Greely girls win Class B swim title again

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Greely’s girls’ swim team added more hardware to the school’s trophy case by winning the Class B state title last week.

The Rangers tallied 321 points, which edged Cape Elizabeth by seven, as they repeated as Class B champions and made it four titles in seven seasons. Yarmouth (160) came in sixth and North Yarmouth Academy (37) finished 16th.

Greely’s lone first-place finish came from its 200 freestyle relay team (Camilla Civiello, Katie Bacall, Courtney Rog and Lily Black), which had a time of 1 minute, 45.25 seconds. The medley relay (Lauren Williams, Rog, Hwanhee Park and Cat Maker) was runner-up to Cape Elizabeth in 1:53.80. The 400 free relay team (Civiello, Maker, Black and Park) was also second to the Capers in 3:43.53.

Individually, Park placed runner-up in the 100 butterfly (58.77 seconds) and finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.32). Maker was fourth in the 50 free (25.23) and tied Civiello for sixth in the 100 free (56.61). Civiello also finished seventh in the 200 free (2:06.33). Rog was fifth in the breaststroke (1:12.69) and sixth in the 500 free (5:38.48). Williams came in sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:04.61). Julia Bisson finished seventh in diving (250.50 points). Madison Rawnsley placed seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:26.01) and seventh in the fly (1:03.24). Bacall was eighth in the 200 free (2:06.72).

“You can only control what happens in your lane and you swim as fast as you can,” said longtime Greely coach Rob Hale. “You can’t play defense in swimming. You race hard and earn your luck. The girls did exactly that. They swam very well and caught some lucky breaks. At the end, we had a few more points then Cape. We swim that meet 10 times and probably split with them. They beat us by single digits in the conference meet and we edged them by single digits here. It was a meet of youth versus experience. Cape is led by a bunch of freshmen and we are led by seniors. Our sparkplug was Maddie Rawnsley. She had the first big swim of the meet to get us pumped up and on a roll. Seniors Cat Maker, Camilla Civiello and Katie Bacall came up big in two events and two relays each, but Courtney Rog and Hwanhee Park probably shined just a little brighter then the others. They had big-time improvements at key moments in the meet.”

Yarmouth was paced by Eliza Lunt, who was runner-up in the breaststroke (1:08.68) and sixth in the 50 free (25.80). Eleanor O’Gorman came in fourth in the 200 free (2:02.79) and fourth in the backstroke (1:03.00).

The Clippers’ 400 free relay team (O’Gorman, Natalie Bourassa, Eliza Brown and Lunt) was fifth in 3:56.31. The 200 free relay squad (Amanda Murray, Bourassa, Cara Ricciardi and Brown) came in sixth (1:51.36. The medley relay team (O’Gorman, Lunt, Calista McLaughlin and Murray) placed seventh (1:58.38).

The Panthers featured Sonia Lin, who set a new record time in winning the breaststroke in 1:06.15. Lin was second in the 50 free (24.82).

In the boys’ Class B state meet, won by Ellsworth with 362 points, Greely (78) placed ninth, Yarmouth (74) was 10th and Freeport (21) finished 17th.

The Rangers were paced by Connor Rog, who was fourth in the breaststroke (1:04.48) and eighth in the 100 free (51.73).

“While the boys didn’t place as high as the girls, they swam just as well,” Hale said. “Connor Rog and Peter Beretich led a young and inexperienced bunch in a rebuilding process. They leave us in a good spot for the next couple of years.”

The Clippers featured Jack Snyder, who was eighth in the 50 free (23.36) and ninth in the 100 free (52.01). Yarmouth’s 200 free relay (Snyder, Charlie Keefe, Paul McNeil and Braelan Creswell) finished eighth (1:39.64).

The Falcons didn’t field a team, but Drew Michaud was seventh in the backstroke (58.93).

In Class A, Falmouth’s boys finished fifth with 162 points (Cheverus won the title with 339.5). Connor Perron was runner-up in the 200 free (1:48.65) and in the 500 free (4:48.17). Griffin Conley had the fourth-best diving score (196.65). Booway Bikales came in fifth in the 200 free (1:52.98).

The Yachtsmen’s 200 free relay team (Bikales, Hyun Lee, Logan Herodes and Perron) was fifth in 1:37.40. The 400 free relay squad (Bikales, Herodes, Winslow Robinson and Perron) placed sixth (3:33.99).

The Yachtsmen girls tallied 119 points to come in eighth (Brunswick was first with 289). Charlotte Janelle won another diving championship (417.40 points). Grace Perron placed fourth in the 500 free (5:32.45). Falmouth’s 200 free relay team (Keunjoo Kim, Keller Gardner, Blair Legere and Perron) was fourth in 1:47.97. The 400 free relay squad (Kim, Gardner, Legere and Perron) placed eighth (4:01.15).

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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