1. Cape Elizabeth: In the opening meet of the season, sophomores Hannah Homans and Sydney Wight, and seniors Heather Kraft and Gabrielle Cloutier came within a second of the school medley relay record. For various reasons (transfer, club, abroad), none swam for Cape last season. They anchor a deep contingent of 45 girls who will be competitive with any team in the state.


2. Greely: The 1-2 threat of senior Sara Schad and junior Sarah Easterling is as good as any in the state, with seven individual state titles between them over the past two seasons. Senior Katie Whittum and junior Emily Domingo each swam in two individual championship finals for the Class B runners-up.


3. Waynflete: After resurrecting their program last winter, the Flyers placed third in Class B with a young squad that returns its core of talented sophomores: Colby Harvey, Ellen Silk, Amelia Deady, Walker Foehl and Sofia Canning. Five freshmen improve the depth to 17 swimmers and give Waynflete a shot at hardware come February.


4. Cheverus: Senior Michelle Giordano, and juniors Tessa Lindsely, Samantha Savaun and Nicole Chambers lead a competitive squad of 32 coming off a third-place finish in Class A. Sophomore backstroker Sarah Nappo and a sizable freshman contingent lend depth.


5. Deering: Junior Genevieve Worthley and sophomore Emma Pontius lead a typically deep Rams squad of two dozen that placed fifth in Class A. Junior Jessica Blake (butterfly) and freshman Mary Cala (backstroke, distance freestyle) support Worthley and Pontius on the front line.