ORONO, Maine — The Greely High Rangers of Cumberland Center won their fourth consecutive boys Class B state championship Monday at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool.
“It was a win by committee,” said Rangers coach Bob Hale. “Everyone who qualified scored in the finals.”
The Rangers tallied 303 points while coach Tony DeMuro’s Mount Desert team finished second with 247. The Ellsworth High Eagles, the recipients of the Sportsmanship Award, finished third in the field, in which 24 teams scored.
Actually, the Rangers, whose depth was evident in numerous events, closed the meet with a speedy 400 free relay at 3 minutes, 23.5 seconds to win their first gold medal of the meet. The Rangers, the fourth seed (3:34.1) in the 400 free relay following the trials, were racing third at the halfway mark of the relay. A 50.8 split from the third swimmer Jack Benoit and an anchor swim of 48.9 from Jonathan Dumont sealed the Rangers’ relay win.
In the trials, Hale noted the Rangers had a near perfect performance.
“We were one swim away from 100 percent of best times,” he said.
The Rangers, however, were unable to swim away from the aggressive MDI racers during the first six events in the finals. MDI claimed the first relay at 1:41.9, opening the relay with a two- second lead after the first hundred. The Rangers closed on the fly leg, but MDI senior Tyler Wood touched first on the anchor leg.
MDI’s Ross Johnston, who split a 25 on the backstroke leg of the relay, won the Trojans second gold of the meet in the second event, the 200 free, dropping his trial time by five seconds to finish in 1:44.9, five-hundredths off the meet record.
Performer of the Meet, voted by the coaches, Cameron Fadley of Foxcroft Academy, won the first of his two golds in the 200 individual medley. Later in the meet, the talented senior blazed to an impressive 47.9 in the 100 free, nearly 2.5 seconds ahead on the field.
After the trials, Hale commented, “We are deep.
“I am a little surprised with our performance in the trials,” he added. “We swam so well in the conference meet six days ago, I was not sure what we would have today.”
The Ranger depth scored three swimmers in the individual medley and four swimmers in the the 50 free, an event won by Belfast’s Jonathan Clapp at 22.6.
Will Greene of MDI gained another first place for DeMuro’s squad with a 342.50 diving performance.
Johnston collected the butterfly gold for MDI with his second win of the meet. The senior touched at 52.3 in the 100 butterfly as MDI held a 10-point lead over the Rangers 148 to 138.
The 500 free produced an impressive victory from Falmouth’s Jake Perron. Perron swam away from the field to win by 14 seconds and touched at 4:43.8. Greely’s Nate Madeira won the bronze.
Maderia and his relay mates Andrew Coon, Connor Russell and Fred Bower nabbed the silver medal in the 200 free relay as Hale’s Rangers extended the lead to 23 points, 213 to 190. Camden Hills won the event.
Two finalists in the 100 backstroke and two scorers in the 100 breaststroke for the Rangers added to Greely’s lead prior to their gold in the final relay.
Evan Coleman of Yarmouth won the 100 backstroke (53.8). Maks Grover of Ellsworth was second (54.7).
In the 100 breaststroke, MDI freshman racer Thomas Gallup led at the 50 (29.2) and outsplit the field by five-tenths of a second in the final 50 to win in 1:02.3.
Robert “Bob” Johnston received the 2012-13 State Meet dedication from the MPA. Johnston, who has coached at Waterville for 18 years, has a 45-year career in competitive swimming.