Varsity swim team posts wins over Caribou, Presque Isle in ‘best meet of the year’

Cedar Slagle

Senior Cedar Slagle races in the girls 100 yard freestyle event. Photo by Franklin Brown

The George Stevens Academy varsity swim team won on points against Caribou and Presque Isle and in individual events against Ellsworth when the Eagles hosted a meet on January 3.

In the “dual” meet, swimmers from the four schools competed in all events, but each scored points against only two teams. The Eagles will go one-on-one against Ellsworth at their next meet—and their recent results promise a good match up.

The Eagles boys posted a 70-24 win over Presque Isle, and a 69-22 win over Caribou. The girls scored 113-36 over Presque Isle and 117-33 over Caribou.

“We definitely had the best meet of the year,” said Coach Don Driscoll. “We’ve had some really good practices during the holiday. I think all of their hard work is starting to pay off.”

The Eagles girls looked strong in all relay events, placing first in the 200 yard medley relay, the 200 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle. Winning team members include Keller Parrott, Maya Pelletier, Ava Sealander and Karina Steenberg (200 yard medley); Cedar Slagle, Ellie Gellerson, Montana VanDuijn and Steenberg (200 yard freestyle); and Emma Richardson, Pelletier, Sealander and VanDuijn (400 yard freestyle). All the relay events were won by a margin of at least five seconds.

Senior Cedar Slagle posted a first-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle event, edging out teammates Gellerson and Steenberg.

Garrison Looke

Sophomore Garrison Looke races in the boys 200 yard medley relay. Photo by Franklin Brown

This was Slagle’s first top finish in her varsity career, Driscoll said.

Freshman Ava Sealander won the 200 yard individual medley by a margin of 36 seconds and the 100 yard butterfly event, while sophomore Maya Pelletier placed first in the 500 yard freestyle. Senior Madison Cole placed second in the 100 yard backstroke.

The boys were strong across the board, with sophomore Garrison Looke placing second in the 100 yard backstroke and, at a time of 1:16.25, setting a new school record.

“It seems like every time he swims the backstroke he breaks a school record,” said Driscoll. “He’s done it again.”

Junior Lucas Theoharidis placed second in the 500 yard freestyle, while sophomore Alex Taylor-Lash came in second in the 100 yard butterfly.

“The boys are doing really well,” Driscoll said. “There’s not a lot of them but [they] are learning quickly and improving. I’m really happy with how they’re doing.”

Eliza Guinness

Freshman Eliza Guinness swims her leg of the girls 200 yard relay. Photo by Franklin Brown

Erik Taylor-Lash

Sophomore Erik Taylor-Lash swims the boys 200 yard freestyle event. Photo by Franklin Brown

Alexey Prokopov

Junior Alexey Propokov swims the boys 100 yard freestyle race. Photo by Franklin Brown

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