February 18, 2013

Swimming: Cheverus looking to end Bangor's reign

The state championships Monday and Tuesday will showcase Maine's top swimmers and teams.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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STATE SWIM MEETS

CLASS A BOYS: Monday at Bowdoin College, trials at 10 a.m., finals at 7 p.m.

CLASS B BOYS: Monday at UMaine, trials at 10:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.

CLASS A GIRLS: Tuesday at Bowdoin College, trials at 10 a.m., finals at 7 p.m.

CLASS B GIRLS: Tuesday at UMaine, trials at 10:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.

Then again, Greely's relays are seeded third, fifth and sixth, so the meet isn't a slam dunk. Look for the Rangers to surge in the 200 IM (with top seed Jonathan Dunnett), 50 free, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. In each event, they have either three potential scorers or, in the case of backstroke, two among the top five seeds.

As for records, Yarmouth senior Evan Coleman is within a tenth of Justin Gilmartin's 2008 backstroke meet mark of 53.36, but the state record held by James Wells (49.68) is probably safe.

CLASS B GIRLS: There hasn't been a repeat champion since Falmouth ended a four-year run in 2007, and Greely is looking up at both MDI and Camden Hills on seeding sheets.

Discounting relays, MDI holds a 13-point lead over Camden Hills with Greely another 21 back and Waynflete another 31 behind.

That certainly sets the stage for a competitive meet in which relays can turn the tide.

Senior Sarah Easterling and freshman Hwanhee Park of Greely are top seeds in two events, Easterling in the 200 IM and 100 back and Park in the 200 and 500 free.

Easterling already owns the backstroke meet record of 59.40 -- nearly two seconds slower than her seed time -- and will shoot for the 56.90 state record held by Roberts since 2010.

McAuley grad Kary Goodman's 100 butterfly meet record of 57.45 set in 2003 is also in jeopardy from Waynflete juniors Ellen Silk and Colby Harvey. Ditto for the 100 breast meet record of 1:07.01 set by Falmouth's Gina Mancini in 2004; Foxcroft sophomore Jules Annis has gone under 1:09.

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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