Bangor High School diver Tim Smith won the 1-meter diving crown Saturday at the New England Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. Competing in the swimming competition, Mount Desert Island’s Chelsey Curran and Ian Carbone won New England titles as well.
Curran sped to a 1:00.5 win in the 100 backstroke, and Carbone touched in 1:00.8 to win the 100 breaststroke. The meet was held in Durham, N.H., at the University of New Hampshire.
Competition at the New England Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship rewards individual performance and does not recognize team competition. Swimmers and divers from Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are eligible to compete based on performance in their state championship meets.
In the 11-dive competition, Smith tallied 356.70 points, 1.9 points ahead of runner-up Jack Lewis from Oyster River, N.H. This was Smith’s third championship title this month. Most recently, Smith had won the Class A state meet diving. Earlier in the month, he had won the Penobscot Valley Conference 11-dive meet.
After five dives, the Bangor senior led the field, but he trailed after eight dives.
“He hit the dives he needed when he needed,” commented Ram diving coach Jarret Lizzotte. Smith scored better than 80 points on his final two dives, a back 1½ somersault with 1½ twists and a forward 2½ somersault.
“When he scored 6s on his final dive, he closed the deal,” Lizzotte said.
Smith becomes the third Bangor diver to win a New England title. In 1973, Roy Warren won. Then, in 1976, ’77 and ’78, Kevin Wright won the title. At that time, high school swimmers and divers from Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire competed and team performance was recognized. Wright still holds the 11-dive New England record with 495.65 points.
In the girls diving, Bangor’s Meg Rowe, winner of the Class A state meet, finished fourth with 294 points, only five points behind the second-place finisher. Falmouth’s Nicola Mancini, a sophomore, won the meet. As they did during the dual-meet and championship seasons, Ashley Higgins, Julie Clifford and Chelsea Hardy joined Rowe in an impressive display of the quality of Bangor’s diving, finishing fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
“The girls dived very well, particularly in the second round. Everything was really close,” Lizzotte explained.
In the swimming competition, the Mount Desert High 200 medley relay of Curran, Ryann Rourk, Oliva Jacobs and Amelia Kief finished second (1:58.0), two-tenths behind the first-place time of 1:57.8. Brewer’s Alice Ruiu (2:00) finished third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.5). Camden Hills’ Lianne McCluskey collected second in the 50 free (24.6) and the 100 fly (1:00.9). Rourk nabbed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.5).
Maine finished first and second in the boys 200 individual medley. Morse’s James Wells set a New England record in 1:57.3 and Mount Desert’s Carbone touched second (2:03.2). Wells also set a New England record in the 100 back (50.0). Will Hurley of Belfast collected a silver medal in the 500 free (5:07.7), and Brent Williams of Brewer was third (5:09.3).
Foxcroft Academy’s 200 free relay of Don Boyer, Zach Evans, Seth Oldfield and Cam Fadley raced a 1:34.5, a half-second behind the event winner, Hyde School of Bath.
Oldfield finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.5), while Amber Murray scored fourth in the girls 100 back (1:03.4).