BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School won its 24th Penobscot Valley Conference Championship in 31 years Friday at Husson University.
The Rams totaled 348 points. Runnerup Mount Desert scored 212, followed by Ellsworth 172, Brewer 149, Foxcroft 123, Hampden 102, Old Town 80, Orono 69, John Bapst Memorial 57, Presque Isle 24, Hermon and Washington Academy 4.
“Typical PVC meet-all over the place. The swimming like most teams here was all over the place. It was nice to see Taylor [Wicks] set a school and meet record in the 100 back. He has worked hard. As usual, we will be ready for next week,” the 41 year veteran Phil Emery commented following the trophy presentation.
With Mount Desert Island High holding a two-tenths a second lead after three legs of the medley relay, Bangor’s Joey Quinn split a 23.1 anchor to pull the Rams to their first win of the evening. Quinn’s teammate Wicks opened the medley relay at a quick 25.4 leg to give the Rams the lead, but a speedy 27.2 breaststroke leg from Ian Carbone gave the Trojans the lead through the butterfly until Quinn’s anchor.
In the 200 free, poolside chatter anticipated the race between Carbone and Quinn. With both racers improving their seed times, Carbone took two-tenths of a second lead at the 50 and extended it by a one-tenth at the halfway. Averaging 16 stokes per length on the third 50, the Trojan led by nearly a second at the 150 and finished in 1:49.2 to Quinn’s 1:50.8.
“ It was nice swimming Joey. He is good competition. I was hoping to go faster, but I am glad I was able to hold Joey off, “ Carbone stated.
The strength of Emery’s boys was apparent in the 200 individual medley. Wicks won the gold and three other Bangor swimmers collected points for the Rams with Sam Barnett (2:12.8) scoring in the finals and Issac Walton and Jeff Rogers adding consolations points.
MDI’s Ty Onda won the silver and Foxcroft’s Seth Oldfield with a four-second improvement over his entry time moved into third place for the bronze.
After 18 heats of the 50 free, Bangor’s Ihan Cameron, swimming in the 19th and final heat, was first at the 25, first out of the turn, where he did not breathe, and touched first at 23.1. Hampden senior Dillon Brown lowered his entry and finished second and MDI’s Andrew Stevens finished third.
Not only did Tim Smith of Bangor win the 11-dive competition, but the senior set a personal record for 11 dives with 405.30 points.
“I got my best score. I am pleased overall. I had wanted to break 400 points,” Smith said.
Smith was particularly pleased with the execution of his back 1½ twist where he scored 6½s.
“I am proud of the dive. It could not have been better,” the senior claimed.
Brewer’s Spencer Warmuth nabbed second and Smith’s teammate Ross Cormier finished third.
In a major upset of the seeds, Ellsworth’s Travis Dennison entered seventh at 1:03.3 in the 100 fly and cruised to a seven- second improvement finishing at 56.1 to gain the win. Interestingly, Foxcroft’s Cameron Fadley not only moved up a spot in the seeds for second but lowered his time 3 seconds to 59.3. Onda scored third.
“I sprint every 25. I felt great,” Dennison said, who also noted that he has not shaved or tapered.
After six events in the 12-event championship. Emery’s Rams had tallied 177 points to MDI’s 112.
Following the performance of Dennison, Ellsworth’s Keith Chandler,swimming in an outside lane as the fifth seed, upset the field winning the 100 free 51.7, three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Old Town’s Robbie Bickford. Ihan Cameron finished third.
“I was not expecting that. I am really happy. My first 50 felt great. I was out in 24. I was tired at the 75 but, I really wanted it,” Chandler remarked.
Carbone swam away from the field in the 500 free (5:02.4) to win his second event of the championships. The contested race was for the silver medal. Bangor’s Quinn closed on the final length of the 500 free and finished second 5:10.2 to 5:10.3 for Brewer’s Brent Williams.
Bangor’s 200 free relay took the lead in the first leg and finished first after four legs. Foxcroft Academy was second.
“All week I have been thinking about this race. I felt loose. At the first turn I knew I had it,” explained Bangor’s Wicks who set a school and PVC record in the 100 back( 53.9) to finish first. “It was great to see it all come together.” In the evening’s closest medal finish, Orono’s Cameron Dwyer at 57.70 just nipped Cameron Fadley of Foxcroft (57.71) for second.
Closing out his PVC breaststroke career, Seth Oldfield of Foxcroft stroked to a six tenths of a second lead at the 50 and then held off the second half challenge of Bangor’s Sam Barnett for the victory at 1:04.8.
Displaying his freestyle talents, Carbone outswam the field on the anchor leg of the 400 free relay with a 49 split to pull his team from third to first.