekend

The announcement of the Cape Ann League’s Male Swimmer of the Year in 2010 was a significant moment in the athletic career of Andrew Klobucher.

A freshman at the time, Klobucher didn’t take home the award — but knew that one day he would. ‘That’s going to be me in three years,’ he told himself.

Fast forward to this, his senior year, when things came full circle for the 17-year-old Klobucher. As someone who has never lost a single individual event in CAL competition, he was named the CAL’s Male Swimmer of the Year last week.

“I was so happy to receive it. I was speechless,” he said.

Klobucher’s honor was one of three that the Generals’ swim program received this winter. Hamilton-Wenham was awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award while Kristin Murray was named the CAL’s Coach of the Year for the first time in her three seasons there.

“That was a big honor. It was exciting, especially since it’s voted on by the other coaches,” said Murray. “I’m honored they would choose me.”

A two-year captain, Klobucher took first place in his two strongest events — the 100 and 200 meter freestyles — at the CAL Meet and swam a leg in the Generals’ winning 400 and 200 freestyle relays with teammates Megan Weltler, Betsy Powers and Justin Guo.

Although he’s a natural freestyle swimmer, Murray has been able to put Klobucher into whatever event she needed on any given night, depending on Hamilton-Wenham’s needs.

“Those freestyle events are just comfort for him and what he enjoys the most,” said Murray. “I could put him in any event in the meet and he would win it as he has done all (three) years I’ve have coached him. No other kid I’ve been aware of in the past few years has done that. It has to be over 70 races.”

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