April 27, 2018
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Greely High boys capture eighth state swim title

By Robby MacDonald, Special to  the BDN

The Greely High School Rangers of Cumberland captured the Class B Swimming and Diving boys state championship for the second straight year Tuesday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick with 289 points.

The Morse Shipbuilders of Bath finished second with 263 points. Camden Hills, Cape Elizabeth and Mount Desert Island tied for third at 196.

In response to the weather forecast, the Maine Principals’ Association adjusted the start time to 1:30 p.m. and the meet was run as a timed finals meet instead of prelims and finals.

Coach Bob Hale’s Greely Rangers, trailing Morse 110-109 after the 100 butterfly, placed three swimmers in the 100 free and moved to a 146-126 lead, a lead they preserved. Jack Benoit (50.3 second) earned a bronze for Greely, and teammate Ryan Plante (50.5) followed with a fourth-place finish. The Rangers also scored 11th.

The Rangers, winning their eighth state title, won the first relay in 1:42.3. Two events later, Greely won its first individual gold when Jonathan Dunnett touched in 1:57.1, ahead of second-place finisher Noah Burr of Orono (2:02.5) and Mount Desert Island’s Thomas Gallup (2:05.1), who earned the bronze.

Dunnett also collected a second gold with a victory in the 100 butterfly (52.3). Benoit won the 100 back in 56 seconds for Greely’s final gold of the meet.

Mount Desert Island’s Will Green won the diving, and Trojan sophomore Gallup clocked a 59.2 in the 100 breaststroke for the win. Gallup, the lone swimmer under 60 seconds in the event, lowered his seed time by two seconds. Cooper Holmes of Ellsworth was the runner-up at 1:02.6.

Talor Hamilton of Ellsworth won two events. His quick 22.1 placed first in the 50 free and his 48.5 won the 100 free. Camden’s Julian Abaldo also won two events. A time of 4:56.7 in the 500 free earned him first place as did a 1:47.4 in the 200 free.

Camden Hills’ freestylers finished first in both relays, stopping in 3:22 in the 400 free and 1:31.3 in the 200 free relay.

Burr gained a bronze in the 500 free at 5:01.9, while another Penobscot Valley Conference swimmer, Sam Alvarado of Ellsworth, placed second at 5:00.

Rounding out the top 10 in team scoring in the 26-team event were Ellsworth 179, Old Town 137, Waterville 131, Yarmouth 92 and Belfast 87.

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