BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High won its fourth straight Penobscot Valley Conference boys swimming and diving championship Friday night at the Husson University pool.
The Rams totaled 413 points and outdistanced the field, with Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor second with 202.
Ellworth took third at 129, nipping Hampden Academy at 126. Orono was fifth with 109, and Brewer sixth at 101.
Bangor coach Phil Emery is looking forward to the state Class A championship, set for Feb. 21 at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool.
“You never want to be overconfident,” said Emery. “We’ll be in the thick of it with Cheverus [of Portland] and Cape Elizabeth.
“They [his swimmers] have swum well and we will be ready.”
The state Class B boys meet, which MDI will be the PVC flag bearer, is Feb. 20 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Sophomore David Smallwood led the Rams with two individual firsts and also swam on two victorious relay teams — the opening 200-yard medley relay and the closing 400 freestyle relay.
“I wasn’t quite sure how tonight was going to go … but it turned out well in the end,” Smallwood said, smiling.
“Hopefully, this [Bangor win] will transfer to the state meet,” he added.
Smallwood’s individual wins — in the 200 free, which is the second event, and the 100 butterfly — were personal bests of 1 minute, 48.44 seconds and 54.08 seconds, respectively.
“I was surprised to get my two best times this time in the season,” said Smallwood.
Bangor’s 200 medley relay win provided a quick 32 points for the Rams, and they were on fire after that.
Matt England, Liam Reading, Smallwood and Gordon Carroll combined for a time of 1:43.59, more than half a second better than runner-up MDI at 1:44.20. Ellsworth took third in 1:45.92. MDI earned 26 points and Ellsworth 24.
Smallwood came right back, besting the 1:49.56 of runner-up Ross Johnston of MDI by more than a second. Bangor also took fifth, sixth and ninth places to pick up 39 points.
Cameron Fadley of Foxcroft Academy nabbed his first win in the 200 individual medley by more than three seconds over Maks Grover of Ellsworth, 2:05.66 to 2:08.97. Bangor put three in the top 12, including Reading in third and Louis Booysen in fourth, for another 30 points.
Joseph Kief of MDI swam a 23.34-second 50 free to outpace that field. Caleb Woodward was second in 23.99. But the Rams continued to roll, sweeping third through fifth plus eighth for their fourth straight event with 30 or more points.
Freshman Will Greene gave MDI its second straight victory, scoring 321.55 points to take the 1-meter diving. He was followed by Ryan Boothby of Brewer with 272.25 and Tommy Townley of Bangor at 245.70.
Smallwood picked up his third gold with a win in the 100 fly, holding off Johnston again (54.74). England of the Rams was third with 57.22, and Madison Luck of MDI fourth in 58.40.
Fadley crushed the field in the 100 free with a time of 49.41, nearly three seconds better than Colton Markevich of Bangor (52.34). MDI’s Jason Carbone was third in 52.48, edging out fourth-place Caleb Woodward of Hampden (52.52).
Cameron Dwyer gave the Orono Red Riots a gold in the 500 free, the longest event in the meet. He touched in 5:06.81, more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Grover of Ellsworth (5:14.14). Matt Fuller of Bangor was third (5:18.26).
The Rams took their second relay title of the night in the 200 free as Carroll, Jacob Worcester, Markevich and Jeff Rogers powered their way to a 1:35.55. Hampden came in second at 1:39.39 and Orono was third (1:40.61).
England cruised in the 100 backstroke, posting a 56.09 clocking, as the Rams swept the top three spots. Booysen was second (1:01.93) and Eli Beauchamp third (1:06.37). Cam Grant of John Bapst of Bangor was fourth (1:08.24).
Keith Chandler earned top honors in the 100 breaststroke for Ellsworth with a time of 1:02.31. Reading of Bangor was second (1:05.60) and Carbone of MDI third (1:05.61).
Smallwood was a last-minute addition to the 400 free relay, taking the place of an ill England. Smallwood swam the anchor leg and capped the night with another win. Bangor’s 3:27.79 was more than four seconds ahead of second-place Ellsworth (3:32.38) and MDI was third (3:37.87).
One of the more remarkable swims came in the 500 free, even though it wasn’t a win. Nathan Genrich, a junior at MDI, finished ninth in 6:05.92. That is 47 seconds faster than his seed time and also qualified him for the state meet.