The Long Reach Swim Club out of the Bath Area Family YMCA captured its 29th consecutive state title over the weekend at the Univesity of Maine in Orono. Pictured above are LRSC competitors (from left to right) Brady Chubbuck, Grace Tetreault, Grace Chubbuck, Olive Beeton, Catherine Clifford, Eliza Marco, Piper Carleton and Lilly Pomerleau. (Erin Chubbuck photo)

ORONO — The Long Reach Swim Club earned its 29th consecutive YMCA state title and 36th overall since 1965 over the weekend at the University of Maine.

Swimming out of the Bath Area Family YMCA, LRSC accumulated 2,735.50 points to outdistance runner-up Kennebec Valley (2,210), third-place Mt. Desert Island YMCA Sharks (2,198.50) and fourth-place Bangor YMCA (2,179.50).

LRSC had two triple winners — 8-and-under competitor Charley Carleton and senior girl Ella Martin.

It was the final state meet for graduating seniors Matt Yost of Brunswick, Brandon Johnson of Woolwich, Dominic Marco of Bath, Martin of Bath, Alex Morse of Brunswick, Talia Jorgensen of Augusta and Delaney Young of Woolwich.

There were a handful of records set for LRSC. The senior girls’ 200 medley relay team set a meet mark in a winning time of 1:43.71. Morse High School’s Olivia Harper eclipsed a team, meet and state record in the 200 IM in 2:02, while the senior boys 200 freestyle relay foursome of Nicco Bartone, Johnson, Yost and Marco qualified for the YMCA national championship in a time trial of 1:26.74. Their 200 medley relay time of 1:37.09 was also a national qualifying mark, while senior girls Margie McLeod of Durham and Cora Spelke of Topsham qualified for nationals in the 100 backstroke. Senior boy Evan Willertz of Bath earned his first national cut time in the 100 back in 53.98, finishing second in the event.

Carleton of Edgecomb set a team, meet and state record in the 50 free, breaking the old mark from 2005 of 32.04 held by Kristie Prelgovisk of the Mid-Maine Dolphins. Carleton’s time was 31.87.


“Our team really stepped up last weekend,” said longtime LRSC swim coach Jay Morissette. “After losing to the (Kennebec Valley) of Augusta team in a dual meet we knew we had our work cut out for us. We had amazing balance in our age divisions and the kids handled the challenge like champions. We improved on our score (from) last year to this year. The kids supported each other, which made a big difference in a lot of the races, and we’re very aware of how their efforts impacted the potential success of the final results.”

LRSC earned team wins in the 8-under boys, both the senior boys and girls, and the 11-12 boys squad.

The first LRSC team win came in 1967 under coach Richard Petit, while Tom McDonald coached the winning team in 1980. Beth Prelgovisk led LRSC to title wins in 1981, ’83 and ’84.

On March 24 LRSC will try to win back the Maine U.S. Swim League team title after coming up short last year. The meet will be held at the University of Maine.

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