1. Morse: The defending Class A championion lost two excellent swimmers to graduation, but return senior sprinter Emily Buczkowski (state champ in the 50 and 100 free) and a supporting cast of two dozen that includes individual finalists Caitlin Foster and Guerin Morissette.

 

2. Greely: The Rangers took a graduation hit but still have good numbers and exceptional frontline talent. Sophomore Sarah Easterling (100 back, 200 IM) and junior Sara Schad (100 free) won individual titles, and seniors Megan Stroud and Jackie Andrews, junior Katie Whittum and sophomore Emily Domingo all have reached championship finals.

 

3. Scarborough: New coach Eric French inherits a Class A runner-up that won’t have senior Laura Flewelling, a national-caliber swimmer who opted to concentrate on her club team. Even so, the 36-member Red Storm retains a formidable nucleus that includes seniors Maya Glab and Alison Reynolds, and juniors Dayna Ankermann and Samantha Couillard.

 

4. Cape Elizabeth: The 2009 Class A state champion should be back in the thick of things after dropping to seventh last winter. Senior sprinters Abby Armstrong and Lindsay Rand lead a team that will rely on depth more than individual stars. Noelle Webster is the top distance swimmer.

 

5. Falmouth: The retirement of John Keyes resulted in three coaches — Dave Cox, Steve Cox and Dan Edwards — taking over a program that has won 5 of 7 Class B state titles. Nicola Mancini and Evelyn Perry lead an impressive diving contingent, but senior Courtney Greenwood is the only individual swimming finalist among a team of three dozen.