April 06, 2020

Old Town teams sweep Brewer

BANGOR – Old Town diver Missy Ouellette hasn’t been feeling well lately. Suffering the side effects of a bad flu, she hasn’t practiced in two weeks and she has missed the Indians’ last two meets.

But when Ouellette finished competition on the 1-meter dive in Old Town’s swim meet against Brewer Friday night, she had won the event, qualified for states and set an Indians’ record.

So went the evening for the Old Town girls team, which beat Brewer 102-79 at the Bangor YWCA’s Aloupis Pool.

The Indian boys completed the sweep, downing the Witches 112-73.

Ouellette, a senior, handily beat the rest of the field with a total score of 190.8 points. The previous mark had been set last season by Courtney Madden.

Ouellette said she had no idea during her six dives that she was breaking the record.

“I didn’t think that I had enough difficulty on my dives to win,” she said after the meet. “I was in the locker room when I found out.”

No other records were broken, but the Indians won every event except the 200 freestyle and the 400 free relay. On the boys’ side, the Witches won just the 1-meter dive, the 500 free and the 100 backstroke.

Indian junior Tristan Springer won both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. She qualified for states in both events after swimming them for the first time Friday.

“You usually have personal bests in events you don’t swim that often,” Springer said.

The Old Town squad of Katie Laverdier, Sara McLaughlin, Jessica Smith and Cathy Sibley won the 200 medley relay. Smith also won the 100 backstroke and 100 free.

Amanda Sidell took first in the 50 free and Amanda Peterson was victorious in the 500 free.

Brewer’s winners were Bridgette Rand in the 200 free and Meaghan McAlpine in the 100 breastroke.

But for Brewer coach Kathy Cahill, the highlight of the girls meet was Kristyn Nordfors finishes in exhibition heats of the 50 free and 200-free relay.

Nordfors, a sophomore, has been battling severe asthma that Cahill said has led to Nordfors’ anxiety over getting into the pool. Friday was Nordfors’ first meet of the season.

“We’ve been working on the mental aspect, doing some breathing and relaxation exercises,” Cahill said. “Tonight was a big step for her.”

The Old Town boys also won the 200 medley relay on the strength of a strong breaststroke leg by Zach Gasaway, who moved the Indians past a surging Brewer squad in the next lane. David May, Jason Tilotson and Kyle Noonan rounded out the rest of the relay team.

Gasaway also took first in the 100 free.

Chris Comeau won two events, the 200 IM and the 100 fly.

The Indians’ other winners included Adam Boynton in the 200 free, Eric Matthews in the 50 free and Chad Young in the 100 breast.

“We had a lot of personal bests,” said Old Town coach Matt Blyther. “We’ve been training hard over the winter break and we’re focusing on the state meet.”

Brewer’s biggest success came in the 500 free, as Ryan Danforth qualified for states with a 5:51.13 finish.

“He had difficulty qualifying last year and he really surpassed that today,” Cahill said of the junior, who also won the 100 back. “I’m pleased to get it done so early.”

Brewer’s Dan Lucier took first in the dive with a total score of 177.8.

“Dan was on fire today,” Cahill said. “He nailed most of his dives.”

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