GSA swim team wraps up at state championship

sports; GSA; swim; Umaine; Evan; Soukup2; 021816; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Evan Soukup swims the 200 yard freestyle.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Evan Soukup swims the 200 yard freestyle. Photo by Franklin Brown

Blue Hill—Eight members of the Eagles’ varsity swim team competed in the Class B state championships in Orono this week, evidence of a varsity swim team growing in depth.

sports; GSA; swim; Umaine; Randy; Yan; 021816; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Randy Yan swims the 200 yard freestyle.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Randy Yan swims the 200 yard freestyle. Photo by Franklin Brown

At the girls state meet on Monday, February 20, junior standout Ava Sealander took third in two events: the 200 yard individual medley, at 2:13.50, and the 100 yard butterfly at 58:48.

“Ava Sealander had some amazing swims,” Coach Don Driscoll said, including leading off the 200 yard relay in “record time.”

Sealander also broke all eight individual girls swim records at George Stevens Academy this season.

The girls relay team of Sealander, senior Emma Larson-Whittaker and juniors Ellie Gellerson and Elana Bakeman took 10th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, at 1:52.60, and 12th in the 200 yard medley relay at 2:08.98.

sports; GSA; swim; Umaine; Alex; Yap; 021816; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Alexander Yap swims in the boys 200 yard medley relay.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Alexander Yap swims in the boys 200 yard medley relay. Photo by Franklin Brown

Their top finishes earned the team 56 points for a 13th place finish of 22 teams.

“The girls had a great meet,” Driscoll said.

Gellerson, Bakeman and Larson-Whittaker also each competed in two individual events, without scoring team points.

At the boys state meet on Saturday, February 18,  senior Evan Soukup, sophomores Jeremiah Scheff and Alex Yap and freshman Randy Yan placed 12th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, at 1:46.82, and 16th in the 200 yard medley relay, at 2:07.73. The two top-16 finishes earned the team 12 points. They finished 18th of 21 teams.

Soukup also competed in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle events, and Scheff in the 50 yard freestyle.

“This was GSA’s fourth year as a varsity swim team and the coaching staff observed a great deal of personal improvement among all of the swimmers,” Driscoll said. Along with eight state qualifiers, “the team had four dual meet victories throughout the season and established 12 school records.”

sports; GSA; swim; Umaine; Jeremiah; Scheff; 021816; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Jeremiah Scheff swims the 200 yard medley at the state championship in Orono. Photo by Franklin Brown

Jeremiah Scheff swims the 200 yard medley at the state championship in Orono. Photo by Franklin Brown

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