BATH — It was a Brunswick kind of day at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championships at the Bath Area Family YMCA on Monday.
The Dragons won both the boys' and girls' conference titles. The girls accumulated 328 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Messalonskee, which finished with 203. Morse was third (148 points), followed by Mt. Ararat (137), Edward Little (125), Lewiston (113), Cony (105), Lawrence (66) and Leavitt (22).
Though the boys competition was closer, Brunswick pulled away from second place Lewiston, 292-215, with the host Shipbuilders in third with 205 points. Cony (153), Messalonskee (129), Mt. Ararat (87), Edward Little (60) and Lawrence (39) rounded out the field.
Olivia Paione led the Red Eddie girls, finishing second in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
In the 200 IM, she lost to Brunswick’s Jessica Russell, who set two KVAC singles records on the day and helped two Dragon relay squads to KVAC marks. Russell earned KVAC Class A Swimmer of the Meet.
In the 100 breaststroke, Paione again lost to a KVAC record-setter, as Messalonskee’s Kristy Prelgovisk blistered the field in 1:06.94.
“Kristy and Jessica really push you, so I do my best to keep up with them and worry about getting a good time,” said Paione, who touched in 2:13.75 in the 200 IM and 1:08.33 in the 100 breaststroke. “Today was great. I got the school record in the 200 IM and breast, so I was happy with that. I love the competition, and it makes you want to go faster.”
Also for the EL girls, Samantha Goyette was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.86 and fourth in the 500 freestyle (6:02.10), while Rachel Gagne took fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.89).
“The EL girls didn’t have as good of a season as I had hoped, with a lot of injuries, but we had some time off, healing, and we were able to come in and qualify some girls for states,” said Eddies coach and KVAC meet director Scott Morrison.
Lewiston’s Taylor Roy was fourth in the 100 freestyle (1:02.95) and sixth in the 50 free (28.09), with the Blue Devils’ 200 free relay of Jami Morissette, Molly Grenier, Elizabeth Small and Roy finishing fifth in 2:00.92.
“Our team has stepped up phenomenally,” said Lewiston coach Dustin Carrier. “Coming into the season, I was nervous being down in numbers, but it gave us time to work with every one of our swimmers and they have excelled. I don’t care if my kid came in 78th-place out of 80, but if they worked hard and set a lifetime best time, that is all we can ask for, and we all did our job.”
Leavitt’s Kristen Morissette placed in two events, taking third in the 100 backstroke (1:09.35) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (1:03.19).
Lewiston battled Brunswick throughout the meet, ending up in second place overall behind several strong performances.
“The goal was to see the guys swim really fast after having a lot of guys step up to the plate this season,” said Carrier, who watched his second-seeded 200 freestyle relay team of Matthew Charest, Alex Small, Peter Tirabassi and Dustin Morris take first in 1:38.79. “It is nice to see some good, fast swimming out of these kids. You put the best kids on our team against the best from the other teams. As long as they each do their best, I am pleased.”
Charest and Small finished 2-3 in the 100 breaststroke, with Charest finishing in 1:05.53 and Small in 1:13.27. Charest was also fourth in the500 freestyle (5:27.74), while Peter Tirabassi was third in the 200 IM (2:13.33) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.40).
Other top-six finishers for the Blue Devils were Dustin Morris (fourth, 100 backstroke, 1:07.05; sixth, 200 IM, 2:20.69), and Alex Mills (sixth, 200 free, 2:1175). Also, the 200 medley relay squad of Small, Charest, Tirabassi and Morris was second to Brunswick in 1:53.05.
For EL, a loss of two key swimmers hurt the Red Eddies’ hopes.
“One of our top boys was unable to swim today, and we lost another one, so it was a struggle for the boys today,” said Morrison. “But saying that, the ones that were here did well.”
Andrew Paione was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.36.
Other records to fall on the day included the girls' 50 free as Mt. Ararat’s Celia Ouellette touched in 24.02. She also won the 100 free in 54.56. And, Russell shattered the 500-free mark by nearly 12 seconds with a time of 5:08.70.
The State Class A meets will be held at Bowdoin College, with the boys taking place on Feb. 18 and the girls on Feb. 19.