“We take it one day at a time. We will be ready to race Tuesday,” said Phil Emery, Bangor High coach, who is preparing his 40th team for the Class A state meet Monday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
“When we arrive on Tuesday, we must be ready to swim. We won’t over think it,” Emery said earlier this week following his team’s practice.
“We have some good up-front swimmers and some good depth,” Emery added.
Emery knows to race at night in the finals, teams must be prepared to race in the trials. Teams that compete successfully throughout the competition are teams which combine front-line swimming with point-scoring depth and then are able to race for the relay points in the medley and two freestyle relays.
With Taylor Wicks and John Quinn capable of racing the Class A leaders, with Bangor’s quality depth, Tim Smith’s development as a diver, and Emery’s talent for preparing a team for race day, the Rams appear to be one of the teams with the formula to race across all events.
The Mount Desert Island boys are also eagerly preparing for the Class B state meet at the University of Maine in Orono on Tuesday.
“We are going to have to show up and swim our butts off to do what we want to,” said Tony DeMuro, MDI boys coach. “It starts by putting them in the right events and then hope they swim fast. But, anything can happen. There are no assumptions in these things.”
MDI’s boys and girls teams combined for 51 best times in last week’s Penobscot Valley Conference championships.
In fact, DeMuro continued, “It is going to be a very intense meet. Greely won the Southwesterns. They always swim well at the state meet.”
Ian Carbone’s talent, the freestyle speed of Mike and Pat Breen and Ty Onda’s versatility provide DeMuro’s boys with point worthy options for a state meet line up.
In the girls Class A meet scheduled for Tuesday at Bowdoin, PVC champion Bangor is expected to exert a presence at the meet. The Rams’ diving entries include Ashley Higgins, winner of the PVC diving and the state’s top ranked diver in the 11-dive program along with teammate Megan Rowe, who is the state’s top-ranked diver in six-dive competition and the only diver to break 200 points for six dives. Frosh swimmer Mariah Reading expects to challenge the elite in the meet in her events.
Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon finished the dual-meet season and the conference season with the state’s fastest breaststroke time regardless of class. And, certainly, her record setting performance at the PVC championship suggested she is prepared to race for the gold Tuesday.
MDI, the PVC girls runner-up and led by Chelsey Curran, winner of two events at PVCs, and Foxcroft Academy, a team that scored well at the PVCs, particularly in the freestyle events aided by Marleah Clark’s two wins, can be expected to challenge teams at the Class B state meet from the KVAC and the Southwesterns in multiple events and relays. And, Orono’s Lauren Dwyer and John Bapst’s Tara Nitardy, two swimmers with impressive dual-meet and PVC conference performances, are ready to earn medals and points at the state championship.
Husson shows improvement
Husson University concluded its dual-meet season Saturday with a meet against St. Joseph’s College of Standish. “As a team this concludes our first season. I am very pleased with the strides the team has made. It is very exciting to see how the kids have come along,” said first-year Eagle coach Jeff Wren.
Wren noted that one of the most rewarding accomplishments is that 17 swimmers started the season and 17 finished the season.
Two Eagle swimmers, Erin Doucette and Kaitlyn Theriault, have qualified for the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championship scheduled for later this month at UMass Dartmouth. Interestingly in 1973, Wren was one of the organizers of the first NEWISDC. “Both Erin and Kaitlyn have a realis-tic chance of scoring,” said Wren, who added that the Eagles will compete in four relays including the 800 free relay, an event where previous Husson University teams have not competed.
• The Bowdoin College men won their first CBB swim title in four years with their recent win over the Colby College men, winner of the previous four CBB crowns. Ryan Trafton, a graduate of John Bapst, swam butterfly for the Mules in the meet against Bowdoin and recorded a 56.4 100 butterfly.
• Texas won all events except one in the Longhorns dual-meet victory over the Texas A&M men earlier this month. The one event won by the Aggies was the 3-meter diving where A&M diving coach Kevin Wright, an All-American diver at Bangor High School, coached Aggie diver Eric Sehn to a first-place finish.
• Ellsworth’s Brian Batson, who will race in the Class B state meet, finished the dual meet season and the conference season with the fastest time in the state in the 500 free at 4:53.
•Belfast won the KVAC Class B conference meet in both the girls’ and the boys’ competition. In winning the championship, the boys won eight events, scoring 326 points while the girls totaled two more points, 326, and won one individual swimming event, 1-meter diving, and one relay, the 400 free.
• The late season time drops of Old Town junior Robert Bickford have been impressive pushing him to a 23.1 50 free and a 2:11.5 IM. Expect Bickford and Orono’s Cameron Dwyer to race well at the Class B state meet.