Maine swimmers, divers shine at New Englands

Posted March 02, 2009, at 12:20 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Maine swimmers had strong performances at the New England High school Swimming and Diving Championships at Bates College on Saturday.

Swimmers from Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island competed, with awards given to the top six finishers of each event.

Two female Bangor athletes captured wins as freshman Mariah Reading took the 200 individual melody with a time of 2 minutes, 14.06 seconds, more than five seconds faster than second-place Christine Beecher of Scarborough. Bangor junior Ashley Higgins also had a win as she claimed the one-meter diving event with a score of 306.95 points.

Brewer senior Jessica Hodsdon won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.68. Edward Little of Auburn freshman Melissa Paione was second (1:10.14) and Reading of Bangor finished third (1:10.29).

The Messalonskee girls relay team consisting of Lindsey Prelgovisk, Emily Clark, Amanda Joy and Samantha Mathieu broke the New England record in winning the 200 medley relay. Their time of 1:56.99 bettered the mark set by Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor in 2006 by more than a second (1:58.07).

The same squad also won the 400 medley relay. Freshman Prelgovisk had a third win, this time by herself, in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 1:02.25.

Westbrook boys swimmers had three wins as Kyle Goan won the 100 freestyle, Derek Hawkes took the 500 freestyle and their relay team won the 200 freestyle relay.

Greely of Cumberland Center was the other Maine team to win an event as it captured the 400 freestyle relay.

Brewer’s Hodsdon nearly made it two wins as she finished second in the girls 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.76. Orono’s Lauren Dwyer was fifth (1:04.32).

Dwyer also finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.57.

Old Town’s Robbie Bickford had two top-fives with a third-place finish in the boys 100 freestyle (50.12) and a fourth in the 200 free (1:51.35).

Tim Smith of Bangor placed third in the one-meter diving with a score of 317.40. He was followed by Kirby Kelly of Orono’s score of 314.45.

In the girls one-meter diving, two Bangor divers received awards as Meghan Price placed fifth with a score of 279.25 and Julie Clifford was sixth (275.10).

Other top-finishing local swimmers included: Eric Gaulin of Belfast, third, 200 individual medley; Cameron Dwyer of Orono, fourth, 100 backstroke; Tyler Arndt of Rockland, sixth, 50 freestyle.

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