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High schools

Andover opens title defense in swimming

Andover coach Marilyn Fitzgerald has been coaching long enough — 23 years by her estimate — that she knows there’s a long way between September and the MIAA state swim championships in November.

Andover won its opener Friday, beating visiting Notre Dame of Tyngsboro, 96-79, but the score didn’t change Fitzgerald’s opinion of her team, which won its 13th state title in 14 years last fall.

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