BANGOR — Competing in their first dual meet since the training sessions of the Christmas recess, the Bangor High School girls swimmers and divers cruised past Brewer 145-41 Saturday at the Bangor-Brewer YWCA.
“I was very pleased today,” Bangor coach Cindi Howard said. “We put everyone in off events to increase our state-meet cuts,” she said.
Her team responded by collecting 21 state-meet time standards.
“They swam well,” Howard added.
Bangor won every event except the 200 individual medley, where Brewer’s Nanna Haveshoei outswam the field on all legs of the race except the freestyle leg and finished in 2 minutes, 31.4 seconds.
After Bangor’s medley-relay win to open the meet, Emma Waddell displayed her pacing skills, swimming an efficient 200 free. The freshman, emerging in Class A as a powerful presence in several events, neatly split 30.6, 31.0 and 30.7 on the final three legs of the 200 after an opening-leg start of 27.3. Waddell’s 1:59.8 was 24 seconds ahead of the field.
In the second half of the meet, Waddell rolled onto her back and again stroked an evenly paced race at 31.3 and 32.6 to finish the 100 back at 1:04.4 for another win.
Howard also noted that Bangor sprinter Meri Wicks recorded two personal records with her swims in the 50 free (26.4) and the 100 free (59.3).
While Howard acknowledged the swimmers for their performances, she and diving coach Jared Lizotte complimented the divers for their execution. “They performed well today. They are improving. I am pleased,” said Lizotte, who particularly praised the divers on their clean entries.
Julie Clifford, in winning the six-dive competition, achieved a PR (personal record) point total of 185.90, as did teammate Elizabeth Huber at 154.15. Allie Rowe was only a few points below her PR.
Brewer’s Gloria Watson scored second behind Clifford.
Even though in most cases the Rams were swimming their off events, their versatility and quality were simply too much for the young Witches during the second half of the meet. In the 100 butterfly, the 100 free, the 500 free, and the 100 back, Howard’s swimmers finished first and second. Juliana McDonald won the 100 fly (1:06.3) in the opening race of the second half and then came back later to win the breaststroke (1:20.6).
The 500 free was a race between Bangor’s Laura Pasquine and Lacey Hernandez, who completed the 20-length race only .05 seconds apart with Pasquine holding off Hernandez on the final 50 to touch first.
Bangor won both of the second-half relays, the 200-free relay and the 400-free relay. Waddell’s opening leg of the 200-free relay of 25.8 and the 400-free relay of 56.0 gave her teammates plenty of clear water as Bangor swam away from the field in both events. McDonald, Jenny Dickson and Sadie Redman joined Waddell in the 400 free relay. In the 200 free relay, Wicks along with Kylie Smith and Dominique Comeau, joined Waddell to give Bangor a 1:49.8 finish.