Camden Hills, independent pool athletes ready to make waves
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Camden Hills Regional High School swim team:
Coach/years coached current team: Sara Cole, second year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Camden Hills girls finished third (234.5 points) at the state Class B championships and first (344 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships. The Camden Hills boys finished sixth (148 points) at the state Class B championships and third (212 points) at the KVAC Class B championships.
Roster: Seniors Annie Brady, Anabel Carter, Eliza Carter, Sarah Haselton, Indira Ilerena, Moira Pieri, Louisa Klemmperer, Biz Pree, Justin Stearns and Sam Gimlewicz; juniors Catherine Abaldo, Brandon Benson, Mark McCluskey, Eli McCusker, Helen Carter, Tristan Harrison-Billiat, Aubrey Heald, Ella Scott, Justin Lopez and Maddie Karod; sophomores Julian Abaldo, Kyle Crans, Emma Gutheinz, Margaret Karas, Yanmei McElhaney, Grace Powers, Keeli Wood and Gwenyvere Sewall; and freshmen Isabelle Gutheinz, Chloe Isis, Bridget Mellon, Grace Olson, Carson Pavellich, Eleanor Spizzuoco and Emma Vannorsdall.
Independent swimmers from Oceanside include seniors Sam Crockett and Jack Crockett, along with sophomores Alden Mason and Molly Tobin. Independent swimmers from Medomak Valley include senior Mike Prescott and junior Gavin Felch.
Known Windjammer graduation losses: Mark McCluskey, Margaux Scott, Avery Lamont, Patrick Weferling, Peter Gimlewicz, Cody Prandelli, Avery Heald, Wood and Marie Przybyla.
Significant Windjammer impact swimmers: Julian Abaldo, Crans, Benson, McCluskey, Eliza Carter, Anabel Carter, Helen Carter, Scott, Pieri, Emma Gutheinz and Catherine Abaldo.
Team strengths: Experience, enthusiasm and dedication.
Team goals: For both teams to win the KVAC Class B title, for the girls to finish in the top two at states and for the boys to improve on last year's performance at the state championships.
Top league/state opponents: Belfast and Waterville on the boys side, along with Greely of Cumberland, Mount Desert Island and Cape Elizabeth on the girls side.
Outlook: Both Windjammer teams had banner campaigns last season under the tutelage of Cole, who was the KVAC Class B coach of the year in her first season. While both teams lost significant contributors to graduation, including Mark McCluskey and Gimlewicz on the boys side and Margaux Scott on the girls side, Cole feels her team can absorb those losses and emerge to the surface as two of the league's top squads. Wood also figures to be a player in both the 100 free and 100 breast, respectively.
Camden Hills has two experienced “newcomers” in brother and sister Julian and Catherine Abaldo. Both were top-tier swimmers as independents for Oceanside last year and are now enrolled at Camden Hills.
The Windjammer boys return two of the four legs of their state championship 200 freestyle relay team in Mark McCluskey and Crans, while the Windjammer girls return the Carter sisters Anabel, Eliza and Helen, all three of whom, along with Emma Gutheinz, made up the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third in the state last year. Anabel Carter also was named swimmer of the meet at last year's KVAC championships.
Both teams appear to be in the hunt for conference and state titles this season, with the Windjammer girls hoping to claim their second straight conference championship.