Thursday, December 12, 2013
ORONO — With 25 yards to go in the 100 breast stroke, Deering High junior Genevieve Worthley noticed Messalonskee freshman Kristy Prelgovisk a hair ahead of her, and got excited.
“I looked over on my last turn and thought, ‘this is going to be awesome,’ ” Worthley said. “I’m always up for a good race.”
Worthley swam a couple of good races, defending her titles in both the 200 individual medley and the breast stroke at the Class A girls swimming and diving championships
Monday night at Stanley Wallace Pool at the University of Maine.
Worthley was named the Most Valuable Performer at the meet. She was one of three double-winners, along with Brunswick junior Jessica Russell (500 freestyle, 100 back stroke) and Mount Ararat junior Celia Ouellette (50 and 100 freestyle).
Bangor High cruised to its second consecutive team title, and fourth in six years, with 319 points. Messalonskee finished second with 277, followed by Cape Elizabeth (234) and Deering (165).
“We did a fantastic job. The kids came so far this year,” Messalonskee coach Tom Sheridan said. “A lot of solid efforts all around.
“Bangor just had such a big lead on us.”
Senior Lindsey Prelgovisk paced the Eagles with a first in the 200 free (1:55.98), a third in the 100 back stroke and anchoring the winning 400 free relay.
In that 200 free, Messalonskee’s Sam Briggs (sixth) and Ally Fischang (eighth) also placed in the top eight, to put the Eagles in first place after two events.
That lead held until the fifth event, diving. Messalonskee did not have a diver, while Bangor placed three divers and move ahead. The Rams then pulled away.
Kennebunk’s Tori Leonard won the diving with 305.25 points.
Bangor sophomore Emma Waddell was the only other individual winner, taking the 100 butterfly in 57.32.
In the 200 IM, Worthley took the lead after the breast stroke, but Waddell closed after the butterfly. Worthley held her off in the freestyle, winning in 2:09.03, to Waddell’s 2:09.54
“She really lets things drives her,” Deering coach Angie Chessey.
Worthley won her third straight breast stroke title with such a drive. She broke her own state record with a time of 1:04.97. Kristy Prelgovisk was right behind in 1:05.25.
“You always find a way when you have a good competitor,” Worthley said. “In training, coaches are always saying ‘it burns but it’s worth it.’ And that’s what they’re talking about.”
Speaking of burning, Brunswick’s Russell did the difficult double of swimming the 500 free and 100 back with only one event between them. Even though Russell was well ahead in the 500, she did not ease up and won by 16 seconds (5:06.90).
“I could have (let up), but I felt good and I wanted to go for it,” said Russell, who then was surprised to be back on the starting blocks so soon, after the 200 free relay was raced.
“There was less time in between than I thought,” Russell said.
Still, she held off Cape Elizabeth sophomore Hannah Homans by a second in the back stroke, in 58.67.
Russell felt so good that, after another race, she was back on the blocks, starting the Dragons’ 400 free relay, which tied for fourth.
Ouellette of Mount Ararat was a flash in the water, winning the 50 free by almost a full second, 24.33 to Kristy Prelgovisk’s 25.29. Windham’s Elaine Miller was third (25.30).
Ouellette then won the 100 free in 53.84, ahead of Cony’s Victoria Weber (54.01).
Bangor won the first two relays but Messalonskee, with Sammy Mathieu, Amanda Joy, Briggs and Lindsey Prelgovisk) won the 400 free relay in 3:47.27.
Cape’s 200 medley relay team of Homans, Heather Kraft, Gabrielle Cloutier and Caroline Herriman finished second in 1:53.11. That broke the meet record, but so did Bangor’s winning time of 1:51.62.