By Michael Hoffer
The curtain fell on the swimming and diving season last week and the city of Portland was well represented at the state meets.
In Class A boys’ competition, Cheverus had 228 points to place second behind Bangor (315). Deering (189) finished third. Portland had 27 points and tied Bonny Eagle and Messalonskee for 19th place.
In the A girls’ meet, won by Cape Elizabeth with 306 points, Deering (114.5) was eighth and Cheverus (54) finished 15th. Portland did not score.
McAuley’s quest for a second straight Class B championship fell short. The Lions did wind up third with 239 points, but couldn’t catch Falmouth (319) or Greely (295). One Waynflete swimmer managed 2 points for the Flyers, leaving them in a tie for 26th.
Deering had a pair of event winners at the Class A boys’ meet.
E.J. Googins took the 50 free in 22.24 seconds and Brian McRae repeated as the top diver with a score of 330.45.
Googins was also third in the 100 free (50.57). Djordje Mandic came in eighth in the 100 free (52.72) and was 11th in the 50 free (24.30). Zach Sawyer finished 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.12) and 15th in the 500 free (5:40.09). Jacob Powers finished 10th in the 500 free (5:29.97) and 15th in the IM (2:20.81). Dominic Montello was 10th in the 50 free (23.96). Noah Major placed 14th in the 100 fly (1:02.04). Max Hudson was 15th in the 50 free (24.50). Corey Delmonte finished 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.81).
The Rams were runner-up to Bangor in the 200 free relay (1:35.75), placed third in the 400 free relay (3:32.96) and came in ninth in the medley relay (1:52.92).
“The boys performed well,” said Deering coach Alan Carp. “E.J. was a standout, breaking the school record in the 50 free. Our relays were also fantastic. Next year, we should be just as strong.”
For Cheverus, Joe Moreshead and Cal Rohde each had two second place finishes. Moreshead was runner-up to record-setting James Wells of Morse in the fly (54.85) and was second in the IM (1:59.58). Rohde placed second in the 200 free (1:48.06) and was runner-up in the 500 free (4:58.17).
Cameron Lindsley added points with a fourth-place finish in the 50 free (23.20) and a sixth-place showing in the 100 free (51.27). Mark Dumond came in fourth in the breaststroke (1:06.56) and 12th in the fly (1:01.33). Chris Gervais was seventh in the fly (58.91) and 12th in the backstroke (1:04.45). Drew Fernandez finished 12th in the breaststroke (1:11.84).
The Stags were runner-up in the 400 relay (3:23.45), third in the medley relay (1:43.84) and seventh in the 200 free relay (1:40.36).
“We won the sportsmanship as well as finishing runner-up,” said Cheverus coach Kevin Haley. “They worked very hard this year and it showed at the state meet. We lose Gervais and Moreshead, but hopefully we have a lot of new talent coming in. We’ll be strong again.”
For Portland, David Bliss was ninth in the breaststroke (1:10.40) and 13th in the IM (2:17.79). The Bulldogs 400 free relay team finished 12th (3:50.62), while the 200 free relay team came in 15th (1:45.64).
The top local girls’ performer was Deering’s Kristen Grandonico, who tied for third in the 50 free (26.00) and placed sixth in the breaststroke (1:12.37).
Jamie LeRoy placed sixth in the 200 free (2:11.46) and eighth in the 100 free (1:01.94). Meghan Hutcherson finished 10th in the 500 free (5:52.93) and 14th in the backstroke (1:10.91).
The Rams were seventh in the 400 free relay (4:09.94), eighth in the 200 free relay (1:54.00) and 14th in the medley relay (2:14.25).
“Our girls improved more than 10 places this year,” Carp said. “This is the first time I’ve seen every single qualifier swim a best time at a state meet.”
Cheverus was 11th in both the medley (2:09.64) and the 400 free (4:15.76) relays. Individually, Eda Pellumbi finished eighth in the 200 free (2:12.65) and 11th in the 500 free (5:54.10). Katherine Moreshead was 11th in the breaststroke (1:17.16) and 12th in the IM (2:33.15).
“We had five girls qualify this year,” Haley said. “The girls also won the sportsmanship award. We’re losing five seniors, but we have new, strong talent coming in and we should be very competitive next year. I’m very proud and honored to coach these girls’ and boys’ teams. We focus on fun and sportsmanship. They accomplished all goals this season.”
No roar, but Desrosiers wins two more
A year ago, Falmouth was disqualified in a late relay and McAuley swooped in to win an unexpected championship. This winter, the Lions were in the mix again, but this time the Yachtsmen took care of business, while Greely also proved to be too much to handle.
McAuley was paced by standout Kristen Desrosiers, who won both the 200 (1:57.72) and 500 (5:20.45) free races.
Katelyn Desrosiers was second in the 500 free (5:37.72) and fourth in the breaststroke (1:13.23). Gaby Cloutier finished fourth in the 50 free (25.51) and fifth in the breaststroke (1:13.62). Lib Rand was seventh in the fly (1:07.90) and 14th in the 200 free (2:17.31). Abby Parker was ninth in the 100 free (1:00.72) and 10th in the 50 free (27.16). Aoife Ryle placed 10th in the 500 free (6:02.82) and 16th in the 200 free (2:18.12). Laura Duran came in 12th in the fly (1:10.81).
The Lions were runner-up to Falmouth in the 400 free relay (3:50.84), third in the medley relay (2:01.68) and fifth in the 200 free relay (1:49.80).
Waynflete’s points came from Lindsey McLeod, who was 15th in the 200 free (2:17.95).
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