April 21, 2018
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MDI girls roll by Bangor for second straight PVC swim title

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — Mount Desert Island High School won its second consecutive Penobscot Valley Conference girls swimming and diving championship Saturday at Husson University with 328 points.

Bangor finished second with 216 and Foxcroft Academy claimed an impressive third at 147. The MDI Trojans also won the PVC crown in 1998.

Coach Tony De Muro’s swimmers won five events and consistently placed swimmers among the high point scoring positions in nearly all events.

Bangor’s talented senior Emma Waddell won two events, the 200 free and the 100 butterfly. In both races, the Williams College bound racer established records. Teammate Hannah Wood, a frosh swimmer, also won two events as did MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.

MDI opened the meet with a flashy medley-relay victory. After trailing by a second on the backstroke leg, the Trojans stroked to a lead on the breaststroke leg when Avalon Kerley split 34.1 seconds.

Teammates Leila Johnston and Sydney Wright extended the lead as MDI cruised to a 1:55.5 finish, more than a second ahead of Bangor. Johnston’s split of 23.8 on the fly extended the lead and Wright added a 26.9 anchor.

Waddell showcased her racing skills on the first leg of the 200 free when she turned a 26.3, two seconds ahead of the field, and easily swam away from the field in a 1:54.4 PVC record, finishing 12 seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer. MDI nabbed 26 points in the event with four scorers and after two events held a 14-point lead.

In the third event, the 200 IM, the first three legs were sharply competitive between Foxcroft’s Julia Annis and Wood. Annis led by fractions of a second after the breaststroke, but Wood swam an aggressive final 50 to win in 2:15.5.

Annis scored second at 2:17.7. MDI received points from Aubrie Boyce and Annie Painter. Yet, BHS sliced the lead to one point.

DeMuro’s sprinters surged in the 50 free, amassing 29 points to take control of the event and the meet. DaCorte was first off the blocks and first to the touchpad to finish in a speedy 25.8. Teammates Eli Hinerfield, Mary Ellen Sharp, and Rebecca Planchart collected valuable points for the Trojans.

Emily Daub of Bangor scored 317:50 points to win the 11-dive one meter. Bapst’s Kayla Bousfield placed second and MDI divers finished fifth, sixth. and seventh to extend the lead 123 to 95.

Waddell, who is so explosive off the turns in the 100 butterfly, stretched her fly across the four lengths to set both a PVC and a pool record at 56.1. Waddell now holds pool records at Husson in the 500 free, 200 IM in addition the 200 free and 100 fly.

However, MDI followed its dominating performance in the 50 free with another dominating field in the fly claiming second, fourth, fifth and seventh and built the lead 164 to 111. Johnston, who scored second, was the only other swimmer under 60 seconds at 57.4.

DaCorte’s 100 free win at 55.9 was nearly two seconds ahead of the field. MDI continued to collect points scoring third, ninth, and 11th.

While MDI dominated the field in several events, Bangor’s Wood dominated the field in the 500 free ( 5:25) with a 34-second win. Eli Hinerfield led MDI’s three scorers with a fourth-place finish.

In the 200 free relay, the lead-off leg from MDI’ s Johnston was fast (24.1), so fast, in fact, that the Trojan set a pool record for the 50 free. Earlier in the season, Johnston had set pool records at Husson in the 100 back and 100 free. Johnston. resting during the early heats of the next event, the 100 back, swam in the final heat and won in 1:00.4.

Foxcroft’s Julia Annis won the 100 breaststroke with a strong second half of the race to finish in 1:09.6. Kerley was second for MDI.

Bangor won the 400 free relay to close the meet.

Orono finished fourth in team scoring with 145 points and was followed by Old Town 138, John Bapst 136, George Stevens Academy 80, Hampden Academy 61, Brewer 46, Ellsworth 41, Presque Isle 20, Hermon 16, Caribou 4 and Washington Academy 2.


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