February vacation week is anything but a week off for local winter sports athletes and this year’s round of indoor track, swimming and skiing state meets once again produced an abundance of stellar performances.
Here’s a glimpse:
Cheverus’ boys’ swim team had no peer in Class A for the third year in a row. The Stags posted 360 points to finish 100 clear of runner-up Brunswick. Portland (29 points) came in 17th, while Deering (9) was 25th.
The Stags got wins from Kevin Kane in the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 57.66 seconds) and Jacob Griffin in the 50 freestyle (22.19 seconds) and placed two relay teams atop the heap. The 200 freestyle relay (Griffin, Kane, Shane Moore and Michael O’Donovan) was first in 1:29.51. The 400 free relay (Griffin, Kane, Tony Penk and O’Donovan) won in 3:19.31.
O’Donovan was runner-up in both the 200 free (1:41.82) and the 500 free (4:47.14). Griffin finished second in the 100 free (48.97). Moore was third in the 50 free (23.19) and fourth in the 100 free (50.36). Kane placed third in the 100 butterfly (53.96). Penk finished fourth in the IM (2:09.03) and placed eighth in the 500 free (5:10.74). Sam Devine was sixth in the 100 backstroke (58.41). Booway Bikales came in sixth in the 200 free (1:50.09) and was seventh in the 500 free (5:05.23). Thomas Nappo placed seventh in the backstroke (58.84). The 200 medley relay team (Devine, Gustav Anderson, Raymond Le and Moore) wound up fourth (1:46.53).
“We had another great year with our talented group,” said Cheverus coach Kevin Haley. “Kids stepped up this year and scored a lot of points. It took the entire team to get this done. We were weak in the breaststroke and had zero points in diving, but every other event we were strong and kids dropped a lot of time.
“I was very proud of the work ethic these kids put in every day. Coming into this season, they were determined to win the state championship. More importantly, we at Cheverus were blessed with another group of great kids. They learned a lot of great, valuable lessons over this season and they are all very good friends. They continue to represent Cheverus in and out of the pool at its highest level. That’s what I’m most proud of, their integrity and character, because in the end, it’s just a sport to do something for fun, to be with a team. This is an amazing group of kids, most of whom I get back next year.”
The Bulldogs were paced by Eric Worden, who finished seventh in the fly (57.72).
Adam Roland was 11th for the Rams in the breaststroke (1:08.10).
In the girls’ Class A meet, won by Brunswick with 246 points, Cheverus was runner-up with 230, Deering (183) placed fifth and Portland (12) came in 21st.
The Stags were led by runner-up diver Nina Greenwood (341.60 points) and Abby Longstaff, who was second in the 100 free (54.54). Longstaff also placed third in the backstroke (59.13). Courtney Kane was fifth in diving (273.90). Hattie Train finished sixth in the 50 free (26.26). Gabrielle Cholish was seventh in the 100 fly (1:03.89). Sophia Kruse was eighth in the backstroke (1:03.76). In the relays, the 200 medley (Longstaff, Margaret Meserve, Cholish and Train) placed third (1:56.78), the 200 free (Kruse, Carrie Hight, Cholish and Train) was third (1:46.84) and the 400 free (Kruse, Chambers, Train and Longstaff) finished fourth (3:51.85).
The Rams were second to Bangor in the medley relay, as Wyeth Spike, Sofie deOliveira, Mary Cala and Kate Pontius had a time of 1:55.84. Spike was the runner-up in the IM (2:16.33) and placed fifth in the 500 free (5:36.43). Pontius finished second in the 50 free (24.79) and was fourth in the 100 free (55.25). Another second place finisher was deOliveira, who managed that feat in the breaststroke (1:12.78) and also came in sixth in the 200 free (2:04.46) and Cala finished eighth in the fly (1:06.46). Deering also came in third in the 400 free relay (Cala, deOliveira, Spike, Pontius; 3:50.51).
The Bulldogs’ top finisher was Emily Couture, who came in 12th in the backstroke (1:09.71) and 14th in the IM (2:33.84).
In the Class B state meet, the Waynflete boys had 52 points to come in 13th (Cape Elizabeth was first with 275.5). Caleb Levine was sixth in the fly (57.19)
The girls’ meet was won by Greely (350.5). The Flyers were 13th (54), while McAuley (50) placed 14th.
The Lions produced featured Ana Neff-Jendrasko, who won the IM in 2:12.60 and took the backstroke as well in 1:00.52.
The Flyers were led by Kiera MacWhinnie, who was fifth in the fly (1:04.91) and fifth in the 500 free (5:51.90).
At last week’s Class A boys’ state track meet, both Deering and Cheverus impressed.
Falmouth edged Scarborough, 59-56, for first. The Rams (43) came in third, their best showing in three years, while the Stags (29) were sixth. Portland did not score.
The Rams got a win and a new state record from Hany Ramadan in the 400 (49.78 seconds). Ramadan also won the 200 (22.7). Paolo DeMarco placed third in the 400 (52.63) and was third in the 55 hurdles (8.00). Yahye Hussein was fourth in the mile (4:36.65) and seventh in the two-mile (10:17.44). Iid Sheikh-Yusef finished fifth in the two-mile (10:04.04). Deering placed fifth in the 4×200 relay (DeMarco, Ezra Chapola, Jonata Mbongo and Ramadan; 1:36.49)
Cheverus’ top finisher was Jake Dixon, who was second to Ramadan in both the 200 (22.82) and the 400 (50.50), and Jacob Schott, who was second in the high jump (6 feet) and fourth in the triple jump (41-5.25). Gerry Wagner placed seventh in the 400 (53.16).
In the girls’ meet, won by Thornton Academy with 53 points, Cheverus (33) came in fourth, Deering (8) placed 18th and Portland (6) was 20th.
The Stags were led by their first-place 4×800 relay team. Kaitlyn Dostie, Emily Turner, Sarah Mount and Georgia Caso posted a time of 1:07.65. The 4×200 relay (Turner, Milena Opielowski, Katelyn Gendron and Mount) was third (1:53.26). Turner finished third in the 400 (1:02.59). Opielowski was third in the long jump (17-00.50). Mount placed fifth in the 400 (1:02.72). Caso was seventh in the 800 (2:33.71). Gendron finished seventh in the long jump (15-4.5).
The Rams’ points came from Caitlin Lally, who was second in the 400 (1:00.95).
The Bulldogs’ points came from Madison Bolduc, who finished third in the triple jump (35-3).
In the Class B girls’ meet, won by Waterville with 74.83 points, McAuley had 1 point and tied Oceanside for 26th place. That point came from Akech Allolding, who was seventh in the shot put (28-9.5).
Deering’s girls’ Nordic ski team was third at the Class A state meet. The Rams had 117 points to finish behind only Falmouth (40) and Mt. Blue (88). Portland (296) placed ninth.
In the classical race, the Rams placed two girls in the top 10. Leinani Farnsworth was seventh with a time of 20 minutes, 32.3 seconds. Ewa Varney was eighth (20:36.8). The Bulldogs were led by Bea Hesselbart, who came in 11th (21:01.4).
In the freestyle, Varney (third, 17:33.8) and Farnsworth (sixth, 17:53.8) did even better. Hesselbart was 11th again (18:29.7).
Portland’s boys were sixth with 198 points. Falmouth was first with 52.
Brad Ravenelle was eighth in the classical (16:42.3) and eighth in the freestyle (14:24.4). Deering didn’t score as a team, but Caleb Niles had the 14th-best time in the freestyle (14:58.2) and the 15th-fastest time in the classical (17:16.1).
In the Class C Nordic competition, Waynflete’s girls were second to Merriconeag. The Flyers had 130 points, but Merriconeag had 33.
Marijke Rowse was the top individual, coming in ninth in the freestyle (20:25.8). Rowse was also 13th in the classic (22:45.20). Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig finished 11th in the classic (22:36.80) and 13th in the freestyle (21:17.30). Ellie Chidsey was 12th in the classic (22:38.9) and 15th in the freestyle (21:21.3). Abby Pipkin also scored, placing 26th in the classic (24:25.90) and 31st in the freestyle (23:29.70).
On the boys’ side, Waynflete had 166 points to come in fourth (Merriconeag was first with 32).
Willson Moore placed fourth in the classic (16:37.6) and was also fourth in the freestyle (15:38.5). Zander Martin was sixth in the freestyle (15:59.6) and 12th in the classic (18:14.2). Nick Boulos finished 28th in the classic (19:58) and came in 32nd in the freestyle (18:11.3). Peter Michalakes was 39th in the classic (21:11) and 41st in the freestyle (19:51.5).
Waynflete doesn’t have an Alpine time, but a couple girls performed well as individuals. Beata Vest came in fifth in the slalom (48.91 seconds) and was eighth in the giant slalom (49.83). Kelly Frumer was ninth in the GS (50.27) and 10th in the slalom (51.33).
Frumer was fourth in the girls’ skimeister standings.
McAuley’s Akech Allolding throws the shot put during last week’s Class B state indoor track meet. Allolding came in seventh and scored the Lions’ lone point as they tied for 26th.