Bossong

Peabody

Male:

BRIM PEABODY, Sophomore-Swimming

* Performer of the Meet at North Southwesterns

* Class A state champion, 200 freestyle relay

* Class A state champion, 400 freestyle relay

* All-State, 500 freestyle

* SMAA all-star, 200 individual medley

* SMAA all-star, 500 freestyle

* SMAA all-star, 400 free relay

Peabody was a top performer for a Cheverus squad which managed to capture the Class A championship for the seventh year in a row.

Peabody started swimming at the age of six, began competing with the Coastal Maine Aquatics club team two years later and has long considered swimming his top sport.

“I enjoy the people,” Peabody said. “It’s a great community. I consider myself pretty competitive. I always want to do better.”

Peabody did very well as a freshman, winning the Class A title in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. This winter, Peabody and his teammates remained atop the heap.

At Southwesterns, Peabody won the 200 free and the 500 free. Then, at states, as the Stags finished first for the seventh year in a row, Peabody was second to Deering’s Owen McLaughlin in the 200 free and was runner-up (by four-one-hundredths of a second) to Gavin McLeod of Scarborough in the 500 free.

“I was happy with the season,” said Peabody. “We just wanted to do the best we could as a team.”

Peabody is also an Eagle Scout and is a member of the Homefront Club. He hopes to swim in college.

First, he has two more season to shine with the Stags. Brim Peabody, Cheverus’ Winter Male Athlete of the Year, has already established quite a legacy and the best is yet to come.

Coach Kevin Haley’s comment: “Brim was outstanding again this year. He had a fantastic dual meet season and was flexible to do any event to help the team. He is a quiet leader. He leads by example. He brings a strong work ethic every day and is ready to compete anytime. He is an amazing young man. As great a swimmer as he is, he’s a better person. He’s very humble and kind and he represents Cheverus at the highest level.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Michael Hatch (hockey)

2016-17 Zeb Leavitt (wrestling)

2015-16 Michael O’Donovan (swimming)

2014-15 James Hannigan (hockey)

2013-14 Jake Dixon (track)

2012-13 Trebor Lawton (swimming)

2011-12 Trebor Lawton (swimming)

2010-11 Jack Terwilliger (track)

2009-10 Indiana Faithfull (basketball)

2008-09 Zander Markellos (skiing)

2007-08 Matt Libby (swimming)

2006-07 Matt Libby (swimming)

2005-06 Alex Arthur (hockey)

2004-05 Adam Horgan (hockey)

2003-04 Kevin Marchesi (hockey)

Female:

VICTORIA BOSSONG, Sophomore-Indoor track

* Class A state champion, 55

* Class A state champion, 200

* Class A state champion, 400

* State record holder, 55

* State record holder, 200

* State record holder, 400

* SMAA all-star, junior 55

* SMAA all-star, junior 200

* SMAA all-star, junior 400

* SMAA all-star, 4×200 relay

Bossong had already established herself as a nonpareil sprinter as a freshman, but her sophomore indoor season raised the bar to another level. A level that figures to continue to rise.

Bossong, who lives in Cumberland, began running track in middle school and as a freshman placed second in Class A in the 200 and 400 and third in the 55. She then emerged as a champion outdoors last spring, winning the 100, setting a new school and meet record in the process, and also taking the 400.

This winter, Bossong was a known entity and would have no peer, saving her best for the brightest lights. At the state meet, Bossong captured the 55 (in a new record time of 7.2 seconds), the 200 (in a new record time of 25.43 seconds) and the 400 (in a new record time of 57.13 seconds). Bossong then set a new Maine record with a time of 39.68 seconds in the 300 at New Englands and became the first Maine girl to post a sub-56 second (55.28) time in the 400 at the New Balance Nationals, where she also set a new state record in the 200 (25.12).

“I did everything I wanted this season,” Bossong said. “After outdoor, I knew I had something going for me. I worked out all summer and fall, training an hour-and-a-half a day several days a week, and I was excited coming into indoor. I felt good going into the championship meets. Last year I got nervous at states, so this year, my goal was to not get nervous and that helped.”

Bossong has an impressive resume off the track as well. She’s the secretary of Key Club, is a member of the Math Team, Spanish Club, World Quest, New England Math League and plays the piano for fun and the violin in the Portland Youth Orchestra and All-State Orchestra. 

Bossong hopes to add to her impressive legacy of dominance this spring in outdoor track, where she has goals of lowering her 400 time to under 55 seconds and winning states yet again.

Victoria Bossong, Cheverus’ Winter Female Athlete of the Year, has already won an abundance of titles and set records, but she’s far from finished. Sit back and enjoy the ride as she continues to excel.

Coach John Wilkinson‘s comment: “Victoria is a year round track and field athlete. She does not participate in a fall sport so as to dedicate herself to be best prepared for her indoor/outdoor track seasons. She does this by following a year round fitness and weight lifting programs. Being only a sophomore its quite rare to witness this quality. All of this doesn’t really show the whole person. She is a role model to her peers, younger athletes as well as the upperclassmen. She leads by example. She is focused and even though very talented and self driven, she works as hard if not harder then anyone around her. She’s not even halfway through her high school career and the bar is set very high. Time will tell where this story goes.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Emma Gallant (track)

2016-17 Annesley Black (Alpine skiing)

2015-16 Emily Turner (track)

2014-15 Abby Longstaff (swimming)

2013-14 Sarah Nappo (swimming)

2012-13 Brooke Flaherty (basketball)

2011-12 Fiona Hendry (track)

2010-11 Caroline Summa (track)

2009-10 Saundrine Lanouette (hockey)

2008-09 Caroline Summa (track)

2007-08 Jessica Groth (track)

2006-07 Jessica Groth (track)

2005-06 Caitlin Barber (Alpine skiing)

2004-05 Jill Horan (swimming)

2003-04 Alana Van Loenen (track)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter:@foresports.

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