GSA girls swim team nabs first win

SPORTS; GSA; swim; Alessandra; Rovescala; 011416; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; sports; swim; team GSA swim team member Alessandra Rovescala performs the backstroke during the final lap of competition. Photo by Monique Labbe

GSA swim team member Alessandra Rovescala performs the backstroke during the final lap of competition. Photo by Monique Labbe

BANGOR—The George Stevens Academy boys and girls swim teams competed on January 7 at Husson University against Ellsworth and Hampden, with the girls team gaining its first overall team win of the season.

The meet was the “best of the season,” Coach Don Driscoll said.

The girls freestyle relay teams raced especially strong, with Ava Sealander, Maya Pelletier, Emma Larson-Whittaker and Alessandra Rovescala winning the 200-yard freestyle relay event by a near three-second margin.

Sealander, Pelletier, Larson-Whittaker and Hanna Jordan took first in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay by a healthy six seconds.

Pelletier also swam to a first-place finish in the girls 200-yard freestyle at 2:17.52, while Sealander won the 200-yard individual medley, 12 seconds over the second place winner. Sealander also came in first place in the girls 100-yard butterfly event by a 10-second margin.

Jordan lost the 100 yard backstroke by one-third second, placing second.

The team of Rovescala, Jordan, Gellerson and Karina Steenberg took third place in the girls 200-yard medley relay. Larson-Whittaker, in the 200-yard freestyle, placed third with a time of 2:27.88, while Ellie Gellerson placed fifth for the Eagles in the 100 yard backstroke.

Jeremiah Scheff highlighted the boys’ action with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:45.29.

Alex Wang and Haddie Shaw came in fifth and sixth place, respectively, with times of 32.27 and 32.98 in the boys 50-yard freestyle.

The team of Scheff, Wang, Shaw and Evan Soukup came in fourth place in the boys 200-yard medley relay.

Soukup finished in fifth place in the boys 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the boys 100-yard backstroke event.

GSA is scheduled to take on John Bapst Memorial High School on Friday, January 15.

Soukup’s individual efforts earned him school records in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley.

“We had many best times of the year [during the meet],” said Driscoll.

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