BRUNSWICK, Maine — With several state records falling in two days of Class A state swimming and diving competition, Genna Worthley of Deering of Portland put an extra exclamation point on Tuesday’s efforts by the girls.
After winning the 200-yard individual medley early in the meet at Bowdoin College’s Greason Pool, Worthley obliterated the state record in the 100-yard breaststroke and earned automatic All-American status with her time of 1 minute, 3.72 seconds. The old record was also hers, a 1:04.97 set in last year’s state meet at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool in Orono.
“I just tried to do the best I could, and I think I did,” said Worthley. “I’m just ecstatic, I couldn’t be happier.”
Cape Elizabeth claimed the state team championship with 282 points, holding off runner-up Brunswick with 268.5. Deering was third with 248 and two-time defending champ Bangor fourth at 245.5.
“Depth really helped us more than ever before,” said Cape coach Ben Raymond. “We had four swimmers in the 100 fly, four in the 500 free and three in the 100 free.”
He also enjoyed the way the lead changed hands.
“It was really exciting back and forth until the 100 back,” said Raymond.
The win was assured at that point because the Capers led by 39.5 points over Brunswick entering the final event, the 400 free relay.
“We just had to get four swimmers in the water safely,” he said. “It’s not always easy.”
Deering won the event, topping Bangor, but when Cape’s fourth swimmer entered the water successfully, any hope of catching the Capers ended.
“It makes for a more exciting meet for everyone involved,” said Raymond.
That included Brunswick coach David Bright, who was happy even as runner-up.
“We have not been at the top, challenging for top spots, for a long time,” Bright said.
Bangor coach Cindi Howard was a little disappointed.
“We didn’t have some real good swims [in the prelims],” said Howard.
Still, the Rams challenged for the lead for a while.
“The girls who made it through [prelims] did awesome in the finals,” said Howard. “Everyone swam their best times [in the finals].”
Cape Elizabeth’s run at Bangor’s crown began with the state record the Capers reset in the opening event, the 200 medley relay.
The quartet of Hannah Homans, Sadie Stiles, Sydney Wight and Caroline Herriman swam a 1:50.17 to edge the record the Capers set in January 2012 of 1:50.19. Homans and Wright were members of that team, also. Deering of Portland was under the meet record of 1:51.62, as well, at 1:51.42, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Stags.
Jessica Russell of Brunswick won the 200 free by more than three seconds over Cape’s Wight, 1:56.49 to 1:59.53.
Worthley tipped Bangor ace Emma Waddell in the 200 IM with a 2:05.46 clocking to Waddell’s 2:05.91. The two were more than 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, but the Capers placed two in the championship final and one in the consolation final and picked up 29 points to 26 for Bangor. The Rams’ Alyssa Reardon led the consolation final for nine points to back Waddell.
Celia Ouellette of Mount Ararat of Topsham won the 50 free again, this time bettering the state mark formerly held by Gina Mancini of Falmouth in 2003. Ouellette went in 23.84, while Mancini’s mark was 23.88. Ouellette also won the 100 free, posting a 53.29 to beat Tessa Lindsley of Cheverus (54.44).
Tori Leonard put up a strong finish in the final three dives to finish with 343.30 points and flew past Bangor’s Elizabeth Huber, who totalled 321.65.
Brewer, led by Glory Watson’s fifth-place finish, put four divers among the 10 in the final and posted 41 team points.
Waddell posted a victory in the 100 butterfly, her time of 56.74 beating Wight by a full second.
Lynsie Russell of Brunswick got her swimming career off to a strong start as the freshman won the 500 free in 5:25.64. Bangor’s Reardon cut her prelim time by almost 15 seconds to grab second (5:38.64).
Russell came back in the next event, the 200 free relay, to swim the third leg and help the Dragons cruise to victory in 1:41.92 with Cape second (1:44.51).
Sarah Nappo of Cheverus set a meet record in the 100 backstroke with a 57.40 time, beating Roberts’ time 2009 time of 57.69.
Deering closed out the meet by winning the final event as well, the 400 free relay in 3:43.07 to Bangor’s 3:45.75. Cape finished sixth, but all it had to do was finish in order to win.