Greely boys' swimming wins fifth straight state title
It's hard to believe that toward the end of the last decade, the Greely boys' swim team was being alluded to as a bridesmaid.
Now, all the Rangers do is win state championships.
Last week, Greely made it five Class B crowns in a row by tallying 289 points to hold off Morse by 26. Yarmouth (92) came in ninth.
The Rangers were sparked by swimmer of the meet, Jonathan Dunnett, who won the 200 individual medley in a new school record time of 1 minute, 57.14 seconds, breaking a mark which stood since 1980, and the 100 butterfly in a new school record of 52.30 seconds, breaking his own mark. Dunnett also teamed with Jack Benoit, Griffin Fluet and Connor Russell to win the 200 medley relay (1:42.38) and with Connor Rog, Ryan Plante and Benoit on a runner-up 400 freestyle relay (3:29.77).
Benoit won the 100 backstroke (56.05) and was third in the 100 free (50.34). Plante finished fourth in the 100 free (50.59) and fourth in the backstroke (58.28). Fluet came in fourth in the breaststroke (1:04.82) and sixth in the fly (57.20). Rog placed seventh in the IM (2:11.12) and eighth in the 500 free (5:24.94). Russell was eighth in the breaststroke (1:07.33).
Greely's 200 free relay (Plante, Fluet, Rog and Russell) placed third (1;36.71).
"What a swan song by our seniors," said longtime Rangers coach Rob Hale. "For the past three years, these seniors have controlled Class B swimming. It wasn't until this year we presented a challenge. Morse moved back to Class B and they didn't arrive quietly. If the streak was going to continue, everyone had to contribute and be on and boy were we on. We had 100 percent best times by 11 swimmers and that carried us to the championship."
Yarmouth's Ethan Nightingale was runner-up in the backstroke (56.99) and seventh in the 50 free (23.57).
The Clippers placed fifth in the 200 free relay (Brandon Felker, Braelen Creswell, Jack Snyder and Nightingale, 1:39.34) and came in eighth in the medley relay (Nightingale, Felker, Dale Klingensmith and Snyder, 1:54.44).
In the girls' Class B meet, Greely's 244 points left it third behind Mt. Desert Island (326) and Cape Elizabeth, the defending Class A champion (252). Yarmouth (140) came in sixth. NYA (46) placed 14th.
The Rangers were led by Hwanhee Park, who was second in the 500 free (5:18.56) and third in the 200 free (1:57.23). Katie Dransfield came in third in the backstroke (1:03.42). Katie Bacall finished fourth in the 500 free (5:44.70) and seventh in the 200 free (2:09.68). Meagan Currie placed sixth in the 500 free (5:48.15) and eighth in the 200 free (2:11.32). Maya Philbrick came in seventh in the IM (2:26.69). Camilla Civiello came in eighth in the 100 free (58.22).
Greely's 400 free relay team (Dransfield, Bacall, Civiello and Park) was second (3:55.62). The medley relay (Dransfield, Sarah Lawless, Park and Kat Bower) came in third (1:57.47). The 200 free relay (Bower, Cat Maker, Allison Coon and Maggie Reed) was seventh (1:52.63).
"The girls capped off a wonderful season with a third-place finish," Hale said. "Looking from the outside and knowing our tradition, one would think this was on off year. That is far from the truth. In November, this was a team I thought would be lucky to be sixth. This group of girls did everything that was asked of them and accepted all challenges thrown at them. The result was a remarkable improvement in their times. The old adage of 'what you put in is what you get out,' certainly applies to this group. My lunchpail group had some fine dining at the end of the season."
Yarmouth capped a strong campaign as well. The Clippers were led by Abby Belisle-Haley, who was third in the 50 free (24.76) and third in the fly (57.97). Eliza Lunt placed fourth in the breaststroke (1:09.56).
Yarmouth's medley relay (Brianna Jelly-Webber, Belisle-Haley, Lunt and Teagan Snyder) placed fourth (1:58.75). The 200 free relay (Lunt, Eliza Oliver, Cara Ricciardi and Belisle-Haley) came in fifth (1:45.77). The 400 free relay (Oliver, Ricciardi, Jelly-Webber and Snyder) placed seventh (4:10.26).
The Panthers featured Sonia Lin, who won the breaststroke (1:07.09) and placed third in the IM (2:16.18).
Falmouth's first foray into the Class A meet saw the boys place fifth and the girls ninth. Cheverus swept the championships.
The Yachtsmen boys were led by junior Jake Perron, who won the 50 free (22.35) and the 500 free (4:43.77).
"I don't know of anyone who has ever won the marquee sprint event, along with the longest distance event," said Falmouth coach Dave Cox. "The events require a much different approach to training and race preparation."
Connor Perron placed fifth in the 500 free (5:08.90).
The Yachtsmen's 400 free relay team (Logan Herodes, Winslow Robinson, Connor Perron and Jake Perron) was fourth (3:32.92).
On the girls' side, diver Charlotte Janelle repeated as champion with 356.75 points. Janelle overcame a lingering heel injury, which forced her to wear an air cast when she wasn't competing.
Piper Alexander finished seventh in the 500 free (5:46.10).
Falmouth's 400 free relay team (Kate Lannon, Alexander, Madeline Winkeler and Laura Bauer) was seventh (4:15.85).