Orono—Freshman Ava Sealander capped a standout year with top-four finishes at the state swimming championships on February 16. In the 200 yard individual medley, she placed fourth, and took home a third-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly. Sophomore Maya Pelletier placed eighth in the 500 yard freestyle.
As a team, the girls placed 10th in a 26-team field, tied with Old Town and edging Orono by one point. Mount Desert Island placed second and Ellsworth 16th.
“The girls did fantastic,” said Coach Don Driscoll. “We broke five school records and just swam really, really well.”
Madison Cole, Ellie Gellerson, Hanna Jordan, Emma Larson-Whittaker, Pelletier, Emma Richardson, Sealander, Cedar Slagle and Karina Steenberg composed the three four-person relay teams that powered the team to a solid finish.
Two days earlier, on February 14, the boys placed 17th out of 24 teams, swimming in five of 12 events. The team outscored Caribou by one point; Mount Desert Island placed third and Ellsworth fourth.
Junior Alexey Prokopov, qualifying for the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, did not place in the top 16 but “for a first year swimmer, he did great,” said Driscoll.
The three relay teams, which did not have to qualify to compete, placed in each of their events. Garrison Looke, Lucas Theoharidis, Alex Taylor-Lash and Evan Soukup placed 15th in the 200 yard medley relay. With Prokopov in for Taylor-Lash, the team placed 12th in the 200 yard freestyle relay and 14th in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
“We [beat] a lot of personal records,” said Driscoll. “It was a great weekend of swimming.”