BANGOR — Coach Phil Emery’s Bangor Rams won their first meet in 2011 with a 119-65 victory over Brewer High Friday night at the Husson University pool.
“As much as possible, we moved people to events not swum yet this season. In some cases, they had swum these events in the past. Not everyone swam a best time tonight, but pretty darn close,” Emery said.
The Witches opened the meet with a medley relay win. Brewer’s anchor swimmer, Chris Worden, stretched his stroke approaching the finish wall giving Brewer a touch of 1 minute, 58.9 seconds, three-tenths ahead of Bangor’s entry. In the second event, Bangor freestylers Louie Booyson and Colt Markevitch went out fast in the first 50, nearly three seconds ahead of the field, then swam away from the field to finish first and second at 2:01.2 and 2:01.3, respectively, in the 200 free.
“They have been practicing well recently. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. It is exciting to see the development,” Emery explained.
According to the recent Maine Principals’ Association rankings, Ram frosh David Smallwood is among the state leaders in Class A. Racing the 200 IM, Smallwood averaged eight strokes per length on the fly leg, splitting 26.3, and then extended his domination on each of the next three legs to finish a pool-length ahead of his competitors at 2:15.4.
And, the Rams led 28-18.
Brewer’s first individual win came when Spencer Warmuth, one of the premier Class A divers, scored 187.75 points for six dives.
“His performance was wonderful. He is a joy to work with. He listens to my feedback and responds. It’s nice to have the competition with Bangor,” said Brewer diving coach Michelle Davis.
Josh Williams followed his teammate’s diving win with a gold in the 100 fly. Pushing and accelerating on the third length, Williams took the lead off the third turn and finished strong to nip Sam Barnett of Bangor 1:00.8 to 1:02.3.
Bangor’s Jacob Worcester became the meet’s first double winner by winning the 100 free. During the first half of the meet, Worcester sprinted to a win in the 50 free. Emery noted Worcester’s 100 time was his first under the minute mark.
Smallwood then collected his second win of the meet with a 5:11.9 finish in the 500 free. The frosh turned a quick 1:59.8 at the 200 and cruised to Bangor’s fastest 500 free of the season.
Bangor won the second relay of the meet, the 200 free relay, prior to Williams turning in one of the meet’s most impressive swims. He turned in a 58.8 in the 100 back, splitting 28.8 on the first 50 and a 30-second final 50.
Nick Montemurro of the Rams closed the the individual events with a breaststroke win (1:14.5) where he led from the start.
In a display of freestyle depth, Bangor’s three 400 free relays all finished under 3:48 at 3:43.7, 3:46.9 and 3:47.5, indicating the development of Emery’s freestylers and suggesting the Rams will have competition for state-meet relay spots.