BANGOR – The seniors on the Bangor girls swim team took to the waters at Husson College for the last time on Saturday, competing in their final home meet.
But it’s certainly not the end of the season. That comes with states, and the seniors – who already have three Class A state titles – are leading a team that will be in contention for a fourth.
The girls took one more step toward the championship and got a good look at a Western Maine team with a 119-66 win over South Portland at the Husson College pool.
“We’re progressing nicely,” Bangor coach Nick Voikos said. “We seem to be getting to where we want to be. We had an extraordinary amount of times today.”
The Bangor boys also beat South Portland, claiming the victory with a final score of 118-69.
Seniors Johanna McDougall and Rachael Soucie were standouts for the Rams. McDougall won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 23.47 seconds, and Soucie captured first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:07.72 finish.
Soucie led off the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, both winners for the girls. McDougall swam the breaststroke leg of the medley relay.
It was the juniors, however, who won the most individual events. Leah Morey took first in the 50 free with a time of 27.80 and the 100 free in 59.56.
Junior Sarah Guerette was victorious in the 200 individual medley, touching in at 2:27.36. She also won the 500 free in a personal – and season-best 5:37.75.
“I try to do my first 100 faster and then swim even after that,” Guerette said of her race plan in the distance event. “I think I was right on until I hit the 400 mark.”
Sophomore Kari Jenkins won the 1-meter diving with a total score of 163.95.
Winners for South Portland included Kara Kill in the 200 free (2:13.12) and Sue Rowley in the 100 butterfly (1:10.08). The Riots also won the 200 free relay, with Rowley, Jocie Eberle, Kill and Amanda Ridge taking the event in 1:55.63.
Every South Portland girl, coach Peter Small said, had at least one season-best time.
“This was our first meet in a yard pool, and our kids did really well,” he said. ” is a powerful team. They have such depth that it’s tough to know what to expect.”
In the boys meet, Bangor started off strong with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay.
Freshman Jason Thomas led off the second-place team, swimming the fastest backstroke leg in that event. Thomas also won the 100 butterfly in 58.99 and the 100 free with a 50.03 finish.
Thomas, whose times in the 500 free are nearing the Class A state record, attributes his success to training under Bangor coach Phil Emery. It also helps, Thomas said, that he trains closely with senior Mike Reid, who won the 200 free in 1:54.11 and was on the first-place 200 free relay. Thomas and Reid usually share a lane during practices.
“He’s a really hard worker,” Thomas said. “It helps when you work with someone like that.”
Bangor’s Dan Soucie also won two events, grabbing the 500 free in 5:23.68 and the 100 back in 57.56. Jim Soucie won the 200 IM in 2:08.51 and freshman Alex Small was victorious in the 50 free with a personal-best 23.87.
Reid took first in the 200 free with a 1:54.11 finish.
“Mike’s times have been a little down. He needed to have a good swim in the 200 and he did that,” Emery said.
South Portland did have scoring success in some events. Colin Silva won the 1-meter diving with a final score of 159.25 and Kevin Fox took first in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.16 finish. The squad of Eric French, Robert Kierstead, Fox and Elbert Blanchard won the 400 free relay in 3:53.84.
Aside from the wins for South Portland, the Riots had a number of new qualifiers for states, including junior Ian Dawson, who has chopped 21 seconds off his 500 free time in the past three weeks.
“We had some great swims,” coach Lloyd Crocker said.