Johnston leads MDI girls to second straight Class B swim title

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, at 10:55 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.

Junior Leila Johnston set two state records as the Mount Desert Island Trojans of Bar Harbor claimed their second straight state Class B girls swimming and diving title Monday night at Bowdoin College’s Greason Pool in Brunswick.

Johnston, named the meet’s outstanding performer, toppled state marks in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free and sparked the Trojans to a meet record in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. She also led off the winning 200 free relay.

MDI cruised to a team total of 326 points in the 12-event meet, easily outdistancing runner-up Cape Elizabeth with 252. Greely of Cumberland Center finished third at 244, and Camden Hills of Rockport was fourth with 233 points.

After the Trojans’ victory in the medley relay — which included Avalon Kerley, Lydia DaCorte and Sydney Wright — Greely placed four swimmers among the top nine in the 200 free and grabbed a short-lived lead with a 48-point posting.

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Johnston helped MDI regain the lead for good with her record swim in the 50 free, a 23.56-second clocking that eclipsed the old mark of 23.84 set by Celia Ouellette of Class A Mount Ararat of Topsham last year. Wright finished seventh to add a dozen points as the Trojans went up by 21 over the Capers.

Johnston sprinted to a 51.67 mark in the 100 free, breaking her own record of 52.42 set last month. DaCorte won the grueling 500 free in 5 minutes, 18.19 seconds, was second in the 200 free and anchored the 200 free relay, which MDI won by nearly 2.5 seconds in 1:40.22.

Senior Sydney Wight led Cape Elizabeth with a victory in the 200 free (1:55.89), and Colby Harvey of Waynflete of Portland won twice as well, setting a meet-record 54.97 in the 100 fly and taking the 100 backstroke by nearly two seconds.

Other Eastern Maine scores included Foxcroft Academy in eighth with 107 points, John Bapst of Bangor ninth with 101 and Old Town 11th with 58.

Waterville earned the sportsmanship award.

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