Klobucher had an inkling pretty early on this season that his senior campaign could be something special. He not only led the Generals to a 5-1 record in CAL meets and won the league’s most distinguished male honor, but will also compete with H-W teammate Eric Baumeister at Harvard this weekend at states.
“I’m excited ... but also kind of sad because it’s really my last high school swim meet,” said Klobucher. “I’m going in and trying to enjoy it, but I also want to swim really fast.”
His swimming career won’t end on Sunday, though. Long a successful swimmer for the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks swim program, Klobucher hopes to swim next year at a Division 3 college while studying aeronautical engineering.
His smarts are just one of the many things that have impressed Murray, whose first season as H-W head coach came during Klobucher’s sophomore year.
“In the three years I’ve had him, Andrew’s kind of come out of his shell a little. He’s a quiet kid who’s definitely matured as a strong
leader,” said Murray. “He 100 percent leads by example. That’s really helpful in high school when you can lead by example, be at every
practice, support your teammates and swim wherever you’re put without arguing.”
Under her guidance, the Generals have now won the CAL Sportsmanship Award all three years that Murray’s been at the helm.
It’s something the 42-year-old takes more pride in than her own Coach of the Year honor.
“The kids know that,” she acknowledged. “Other coaches may roll their eyes at that, but I’m a mother and as a coach, I’d say that comes into play. They may not be athletes for the rest of their lives, but you want them to be good people. It’s nice to have parents of kids on other teams come up to me and say what a great group I have. I’m just as proud of that as us coming in second place.”