BANGOR – Freezing rain was the weather condition outside, but inside at Husson College’s pool in Johnston Gym, the temperature was downright tropical.
The Bangor boys and girls swim teams further heated things up with a 129-54 boys win and a 123-62 girls victory over Brewer Tuesday evening.
Both girls and boys teams have been affected by the onslaught of ice, but both Rams coach Phil Emery and Witches coach Kathy Cahill said double practices during the winter vacation overcame the loss of practice this week.
“I think it affected our less-experienced swimmers,” Emery said. “It didn’t bother our front-line as much. They did fine.”
Mike Reid, one of Emery’s most solid front-line swimmers, obviously wasn’t bothered by the loss of practice time. He won two events for the Rams.
“We got some much-needed rest,” Reid said.
Reid, a senior, took the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 17.50 seconds. He was commanding in the 500 freestyle, swimming to a body-length lead by the end of the first 25 yards and finishing in 5:19.77. His closest competitor came in almost one minute later.
But Reid hasn’t been happy with his times in the distance event so far this season.
“I’m not where I want to be,” he said. “But it will come. It’s not too bad.”
Bangor freshman sensation Jason Thomas also won two events, the 50 free in 23.16 and the 100 backstroke with a 56.99 finish.
Jim Soucie won the 200 free with a time of 1:58.52. Dan Soucie took first in the 100 breastroke in 1:07.01. Tae Chung won the 100 free with 52.41, and Adam Carney had a lifetime best in the 100 butterfly with a 56.84 finish.
Dan Lucier won the 1-meter dive for Brewer’s only individual win on the night. He finished with a total score of 152.40.
“Dan Lucier was impeccable,” Cahill said.
Leah Morey stood out for the Bangor girls, leading off the winning 200 medley relay squad of Rachael Soucie, Sarah Guerette, and Molly Higgins. Like Reid, Morey also won the 200 I.M. with a 2:34.38 finish and took first in the 500 free in 5:55.42.
Guerette also won two events. She grabbed first in the 100 fly with a 1:06.07 and took the 100 back in 1:07.57.
Other winners for the girls included Katie Falk’s first place and personal best in the 200 free, finishing in 2:19.56, and Emily Haney’s personal best of 29.72 for a victory in the 50 free. Soucie won the 100 free with a 58.32 finish.
Diver Brooke Hayes continued to dominate the boards, winning the diving with 182.10 points.
“We had a lot of great times all-around and some near-career bests,” Bangor girls coach Nick Voikos said.
Brewer’s Bridgette Rand earned the Witches’ only victory, placing first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:22.61.
“We expected the outcome to be different, but we were pleasantly surprised,” Cahill said.