February 28, 2020
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Cheverus boys speed to seventh straight Class A boys swimming and diving title

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Cheverus High School of Portland won all three relays and placed swimmers in numerous other events on Monday to capture its seventh consecutive Class A boys swimming and diving state championship held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Coach Kevin Haley’s Stags scored 318 points to easily beat runner-up South Portland’s 227, while Bangor finished third at 168. Scarborough (157) placed fourth and Portland (155) was fifth. Kennebunk (153.5), Waterville-Winslow (134), Cony of Augusta (129.5), Messalonskee of Oakland (115.5) and Dering of Portland (114) rounded out the top 10.

Sophomore Brim Peabody and junior Quinton Hastings were among the catalysts for Cheverus. Peabody took second in the 200 freestyle and the 500 free and Hastings took second in the 50 free and the 100 free.

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Both swimmers competed on the Stags’ victorious 200 free relay (1 minute, 30.08 seconds) squad, which included Phineas Underwood and John Hight. Peabody teamed up with Underwood, Jack Martin and Jeremy Baker to win the 400 free relay (3:22.97).

The Stags also claimed the 200 medley relay in 1:42.03 behind Martin, Hight, Owen Gallo-Wagoner and Hastings.

Martin turned in a second in the 200 IM and a fourth in the 100 backstroke and Underwood was fourth in the 100 free and sixth in the 200 free. Gallo-Wagoner (fourth, 500 free; seventh, 200 IM) and High (sixth, breaststroke) also swam well.

Carson Prouty of Bangor won the 200 individual medley in 1:51.19 and also earned gold in the 100 back in 51.03. Nathaniel Berry of Cony High in Augusta was a double-event winner, claiming the 50 free (20.70) and the 100 free (47.43).

Deering’s Owen McLaughlin also won two events, the 200 free (1:43.01) and the 100 butterfly (51.65).

Cameron LaBree of Hampden Academy is the state champion in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.64), Anibal Berry-Gaviria of Mt. Ararat in Topsham scored 352.35 points to claim the diving and Gavin McLeod of Scarborough won the 500 free in 4:45.51.

South Portland’s top performers included Momchil Dagorov (third, 200 IM; third 500 free) and Dennis Slobodzian (third, 100 free; fifth, 50 free).


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