THE CASCO BAY STRIPERS pose after competing in the State YMCA Championships at the University of Maine in Orono recently.

THE CASCO BAY STRIPERS pose after competing in the State YMCA Championships at the University of Maine in Orono recently.

ORONO — The Long Reach Swim Club defended its Maine YMCA State Championship recently at the University of Maine.

LRSC won its 26th consecutive title and 34th overall, edging past Down East by 357 points.

“In a meet where over 11,000 points were scored by all teams, 357 doesn’t seem like very much,” said LRSC coach Jay Morissette. “We had some amazing swims and did what we had to do in our weaker divisions to hold off a very good Ellworth team that beat us in a dual meet for the first time in 25 years.”

LRSC picked up 2,576 points, with Down East finishing with 2,218. LRSC won the girls 13-14, the 13-14 combined, and the senior girls and senior boys divisions. Overall, the LRSC girls won the event by 100 points, with the boys ahead of the field by 255 points.

In the 8-and-under girls, LRSC finished 12th, while the boys were fourth out of 15 teams. The combined team in the division was ninth.

In the 9-10 girls, LRSC took ninth, with the boys claiming second. The 11-12 boys kept it going for LRSC, taking second, with the girls in fourth. The combined 11- 12 boys and girls were second. The LRSC boys claimed second in the 13-14 division, and combined with the girls to finish first. LRSC won the combined senior division title.

Records fell in the event. Ann Tolan set marks (meet, pool) in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.34. She also broke the team and state record in the 100 free (51.13), a mark previously held by Katrine Alcaide (2000).

Caitlin Tycz set marks in the 200 IM (2:05.50), which is a state record held previously by Jessica Russell (2010). Tycz also set a meet record in the 100 butterfly (54.14).

The senior girls combined to establish a pool record in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.05. Tolan, Tycz, Sonia Lin and Emma Blair swam the event, breaking the 2011 record held by LRSC and is a 15-18 team, meet and state record.

In the senior boys, Nate Samson set a team record in the 200 free, touching in 1:43.85. The previous mark was established by former Morse High School standout James Wells in 2009.

Triple winners in the state meet for LRSC were Tycz, Margie McLeod, Evan Willertz and Erik Linseisen.

Up next for LRSC is the U.S. League State Championships at Bowdoin College beginning on Thursday.

Casco Bay YMCA

The Casco Bay YMCA Stripers of Freeport also competed in the state YMCA meet.

The team claimed two team state titles. The 11-12 year old girls scored 13 points over fierce competition on Sunday and were awarded the 2016 11-12 Girls State Championship. The boys and girls teams for this age group combined to score 490 points and were awarded the 2016 11-12 Combined State Championship.

The Stripers swim team is not a stranger to state titles, having previously earned similar titles in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“That was one of the most stressful YMCA State Championships meets I have ever coached,” said Casco Bay coach Dan St. Pierre. “Almost all of our swimmers had personal-best times. What more could I ask for?”

Claiming the two titles came down to the very last moments of the three-day meet. The 11-12 girls team trailed as they entered into the last event of the weekend. Successfully Sophie Harrington, Piper Priddy, Adeline Ziobro and Zoe Siegel pushed and took first place in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:54.77, and in the process broke the teams record previously set in 2015.

This was not the only record the team broke that day, as the 11-12 girls relay team of Piper Priddy, Adeline Ziobro, Zoe Siegel and Lina Jordan broke the team record in the 200-medley relay with a time of 2:07.98, which was set in the prior season.

The 13-14 girls relay team of Natalie Bourassa, Emma Anghel, May Causey and Tholia Hallett broke the 200 free relay record set in 2010 with a time of 1:53.15, and the boys 11-12 relay team of Connor Wolff, Elias Thomas, Nathaniel Henninger and Brian Brogan broke the boys 200-medley team record with a time of 2:11.71, previously set in 2007.

The 95 Casco Bay YMCA swimmers who competed at states earned 69 trophies and 70 ribbons during the three-day meet.