Cony’s Gabby Low competes in the 100 yard butterfly during the girls Class A swim championship in Orono on Monday. Low won with a time of 55.38.
(Kevin Bennett photo)
ORONO — Through eight events in the Class A girls’ state swimming and diving championships Monday, Scarborough was tied with Cony after coming from behind.
“The meet was really tight and we needed a shot in the arm,” said Cony Coach Jon Millett, who moved stalwart swimmer Gabby Low from the 400-yard free relay to the third leg of the upcoming 200 free relay.
Nice shot in the arm.
Low gave Cony the lead in her leg and the Rams won the relay – the best race of the day. They then stayed atop the team standings and captured their second straight state title in the meet at the University of Maine.
Cony won five individual events and two relays to total 280 points. Scarborough, with 259 points, was the runner-up for the second time in three years.
Falmouth finished in third (226.5), followed by Kennebunk (218), Bangor (214) and Cheverus (163).
Low, after helping the 200 free relay team, jumped in the pool for the next event, winning the 100 backstroke in a state-meet record time of 56.28 seconds.
“I just felt really relaxed and smooth the whole race,” Low said.
Low, a junior, was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Along with her meet record and her part in the 200 free relay, she won the 100 butterfly (55.38) and swam the butterfly leg in the winning 200 medley relay (1:53.38).
“She’s put in the hard work and she’s getting what she deserves,” Millett said.
Cony sophomore Cecilia Guadalupi also collected four golds with wins in the 50 freestyle (24.75) and 500 freestyle (5:12.43), and legs in the same winning relays.
Another Cony junior, Talia Jorgenson, won the 100 freestyle (54.89), ahead of Lewiston junior Brooke Cloutier (55.66).
Scarborough featured one individual champion, senior Hannah Griffin in the 200 individual medley (2:11.58), ahead of Caroline Arpin of Cheverus (2:16.35). Griffin was also second in the 50 freestyle (26.03) and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:44.35). All three times were school records.
“We swam really well,” Scarborough Coach Eric French said. “We did what we could. We’re not upset at all.”
South Portland senior Molly Mawhinney won the 100 breast stroke in 1:09.18, with Lewiston’s Cloutier getting another second-place (1:09.31). Lewiston’s Melina Masselli added a 16th-place finish in the same event.
Messalonskee High senior Kenzie Burton won the 200 freestyle (1:58.53), leading from the start.
Bangor junior Ella Stone won the diving (415.45), followed by Sophia Ham of Falmouth (360.6) and Taylor Nguyen of Falmouth (318.60).
Isabel Harms of Kennebunkport competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the girls’ Class A swim championship in Orono on Monday. (Kevin Bennett photo)Jane Greenberg of Scarborough competes in the 100 yard free styleduring the girls Class A swim championship in Orono on Monday. (Kevin Bennett photo)Hannah Griffin of Scarborough competes in the 200 yard IM during the girls Class A swim championship in Orono on Monday. (Kevin Bennett photo)