BANGOR, Maine — David Smallwood helped set a dominating tone for Bangor High School on Friday night.
The senior won two individual events and contributed to a pair of first-place relays to help the Rams cruise to victory in the Penobscot Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at Webber Pool on the campus of Husson University.
Coach Phil Emery’s contingent piled up 375 points to claim the program’s 28th PVC title in 35 years. Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor was the runner-up with 189 points, followed by Ellsworth (164), Old Town (155) and John Bapst of Bangor (108).
Rounding out the team scoring were Presque Isle (96), Foxcroft Academy (65), Orono (60), Hampden Academy (49), Brewer (46), Washington Academy of East Machias (33), George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (19) and Caribou (15).
“It was very typical of PVCs,” Emery said. “We had some unbelievably good times, some mediocre times and some lousy times. You shouldn’t be at the top of your game here.”
That didn’t prevent Smallwood from tuning up for the state championship meet Feb. 17 at the University of Maine.
Smallwood helped Bangor get off to a fast start, swimming the butterfly leg on its victorious 200-yard medley relay squad. Louis Booysen, Liam Reading and Colton Markevich combined with Smallwood to churn out a pool-record time of 1:40.47.
The previous mark was set by Bangor in 1999.
“It’s definitely a stepping stone,” said Markevich, who also was second in the 50 free and 100 free. “It [the PVCs] kind of helps us judge how we’re going to perform.”
With only a brief respite, Smallwood was back in the pool for the next event, the 200 freestyle. He went out in 23.67 for the first 50 yards and swam to a PVC record with his time of 1:43.71.
The effort surpassed the 1:46.58 turned in by Jeff Lynn of Brewer in 1988.
“I was really happy with the 2 (hundred) free,” Smallwood said. “I’ve only gone a 1:43 once before and that was at nationals.”
Smallwood continued his impressive evening in the 100 butterfly, which he dominated with PVC and pool-record swim of 51.70 seconds. He held the previous pool mark of 53.03, set a year ago.
His 50-yard split of 24.20 in that race also was a pool record.
Smallwood finished his night by anchoring Bangor’s winning entry in the 400 free relay, which posted a time of 3:22.73. He was joined by Markevich, Booysen and Reading
“We like to have every meet all-out, just to see where we are in the season,” Smallwood said, “but I don’t think this is indicative at all of how we’re going to do at the state meet.”
Bangor was victorious in the 200 individual medley, where Reading led the way in 2:03.39, with Booysen taking third and Stephen Comeau finishing seventh.
Talor Hamilton of Ellsworth took advantage of his speed while claiming the PVC individual titles in two events. The sophomore won the 50 freestyle in 22.52 seconds, then took top honors in the 100 backstroke with a 55.26 clocking.
The Rams scored five competitors in the diving competition, sparked by Grant Lufkin. The senior piled up 289.25 points in the semifinals to finish with a winning score of 408.60.
Will Greene of MDI placed second, followed by Bangor’s Kyle Adams and Alex Pulley. The Rams’ other scorers were Damian Robinson (sixth) and Toby Jones (seventh).
Other top swimmers for Bangor included Lufkin (3rd 50 free, 2nd 200 free relay), Reading (2nd 100 breaststroke) and Booysen (3rd 200 IM, 4th 100 back).
“The kids did a nice job. We had some incredible races all night,” Emery said.
Freshman Nick Gould of Old Town made an impression during his PVC Championship debut, taking first place in the 100 freestyle in 50.53 seconds. Freshman Sam Alvarado of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill did likewise while posting an eight-second win in the 500 free in 5:01.61.
Old Town’s youth movement was again in evidence during the 200 free relay, where Gould anchored the Coyotes with a 22.73-second split. Nate St. Jean, Garrett Stoyell and Jake Ketch also contributed to the 1:37.42 victory.
Sophomore Thomas Gallup of Mount Desert Island joined in the fun, outdueling Bangor’s Reading over the final 25 yards to take the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.34. Reading clocked a 1:01.66.