2017-02-06 / Sports

Brunswick KVAC champs again

Make it five for Dragon boys and girls
BY BOB CONN
Times Record Staff


MT ARARAT'S Madigan Saunders competes in the 100-yard freestyle race at Saturday’s KVAC Swimming Championships at the YMCA in Bath. 
RUSS DILLINGHAM / SUN JOURNAL MT ARARAT'S Madigan Saunders competes in the 100-yard freestyle race at Saturday’s KVAC Swimming Championships at the YMCA in Bath. RUSS DILLINGHAM / SUN JOURNAL BATH

This was a strange season for the Brunswick High School swim teams.

The Dragons actually lost during the regular season, a couple times in fact, so coming into Saturday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championships at Bath Middle School, it was anyone’s guess if Brunswick was going to make it five straight conference titles for both the boys and the girls.

Turns out, fans didn’t need to worry, as the KVAC titles are back in Brunswick another year.

In the boys meet, the Dragons easily won, racking up 313 points, followed by Waterville (190), Messalonskee (181), Cony (171) and Lewiston (158) in the top five. Mt. Ararat was sixth with 148 points.

The girls meet was much closer, with Brunswick edging by Cony, 297-287. Messalonskee (127), Mt. Ararat (123) and Lewiston (123) were in the top four.


BRUNSWICK'S CAITLIN TYCZ churns through the water on her way to winning Saturday’s 100-yard freestyle at the KVAC Championships at the Bath YMCA. 
RUSS DILLINGHAM / SUN JOURNAL BRUNSWICK'S CAITLIN TYCZ churns through the water on her way to winning Saturday’s 100-yard freestyle at the KVAC Championships at the Bath YMCA. RUSS DILLINGHAM / SUN JOURNAL Boys

Brunswick’s Matt Yost and Brian Hess each won four times on the day.

Yost captured the 200- yard freestyle in 1:52.04 and the 100 free in 50.11. Hess earned the top spot in the 200 individual medley (2:03.55) and 100 breaststroke (59.30). Hess teamed with Nicco Bartone, Sam Washington and Henry Raker to win the 200-medley relay, and with Eddie Capoldo, Jeremy Vuong and Yost to take the top spot in the 200 freestyle relay.

In the 400 free relay, Raker, Bartone, Yost and Capoldo won by nearly 10 seconds to give Brunswick a sweep of the relays.

On Thursday at Bowdoin College, Seth White won the one-meter diving with 312.85 points, followed by teammates Finn Jacobs (293.70) and Christopher Roderick (289.65).

Earning top-six spots for the Dragons were Capoldo (second, 200 free; sixth, 100 butterfly), Raker (second, 50 free; fourth, 100 back) and Bartone (second, 100 butterfly; third, 100 back).

“I am impressed with what we were able to do, especially with the swimmers that we lost from the year before,” said Brunswick coach David Bright. “Thought this was a rebuilding year, but many stepped up where it was needed.”

Mt. Ararat had several solid performances on Saturday.

Devin Hoskins was third in the 200 IM and second in the 500 free, while teammate Aaron Hyde was sixth in the 200 IM. Robert Hyde captured fourth in the 50 free and third in the 100 fly, Noah Brillant was fourth in diving and Max Bickford was sixth in the 500 free.

In the relays, Mt. Ararat was sixth in the medley, fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 400 free.

Nathaniel Berry of Cony won the 50 free in 22.31, while Lewiston’s Lennon LaBelle took the top spot in the 100 butterfly (55.80) and the 100 back (53.69). John Reisert of Waterville claimed the 500 free (5:16.13)

The boys compete in the State Class A Championship at Bowdoin College on Feb. 20.

Girls

Caitlin Tycz had another solid day for the Dragons.

The University of Southern California-bound swimmer was first in the 200 IM and 100 free. She also swam a leg in the 200 free relay that claimed the top spot and was a member of the 400 free relay that finished second.

The day started with a second place showing in the 200 medley relay, with the Dragons team of Alex Morse, Hannah Escoe, Anna Rider and Ella Tycz behind Cony.

Caitlin Tycz swam a 2:05.29 in the 200 IM for Brunswick’s first win of the day and picked up individual win No. 2 later in the meet with her 51.27 in the 100 free.

The 200 free relay saw the Dragons finish ahead of the field in 1:44.52, with the Tycz sisters, Mallory Palmer and Emily Cowan swimming well.

On Thursday, Dina Murphy of Brunswick won the one-meter diving with 242.55 points, ahead of teammate Sabina Smith (209.05).

Cony’s Anne Guadalupi won the 200 free, and Ram Talia Jorgensen was the winner of the 50 free. Gabby Low kept the wins coming for Cony in the 100 butterfly, with Guadalupi adding her second individual victory in the 500 free. Low won a second time, capturing the 100 backstroke, while Lewiston’s Brooke Cloutier was first in the 100 breaststroke.

Cony also won two relays, but failed to unseat the Dragons.

“On paper, Cony had the seedings and the times, but when you are seeded one or two, there is no where really to go,” said Bright. “We had girls seeded 10th that finished sixth, and that is big in these meets. These girls showed a lot of improvement this year.”

Other top performers for Brunswick were Palmer (sixth, 200 free; third, 100 free), Morse (third, 200 IM; second, 500 free), Ella Tycz (fifth, 200 IM; fourth, 100 breast), Cowan (third, 50 free; fourth, 100 free), Rider (sixth, 100 fly), Escoe (fifth, 500 free) and Sophie Blair (sixth, 100 back).

Mt. Ararat earned points in the three relays, taking fifth in the 200 medley, fourth in the 200 free and fourth in the 400 free.

Also for Mt. Ararat, Madigan Saunders was sixth in the 100 free.

The girls’ State Class A meet will be held Feb. 21 at Bowdoin.

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