By Michael Hoffer
The swimming postseason began last weekend when the North Yarmouth Academy Panthers and Yarmouth Clippers competed against 11 other schools in the south division Southwesterns in Cape Elizabeth.
The Yarmouth girls had the most success, finishing fourth with 146 points. Sanford was first with 204 points, one better than Kennebunk. NYA placed seventh with 102 points.
The Clippers won the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Adrian Copeland, junior Melissa Agro, freshman Cathy Agro and junior Abbey Ridge had a time of 2:00.50. Yarmouth was sixth in the 200 freestyle relay as junior Chantel Albert, sophomore Julie Dursema, junior Kayla Harrison and junior Caitlyn Planer had a time of 2:03.42.
Individually, there were plenty of highlights. Ridge was runner-up in both the 50 free (26.68 seconds) and the breaststroke (1:11.51). Copeland placed third in the backstroke (1:08.71) and ninth in the 200 free (2:18.55). Cathy Agro finished third in the 100 butterfly (1:07.95) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:27.69) Melissa Agro was fourth in the 200 free (2:10.79) and fifth in the breaststroke (1:16.27). Planer was sixth in the fly (1:11.48) and 11th in the 200 free (2:20.27).
font-family:Verdana “The girls had an excellent meet despite small numbers,” said Yarmouth coach Libby McConnell. “Both teams are in great
position for the upcoming state meet. We’re looking forward to some really fast
NYA’s top relay team was its 400 free squad. Sophomore Alison Znamierowski, junior Christine Reighley, junior Kalley Hansel and junior Rachel Clegg were third in 4:16.30. The Panthers were sixth in the medley relay (sophomore Alicia Hoffman, Reighley, Znamierowski and junior Katrina Paige; 2:17.70) and placed 10th in the 200 free relay (sophomore Anna Jaeger, senior Sarah Kaminow, sophomore Charlotte Briggs and sophomore Christina Reese; 2:29.76).
Individually, Kaminow won the diving competition with 282.85 points. Clegg was runner-up in the 200 free (2:06.02) and finished third in the breaststroke (1:11.61). Znamierowski placed eighth in the fly (1:15.94). Paige finished ninth in the 500 free (7:05.24). Hoffman was 11th in the fly (1:26.21) and 12th in the backstroke (1:18.75). Reighley finished 12th in the IM (2:52.57).
“The race of the night went to the 400 freestyle relay team,” said NYA coach Dan Edwards. “The individual contributions were really impressive.”
In the boys’ meet, won by Massabesic with 250 points, NYA was seventh with 102 and Yarmouth came in 10th with 56.
The Panthers had a solid showing in the medley relay as sophomore Nicolas Kaminow, junior Trey Milam, senior Ian Nichols and senior Evan Siepert were second to Massabesic in 1:53.68.
Nichols won the 50 free (22.39) and the breaststroke (1:00.04). Kaminow finished fourth in the backstroke (1:03.75) and seventh in the fly (1:07.48). Milam finished fourth in the 500 free (5:38.66) and was eighth in the breaststroke (1:13.88). Siepert placed fifth in the 50 free (25.17).
“Every swimmer registered a personal best time during the meet,” Edwards said. “They’re a great group of kids across the board adn they’ve worked really hard to earn the improvements they demonstrated over the weekend.”
Yarmouth’s top relay was its medley team. Seniors Ben Mitchell, Jordan Lajoie, Adam Copeland and Brendan Canfield were fifth in 2:04.52. The 200 free squad (senior Sam Masse, junior Joe Romo, sophomore Andrew DiMarco and freshman Dan Grover) placed ninth (1:58.25).
Jordan came in fifth in the 200 free (2:07.73). Lajoie placed sixth in the breaststroke (1:10.79). Copeland finished ninth in the fly (1:07.86). Mitchell was 11th in the 500 free (6:49.15) and 12th in the butterfly (1:10.72). Canfield placed 12th in the 50 free (26.32). Grover was 12th in the breaststroke (1:19.53).
“We had some great swims and a lot of personal bests,” McConnell said.
Elsewhere, Falmouth split at Deering in its regular season finale. The girls won 111-59 and the boys lost 137-27. Greely closed its regular season with a home meet against Portland Tuesday (too late for this edition).
The Yachtsmen and Rangers will take part in the north division Southwesterns this Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls) in Westbrook. Friday’s meet begins at 5:30 p.m. The girls start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The boys meet should be a tight one between Greely, Scarborough, Cheverus and Westbrook. Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth are favored on the girls’ side.
Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org