As the championship season approaches Maine’s high school swimmers have been posting many fast times. Bangor Junior David Smallwood holds many of the state’s fastest times. Smallwood is number one in the 200 freestyle (1:47.68), 50 freestyle (22.25), 100 fly (53.64), and 100 free (48.92). Deering senior Eric Delmonte holds the fastest time in the 200 meter individual medley (2:12.10), second in the 100 meter freestyle (55.63), and third in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:10.27). Brunswick sophomore Nate Samsom is second in the 100 backstroke (55.44), 100 breaststroke (1:03.02), and 200 IM (2:04.02). In the 500 Falmouth Junior Jake Perron holds the fastest time by over nine seconds at 4:45.30. Other swimmers to watch include Westbrook Junior Greg Violette, Deering senior Lucas Adair who went the state’s fastest time in the 100 meter backstroke (1:01.31), and Chevarus senior Nicholas Jensen who holds the state’s highest diving score by over fifty points at 262.25.
As for the men’s state championship title, the Bangor boys looks to be the slight frontrunner with a strong Chevarus team looking to defend their title. Deering, led by Delmonte and Adair, has two very strong relays and will likely be Bangor’s biggest contender in that aspect.
On the women’s side, Senior Emma Waddell from Bangor holds the top time in the 200 freestyle (1:58.42), 200 IM (2:08.50), 100 butterfly (57.53), 100 freestyle (53.17), and second in the 50 freestyle (24.53) and 100 backstroke (1:00.53). Also from Bangor, freshman Hannah Wood is a strong asset to the team and is expected to be one of the best in the state over the next few years. Caitlin Tycz, a freshman from Brunswick is number one in the 50 freestyle (24.18), 500 freestyle (5:27.18), 100 backstroke (59.02), and is second in the 200 freestyle (2:01.04), 200 IM (2:13.54), 100 butterfly (58.23), and 100 freestyle (53.40). MDI swimmer Leila Johnston continues to dominate class B swimming, holding the fastest time in every event excluding the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
While Bangor’s freshman class looks strong and will likely put them in good standing over the next few years, the defending state champions have strong competition from the Brunswick girls who currently hold the fastest times in all three relays.
Black Bears end regular season
Friday night at the Wallace pool in Orono marked the final meet of the regular season for the black bears as the women’s team faced UNH. Strong swims came from breaststroker Naja Harvey, Orono native Lauren Dwyer, and butterflier Erica Smircina. See the full results at GoBlackBears.com. Next up for the women is the America East championship, and for the men the Maine meet and the ECAC championship.
Husson, UMO club swim meet
The University of Maine’s club team competed for the first time against Husson University saturday in an un-scored dual meet. Husson’s season continues Feb. 16th at the University of Rhode Island for the 2014 NEISDA Championship.