On Dec 3,2016 Jamaican Christian Alberga’s school Phillips Academy (Andover) competed against Choate Rosemary Hall in their first dual meet of the NEPSSA (New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Association) season. It would be prove to be a historic event as the Andover school would claim the 200 short course metres (25 metre ) medley relay record.
The meet which was held on the Choate Rosemary Hall school grounds in Wallingford, Connecticut saw the Andover team of Jack Warden backstroke (27.98),Neil Simpson breaststroke (30.25),Arnold Su butterfly (25.26) and team Captain Christian Alberga freestyle (23.66) set a new mark of 1:47.22. That beat the old record of 1:47.23 set by Deerfield.
Alberga who has committed to attend Williams College this September had the following thoughts about the team’s record performance
“I was pleased with my anchor leg. We had only been training about a week before as a team so I was not a fit as I would’ve liked. It was my first race since March so I was a little nervous going in but I knew that I had to come through for my team. I still have a lot to work on in the execution of my race in terms of starts and turns but it was a good first race. I sent a message to my team a few days before the meet saying that I wanted the record but I knew that it would be a huge challenge. I was extremely pleased and a little surprised that we got it, which was the perfect way to begin my final high school season.”
Christian who will be seeking a place on the Jamaican team to CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago from July 1-6 finished 3rd in the 100 and 50 metre freestyle events with times of 55.40 and 24.56 respectively. Andover would go on to win the contest 104 to 77.