The Bangor men’s and women’s teams started their dual meet seasons with wins over Presque Isle Friday night at Husson University. The women started strong with a win in the 200 Medley Relay despite the disqualification of their ‘A’ relay. Freshman swimmer Natalie Fournier won the 100 yard freestyle (1:03.01) and the 50 freestyle (28.75) four seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Lilli Wiseman, a Junior for the Bangor squad took first place honors in the 200 IM (2:39.86) and the 100 breaststroke (1:23.37). Hannah Wood, another freshman for Bangor, won the 100 yard backstroke with an impressive time of 1:03.32. The girls scored 119 points to Presque Isle’s 45 points.
On the men’s side freshman Sam Carlson placed first in the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 2:01.93. Veterans Liam Reading and captain Louis Booysen finished in first and second at 2:09.52 and 2:10.28, respectively. Junior Grant Lufkin won the 1 meter diving scoring 200.00 points. Senior standout and captain David Smallwood won the 100 yard butterfly at 53.77 and raced a quick 22.25 in the 50. In the men’s 100 yard freestyle senior and captain Colton Markevich placed first with a time of 52.17. Presque Isle finished first in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.84 beating out Bangor by almost three seconds. The men scored 132 points to Presque Isle’s 46.
Absent from Friday’s meet was senior Emma Waddell who competed at the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior National Championship in Greensboro, N.C. She competed in the women’s 100 yard butterfly and finished with a time of 56.10.
At the collegiate level Arthur Conover, a former Messalonskee swimmer and freshman at Kenyon College, swam a very impressive 15:21.62 in the 1650 at the Total Performance Invitational. He is now ranked 3rd in the 1650 for Division III swimming.