Blair wins butterfly; Brunswick 4th
ORONO — The University of Maine at Orono was the site of Tuesday’s State Class A Boys Swimming Championships, with Bangor High School repeating what the Ram girls accomplished on Monday with a Class A title.
Bangor, which won its sixth consecutive championship, scored 384 points to easily outdistance runner-up Cheverus, which had 280 points. Cape Elizabeth was in third ( 245.5 points) with Brunswick, behind a first-place showing by Joey Blair in the 100 butterfly, in fourth (193).
“I thought a top-five finish was a reasonable goal,” said Brunswick coach David Bright. “Across the board the kids swam well, with many swimming their fastest times.”
Massabesic (164) was fifth, with Windham (161), Morse (122), Deering (120), Scarborough (94) and South Portland (84) rounding out the top 10.
Blair touched in 52.81 (school record), just ahead of Bangor’s David Smallwood (52.99) to rise to the top of the podium. Blair finished sixth in the 100 backstroke in 56.81, with teammate Dan Jacques earning 11th in 1:02.42.
“It was certainly a tough field, and Joey was able to beat the defending champion (Smallwood),” said Bright. “It was Joey’s best event coming in and he certainly worked hard to improve on it. It was a great race.”
The day started well for the Dragons, as the team of Jacques, Charlie Nau, Blair and Eric Wiese finished third in the 200-medley relay, with the squad of Albin Werwaiss, Kyle Bauer, Otto Werwaiss and Jake Olsen touching in fifth for Morse.
Brunswick’s Henry Ditzel scored twice individually, taking third in the 200 freestyle (1:53.38) and fourth in the 500 free (5:12.18). He also helped the Dragons to fifth in the 200-free relay, along with teammates Jacques, Jacob Cost and Wiese in 1:37.46, and ninth in the 400-free relay (Blair, Cost, Jacques, Ditzel, 3:37.10)
Other point-getters for Brunswick were Wiese (50 free, 23.63, fifth; and 100 breaststroke, ninth, 1:06.05), Cost (100 backstroke, 58.91, ninth), Ezra Rogers (diving, 207.75 points, 10th) and Nau (100 breaststroke, 11th, 1:11.00).
“We did well in the relays, and the funny thing was we had a slow swim in the morning during the 400-free relay to slip into the consolation round, and even through we had the sixth-fastest swim in the evening, we finished ninth because you can’t move up,” said Bright.
Morse scored in all three relays. The 400-free relay of Olsen, Bauer, Otto Werwaiss and Albin Werwaiss took sixth ( 3: 38.20), while the 200 free was 11th (1:43.22, Bauer, Otto Werwaiss, Drew Ceglinski, Paden Stanton).
Individually, the Shipbuilders’ top performances came from Olsen, who finished third in the 50 free ( 22.83) and fourth in the 100 free (49.79). Josh Valentine (10th, 500 free, 5:32.45), Bauer (11th, 200 free, 2:00.07), Albin Werwaiss (13th, 100 free, 54.57) and Wesley McKenna (16th, 200 free, 2:11.62) scored.
“The meet went pretty well for us, with good times, plus scoring in all three relays was a good result,” said Morse coach Todd Marco. “We thought at the beginning of the season we would finish higher than seventh, but as the season went on and the state meet approached we predicted a similiar finish. The kids adapted well to their busy schedules, with many of them swimming in some big Y meets soon.”
Mt. Ararat scored six points to finish 21st on the day. Ben Wade took 15th in the 200 free (2:10.34), while the 200-medley relay (Tim Prindall, Alex Cornwall, Wade, Jameson Bryant, 2:05.24) and 200- free relay (Prindall, Cornwall, Bryant, Wade, 1:45.85) squads each took 16th.