BANGOR — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ swimming and diving team won their third consecutive PVC championship Saturday at the Husson University pool complex with 313 points, well ahead of rival Bangor, with 209.
At the boys’ meet Friday, Bangor won with 274.5 points. The MDI boys were in a tight competition for second place, but Ellsworth edged them out 227-215.
“It’s always a little disappointing to miss out by a few points,” MDI Coach Tony DeMuro said, “but I give lots of credit to the Ellsworth team. They swam better than we did, and they deserved it.”
MDI also brought home five individual first-place medals.
Leila Johnston and Lydia DaCorte each took first in two events. Johnston set new pool records in the 100-yard butterfly with her time of 57.06 seconds and in the 100-yard backstroke with 59.54 seconds. DaCorte became PVC champion in the 50-yard freestyle with 25.36 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle with 55.01.
Pierce DiMauro won the 200-yard freestyle with 1:53.65. “He’s an incredibly hard worker,” DeMuro said.
In other girls’ events, Maddie Woodworth, Avalon Kerley, DaCorte and Johnston were first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:53.84. Sydney Wright was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with 2:14.62, and Eliza Schleif was seventh with 2:15.45. Bailey Cust, Ellie McGee and Annie Painter also recorded state-qualifying times in that event.
Kerley was third in the 200-yard individual medley with 2:20.56. Woodworth was sixth with 2:27.18. Aubrie Boyce, Rachel Jacobs and Kirstin DiMauro qualified for states in the event.
Behind DaCorte in the 50-yard freestyle, Ceileigh Weaver was fifth with 28.55, and Mary Ellen Sharp was eighth with 28.96.
Chelsea Schroeder was runner-up in girls’ diving with a final score of 277.80.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Schleif was fifth with 1:01.69, Sharp was sixth with 1:02.85, and Rebecca Gerrish was tenth with 1:04.79. Wright was seventh in the 500-yard freestyle with 6:12.41. Cust and Kerley also qualified in the event.
Schleif, Wright, Woodworth and DaCorte won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.12. Woodworth, Gerrish and Jacobs recorded qualifying times in the 100-yard backstroke. Kerley was runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:12.69. Schleif, Wright, Weaver and Johnston finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with 4:01.73.
At the boys’ meet Friday, Hutchin Gerrish, Kristoph Naggert, Sam TeHennepe and Billy Kerley were third in the 200-yard medley relay with 1:55.36. Behind DiMauro in the 200-yard freestyle, Hutchin Gerrish was sixth with 2:04.64.
In the 50-yard freestyle, MDI Coach David Blaney’s 1997 PVC record was broken by Ellsworth’s Tyler Hamilton with his time of 21.46 seconds. Trojan Jacob Mitchell was third with 23.81 seconds.
Will Greene won the semifinal round in boys diving with 343.65 points, but fell in the finals to Kyle Adams of Bangor by a score of 497.25 – 489.45. Bryce DiMauro was fifth in the finals with 248.45.
Pierce DiMauro was third in the 100-yard butterfly with 59.85 seconds. Kohl Shaw was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle with 54.40 seconds. Naggert was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with 5:24.77 and Hutchin Gerrish was fifth with 5:43.23.
Mitchell, Shaw, Naggert and Pierce DiMauro were runners up in the 200-yard freestyle relay with 1:36.93. Mitchell was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with 1:01.53. Mitchell, Shaw, Billy Kerley and Pierce DiMauro were fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with 3:39.20.
The state Class B meets are set for Saturday and Monday at the University of Maine in Orono.
The boys’ meet begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The girls swim Monday at 10:30 a.m. A total of 19 girls and 9 boys from MDI will compete in the state meets.
“This week, the girls face their biggest test, with a rival Greely team that is swimming phenomenally,” DeMuro said. Nothing brings the best out in someone like heated competition, and I expect that’s what we’ll get on Monday.”