BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School boys and Mount Desert Island girls drenched two frustrating droughts in the water of Husson University’s Webber Pool Friday night.
MDI’s girls notched their first win over Bangor in coach Tony DeMuro’s 11-year tenure and the Bangor boys beat MDI in a dual meet for the first time in seven years, and the two victors did so in different ways.
The girls had to sweat out a nail-biter as they were literally just a stroke apart after each event before the Trojans pulled out a 99-86 victory on the strength of a sweep of the team relay events.
“We figured if we’d taken a first or second, we would have tied. That’s how close it was,” said Bangor girls coach Cindi Howard.
The Bangor boys took control right from the start and sped off to a 122-63 victory over the Trojans.
“We really wanted to win this one,” said Bangor senior captain Taylor Wicks. “Last year, we could have tied the meet, but decided to go for it in the last event and came up short.
“We’ve never beaten MDI in a dual meet since I’ve been here and hadn’t beaten them at all in six years before winning PVC’s [Penobscot Valley Conference title] last year.”
In the girls meet, juniors Chelsey Curran and Ryann Rourk led the way for a veteran MDI squad as each notched four first-place finishes. The junior duo started strong as Curran swam the lead leg and Rourk the second of MDI’s winning 200-yard medley relay team. They finished the meet the same way as Rourk wrested the lead away from Bangor while swimming the third leg and Curran put the Rams away with a dominating anchor leg as the Trojans won by five seconds.
“There is definitely more on the line in this meet because it’s only one of the two meets we get to swim against each other and it’s almost like PVC’s or states,” said Rourk. “The last time we swam against them, they beat us in PVC’s.
“This gets us pumped up for the big meets because it’s definitely the most exciting dual meet of our season.”
Rourk also won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle while Curran took the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
“I was most happy with my backstroke and my relay, because we came back so well,” said Curran. “I’m working back from a broken finger after jamming it in practice, so I’m just happy getting back to my old times.”
Freshman Olivia Jacobs swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay team, the lead leg of MDI’s winning 200-free relay team, a third in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free.
Freshman Erin Connery won the 200 freestyle and 500 free, swam anchor for the winning 200-free relay team, and the second leg of the winning 400- free relay team.
“It’s the only real dual meet of the year that we actually go after,” said DeMuro. “The Bangor girls usually swim their best meet of the year against us in this meet, even sometimes better than states.
“We’ve been the two best teams for a couple years now, so it’s not hard to get motivated to swim well in this meet.”
In the boys meet, Wicks and Bangor’s veteran swimmers led an impressive effort.
“We’re deeper, so if they won an event, usually we got second, third and fourth. If they got second, we got first, third and fourth, so we were at an advantage in sheer numbers,” said Rams coach Phil Emery. “It’s easier to put together the lineup for a meet like this because you have to take your strengths and go right at them.”
Wicks won the 100 backstroke with his best time in two years, swam leadoff for the Rams’ winning 200-medley relay team, and second leg on the winning 400-free relay team.
“I dislocated my fibula in the second to last game of football season last year, so I didn’t really get fully back into the pool until Christmastime ,” Wicks said. “To see where I’m going now compared to the last two years is just ridiculously great.”
Some other ridiculously great efforts came from senior Ian Kasprzak, Ihan Cameron, and Joey Quinn.
Kasprzak swam third leg on the 200-medley relay team, won the 100 butterfly, and was third in the 100 backstroke.
Cameron was anchor for the 200-medley relay, won the 50 free, and was third leg on the winning 400-free relay team.
Quinn won the 200 freestyle, anchor for the 400-free relay, and anchor for the second-place 20 free relay team.
Rams Sam Barnett (100 breaststroke) and Tim Smith (1-meter dive) also took firsts.
MDI’s Ian Carbone won the 200 IM and swam the anchor leg of MDI’s winning 200-free relay team.