Sunday, March 9, 2014
From staff reports
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Justin Zukowski drives to the basket Friday during Portland’s 63-47 win over South Portland. The Bulldogs are 10-0 and ranked first in Western Class A.
John Ewing/Staff Photographer
"Why? Marcotte asked of the reigning Class A champion in both the 100 breast stroke and 200 individual medley.
"I want to break your record," Worthley replied.
Indeed, Worthley lopped more than a second off the school record Marcotte -- then known as Angie Chessey -- set in 1999. Worthley's time of 1 minute, 0.95 seconds helped Deering remain unbeaten with a 96-81 victory over Falmouth.
"She was ecstatic about it," Worthley said of her coach. "I think it's fun to see one of your swimmers, who you've been working with for four years, take down one of your old records."
Worthley plans to continue her career in college, and one of the two schools that seem to be the best fit is Eastern Michigan, Marcotte's alma mater. (The other is Western Kentucky.)
"I did not make the connection for her," Marcotte said. "They actually sought her out."
Worthley will mull her options after receiving offers from the schools before making a decision. Meanwhile, Deering has three more meets before Southwesterns, and hopes to make noise at the state meet as well. Nine of the team's 27 girls have qualified for the state meet.
"We all have really high hopes," said Worthley, noting a recent seven-point victory over defending Class B champion Greely. "We have a bunch of kids who are really close to qualifying."
THE CHEVERUS swimming teams had a busy weekend, taking on Greely Friday night and then boarding a bus before sunrise Saturday morning for an 11 a.m. meet in Bangor. One of the strongest Cheverus boys' teams in school history may not have a chance to show its true mettle next month, however, because of a raft of mononucleosis cases within the team.
Seniors Reed Fernandez and Connor Pothier and junior John Devine are among the affected swimmers. Junior Tim Jerome recently returned from a long illness. Coach Kevin Haley said there may be as many as nine cases of mono in the program.
"I guess you have to have that attitude of, you do the best with what you have," said Coach Kevin Haley, whose boys beat Greely 127-58 before losing 102-83 to Bangor (and then sharing pizza with the Rams before the return trip to Portland). "If we're healthy (for states), we will give Bangor a run for their money."
The best race in Bangor was a 200 freestyle battle between defending Class A champion David Smallwood of Bangor and Trebor Lawton of Cheverus. After trailing by more than a full second at the halfway mark, Lawton came from behind to win by .38 seconds in 1:47.43.
The Cheverus girls lost 89-76 to Greely and 112-67 to Bangor.
-- Staff Writers Tom Chard, Mike Lowe, Kevin Thomas and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.