BRUNSWICK, Maine — From start to finish, there was never a doubt which team was in line to win the Class B boys state swimming and diving championship.
Greely won its third consecutive state title on Monday night at the Greason Pool at Bowdoin College, with a score of 386 points. Following the Rangers of Cumberland Center was Belfast with 254 points, with Mount Desert Island finishing third with 217 points.
It’s the seventh swimming and diving championship in school history for the Rangers, who won their first title in Class A in 1978. Greely tipped the scoring scale by capturing four first-place finishes, along with five second-place finishes.
“Across the board, everybody swam really well,” Greely head coach Rob Hale said. “Coming in, we knew we were favorites on paper and they came out with a sense of urgency and raised their game, even though as a team they knew we were doing all right.”
It would have been easy for Greely to become complacent, but the Rangers took it upon themselves to not only compete with each other, but with the clock at all times.
“It’s between ourselves,” Greely senior Evan Campbell said. “It’s never against the others in the pool, it’s against the clock. It’s always against the clock.”
Leading the way for the Rangers was senior Dan Spencer, who took first place in the 50 free with a time of 22.30 seconds, less than a second from a meet record. He also won his third consecutive state championship in the 100 free with a time of 48.54 and anchored a record-breaking squad in the 200-yard medley and was also the anchor for a 400 free relay that finished in first place. If that wasn’t enough, it was also Spencer who sang the national anthem before the start of the meet.
“He hates to lose,” Hale said. “It’s not that he likes to win, he hates to lose.”
Spencer helped Greely take over the championships from the first event, finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.84, along with teammates Evan Campbell, Griffen Fluent and Jonathan Dunnett.
“We have a huge senior class this year,” Spencer said. “We’re just trying to send us out with a bang, I guess.”
Aside from Spencer, the other double winner in the meet was Keith Chandler of Ellsworth, who won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.59 while also placing first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.97. In order to win both events, Chandler had to beat two Greely swimmers, edging Dunnett in the fly and beating Campbell in the backstroke.
Cameron Fadley of Foxcroft Academy took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.39, beating Dunnett, and also placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.01. Jason Carbone of MDI placed second in the event at 1:03.48. Fadley was named the swimmer of the meet.
Ross Johnston of MDI won the 200 free in 1:48.21, holding off Luke Jeton of Waynflete, while Ryan Conley of Falmouth won the 1-meter diving competition, with a score of 350.15.
Jake Perron of Falmouth won the 500 free in 4:56.30, holding off Jeton, who had a time of 4:57.51.
MDI edged Greely in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the quartet of Joseph Kief, Jason Carbone, Will Pearce and Johnston.
Also among the team scores were Waterville with 186, Ellsworth with 171, Falmouth 170, Hampden Academy 116, Camden HIlls Regional 107, Orono 101, Yarmouth 74, John Bapst of Bangor 67, Westbrook 58, Waynflete of Portland 54, Winslow 50, Foxcroft Academy 49, St. Dominic Academy of Auburn 37, Presque Isle 33, Old Town 29, Wiscasset 16, Washington Academy of East Machias 15, Bangor Christian 14, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 12, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 7 and North Yarmouth Academy 6.