ORONO, Maine — The end result of Thursday night’s regular season finale was a sweep for the Brewer High swimming and diving team, but the final points tally was the last thing on the minds of both teams’ head coaches.
With a week to go before the Penobscot Valley Conference championship meet, Thursday’s meet at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool served as both a final chance to qualify swimmers for various state championship races and a live meet tune-up for both teams.
“Today’s meet was really about kids swimming in different events, qualifying, and swimming best times, so mission accomplished,” Brewer coach Kathy Cahill said while studying her scoring sheets. “These asterisks mean career best times and as you can see, this paper is littered with career-best times so they swam exception-ally well today.”
Cahill’s boys won 98-78 and the girls won 104-82.
“There were some disappointed kids, but we haven’t had as many practices as we would’ve liked with the snow lately, but kids did some very, very good things tonight and I was happy,” said Red Riots coach Gary Theriault.
Junior Brent Williams, one of three brothers who are all outstanding swimmers, led the Brewer boys by winning the 200-yard freestyle, the 500 freestyle, and swimming the anchor leg of Brewer’s first-place 200 free and 400 free relay teams. He also earned some bragging rights over big brother John.
“I’m faster than my older brother was last year, but I don’t think he knows yet,” Williams said. “He will when he gets back from school though.”
Still, Brent Williams wasn’t totally happy with his night.
“Today I was working on the 200 free because I’d only done it once before and wanted it down to a faster time, but I didn’t get it down as much as I wanted,” he said. “I’m three seconds slower than I was last year.”
Sophomore Zack Callahan won the 50 and 100 free, and swam the second leg of Brewer’s 200 and 400 free relays. And then there were some lesser-known Brewer breakthroughs.
“We had a freshman named Mark Moellentin who qualified in the 100 butterfly and it’s the first time he’s swam it all season,” Cahill said. “It’s also the first event he’s qualified to swim in at states, so that was a huge swim for him and us.”
“On the girls side, Rachel Caron, who’s a dancer, qualified for states and this is her first year diving and she improved her score by almost 20 points in the process,” Cahill added.
In the girls meet, senior Jessica Hodsdon was the big gun for the Witches. She won the 200 individual medley and 100 free, and swam the second leg of Brewer’s winning 200 medley relay and the anchor leg of the Witches’ winning 200 free relay.
“I’m just trying to improve my times, pretty much, because I’ve qualified in all the events I’ve swam,” Hodsdon said. “I’ve been working through a lot of stuff this year with knee injuries and shoulder injuries.”
Orono standouts included junior Lauren Dwyer, who won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke; freshman Carolyne Tozier, who went from one extreme to the other by winning the 50 free and 500 free, and freshman Cameron Dwyer, who won the 100 backstroke and swam the lead leg of Orono’s winning 200 medley relay team.
“Improvement was all I was looking for and I was happy with my times,” Cameron Dwyer said.
Theriault pointed out other big performances.
“We had several other personal bests like Chase Collett in the 100 backstroke, which was his best and a state qualifying time,” he said. “Veronica Wallace-Ewing won the breaststroke and also came back with the best time she’s ever had in the 100 free in the 400 free relay, so to see her swim those back to back is great.”