1. Greely: After ending the six-year run of Mt. Desert Island as Class B champion, the Rangers are out to defend their title. Senior Ian Mecray (50 free) and junior Dan Spencer (100 free) are reigning individual champs. Junior Evan Campbell and sophomore Nathan Madeira will help. A large freshman class is filled with potential.


2. Windham: The Eagles return a strong quartet of seniors Nathan Paluso and Lance Webster, junior Alex Gilvey and sophomore Nick Sundquist, and seem to have the depth (24 swimmers) to build on last winter’s fourth-place showing in Class A. Improvement from Joe Mycock, Cole Moran, Hunter Adams, Garret Graysier and Asa Reed could mean a challenge from the Eagles for Bangor.


3. Cape Elizabeth: With Cheverus and Scarborough each losing its top two swimmers, the Capers could move up from fifth in Class A and contend for hardware. Senior Paul Wennberg, junior Marcus Cloutier and sophomore Evan Long lead the way in the water, and junior Kevin Flathers and freshman Peter Doane will provide balance on the diving board.


4. Scarborough: The loss to club swimming of Arthur Hamill, and brothers Kip and Jerry Gravel, makes a repeat performance as Class A runner-up more of a challenge, but with a team of 28 that includes seniors Mark Endrizzi, John Breggia, Jack Clark, Martin Schelasin and Daniel Friedman, Scarborough figures to be in the thick of it.


5. Cheverus: Third in Class A last winter, the Stags will be without standouts Cal Rohde (transferred out of state) and Trebor Lawton (club only). Still, Coach Kevin Haley will get the most from a 25-member squad led by Lukas Temple, Stephen Ambrose, Reed Fernandez, Drew Fernandez and Pat Jerome.