Strong performances were seen around the state in the pool this season, with many student-athletes proving to be a cut above the rest.

And now 21 of those young athletes will be rewarded for their efforts as VillageSoup dives into its second annual swim notables.

This year’s swim notables include Belfast’s Geneva Bielenberg, Maria Swebilius, Rosie LaCivita, Kalyn Robbins, Ally James, Natalie Calligan, Elizabeth McAvoy, Taylor Ottman, Tommy Schleicher, Jonathan Clapp, Bryan Cunningham, James Nealey and Jack Schnetzer; and Camden Hills’ Mia Bergmann, Moira Pieri, Elizabeth Emmett, Margaux Scott, Eddie McCluskey, Stan Grunder, Connor Mckeon and Peter Gimlewicz.

Bergmann, Cunningham, Emmett, LaCivita, Mckeon and Nealey are seniors; Gimlewicz, Grunder, James, McAvoy and Ottman, juniors; Calligan, McCluskey, Robbins, Scott, Swebilius, Clapp and Schleicher, all sophomores; and Pieri, Bielenberg and Schnetzer, all freshmen.

VillageSoup will name notables in all high school varsity sports where there are at least two Midcoast teams in that season playing an official varsity schedule. Student-athletes who will be considered for notable distinction can come from Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockland District High School, Medomak Valley High School, Georges Valley High School, Vinalhaven High School, North Haven Community School, Islesboro Central School, Mount View High School and Searsport District High School.

In the winter, VillageSoup names notables in boys basketball, girls basketball, indoor track, swimming and wrestling.

Swimming is offered at Belfast and Camden Hills. However, independent student-athletes from Medomak Valley also practiced and participated in meets with Camden Hills this year.

In naming notables in a sport, VillageSoup is not trying to highlight every potentially deserving student-athlete from a given team, only to highlight the most consistently strong performers during a particular season in a particular sport. Obviously, with any such list of notables being subjective, not all those initially considered ultimately will make the final list of notables.

In addition, there usually is at least one representative from each school in a given sport, but that is not always the case. From that point, the rest of the notables could be a mix of student-athletes from many schools, or weighted heavily on one or two schools. Obviously, the more success a particular team has will, in some respects, dictate the number of potential notables it receives.

In most sports, the nomination process for a sport begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are each respective team’s premier players for that season, not necessarily for a high school career. The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

A nomination only guarantees each candidate’s consideration, not ultimate notable status. While the input of each coach is weighed heavily with each candidate, the final decisions are made by VillageSoup Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Again, not all potential notables will ultimately become VillageSoup’s notables. Only those nominated by coaches and ultimately selected by the VillageSoup sports staff.

The selection process is somewhat different for track and swimming because the times and places attained by local student-athletes are not subjective, but concrete and tell exactly how they stack up with the competition. Thus, coaches are not involved in the selection process for notables for those two sports

In swimming, only student-athletes that qualified for and competed in state competition as individuals were selected as notables, as were those who were members of a relay team that finished among the top six in the state meet.

At the state Class B girls championship meet, Mount Desert Island (375 points) won the state crown, while Belfast finished 11th (84) and Camden Hills 15th (42).

At the state Class B boys championship meet, Greely of Cumberland (396 points) won the state title, while Belfast finished fifth (128) and Camden Hills 11th (70).

At the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference girls championship meet, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (285 points) won the crown, while Belfast (268) finished second and Camden Hills (157) third.

At the KVAC boys championship meet, the Lions (392 points) clinched the league crown while Camden Hills (104) finished fifth.

This year’s VillageSoup swim notables, listed in alphabetical order, include:

Bergmann, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 27th in the prelims (2:30.75) in the 200 freestyle. Also at the KVAC championships, Bergmann finished sixth in the 50 free (30.64), sixth in the 100 free (1:07.43) and was a member of the 200 medley relay team that finished first (2:11.26) overall. Bergmann was also named first-team all-conference as well as being named to the all-academic team.

Bielenberg, a freshman, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 18th in the prelims for the 200 free (2:22.13) and 20th in the prelims for the 500 free (6:28.85). Also in the KVAC championships, Bielenberg finished fifth in the 500 free (6:32.26) and fourth in the 100 back (1:15.57).

Calligan, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 11th in the finals for the 100 fly (1:11.52), while finishing ninth in the prelim (1:09.96). She also finished 11th in the 100 back (1:10.51) and 15th in the prelim for the same event.

Clapp, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast took part in a handful of events. Clapp finished fourth in the 50 free (23.57) and also finished fourth in the prelim (23.60), finished seventh in the 100 free (53.22) and also finished seventh in the prelim (53.47). He was also a member of the 200 free relay team that finished fourth (1:38.84) overall and finished second (1:38.41) in the prelim, and part of the relay team that finished fourth in the 400 relay (3:39.25) and was also fourth in the prelim (3:43.56). Clapp also finished first-team all-conference.

Also at the KVAC championships, Clapp finished fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:30.97) and finished fourth in the 100 free (57.08). He was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished first (1:39.58) overall and a member of the 200 medley relay that finished first (1:46.26).

Cunningham, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 24th in the prelims for the 50 free (25.74) and 22nd in the prelims for the 100 free (57.78). Also at the KVAC championships, Cunningham finished fourth in the 50 free (26.32) and 10th in the 100 fly (1:14.41). He was also named to the KVAC all-academic team.

Emmett, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 24th in the prelims for the 200 individual medley (2:46.46) and 22nd in the prelims for the 100 backstroke (1:15.28). Also at the KVAC championships, Emmett finished eighth in the 100 free (1:08.14), finished sixth in the 100 back (1:16.43) and was a member of the 200 medley relay team that finished first (2:11.26) in the conference. Emmett was also named first-team all-conference.

Gimlewicz, a junior, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 20th in the prelim for the 100 fly (1:10.55). Also at the KVAC championships, Gimlewicz finished fifth in the 100 fly (1:08.83) and fifth in the 100 free (57.49). Gimlewicz was also named first-team all-conference.

Grunder, a junior, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:19.59) and ninth in the prelim (2:00.66). He also finished 14th in the 100 breast (1:14.08) and 13th in the prelim (1:12.80). Also at the KVAC championships, Grunder finished fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:23.31), fifth in the 100 breast (1:13.90) and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second (1:43.95) in the conference. Grunder was also named first-team all-conference.

James, a junior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished third in the state in the 1-meter dive (256.90) and was also fourth in the prelims (176.15) in the same event. Also in the KVAC championships, James took home first-place honors in the 1-meter dive (237.15) and was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished second (4:22.21) in the conference. James was also named first-team all-conference.

LaCivita, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 31st in the prelims for the 200 individual medley (2:51.74). Also at the KVAC championships, LaCivita finished sixth in the 200 IM (2:43.01), finished seventh in the 100 back (1:17.97) and was a member of both the 200 freestyle relay team (1:59.07) and the 400 freestyle relay team (4:22.21) that each finished second in the conference championships. LaCivita was also named first-team all-conference as well as being named to the all-academic team.

McAvoy, a junior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 23rd in the prelims in the 100 free (1:05.77). Also at the KVAC championships, McAvoy finished third in the 100 free (1:04.22) and finished ninth in the 100 breast (1:25.28). McAvoy was also named first-team all-conference.

McCluskey, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 12th in the 200 free (2:03.92) and 12th in the prelims (2:00.66). He also finished seventh overall in the 500 free (5:28.73), while also finishing seventh in the prelims (5:27.13). Also at the KVAC championships, McCluskey finished third in the 500 free (5:24.71), finished fourth in the 100 back (1:06.24) and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second (1:43.95) in the conference.

Mckeon, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished second in the state in the 1-meter dive (238.05) and was also second in the prelim (169.35) in the same event. Also at the KVAC championships, Mckeon finished fourth in the 1-meter dive (174.85) and finished 16th in the 50 free (30.98).

Nealey, a senior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and participated in several events for the Lions. Nealey finished 11th in the 100 free (54.82) and ninth in the prelim (53.58), and finished 16th in the 100 back (1:11.28) and 17th in the prelim (1:08.44). He was also part of the 200 free relay team that finished fourth (1:38.84) and second in the prelim (1:38.41), and part of the 400 relay team that finished fourth (3:39.25) and was also fourth in the prelim (3:43.56).

Also at the KVAC championships, Nealey finished second in the 100 free (55.08), fifth in the 100 back (1:07.37) and was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished first (1:39.58) in the conference. Nealey also finished first-team all-conference.

Ottman, a junior, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and competed in several events for the Lions. Ottman finished seventh in the 200 free (1:54.92) and fourth in the prelims (1:54.96), was third in the 500 free (5:11.15) and was also third in the prelim (5:14.20). He was also a member of the 200 free relay team that finished fourth (1:38.84) overall and was second in the prelim (1:38.41), and the 400 relay team that was fourth (3:39.25) overall and was also fourth in the prelim (3:43.56).

Also at the KVAC championships, Ottman finished first in the 500 free (5:16.11), second in the 200 free (1:56.82) and was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished first (3:29.52) in the conference. Ottman also finished first-team all-conference.

Pieri, a freshman, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 19th in the prelim for the 200 individual medley (2:40.14), finished 10th in the 100 breast (1:19.34) and was 11th in the prelims (1:20.83) in the same event. Also at the KVAC championships, Pieri finished first overall in the 100 breast (1:18.52), fourth in the 200 free (2:21.29) and was a member of the 200 medley relay team that finished first (2:11.26) in the conference. Pieri was also named first-team all-conference.

Robbins, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and was 27th in the prelims at the 50 free (30.20). Also at the KVAC championships, Robbins finished ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:52.55), seventh in the 100 free (1:07.62) and was a member of the 200 free relay team that finished second (1:59.07) in the conference. Robbins was also named first-team all-conference.

Schleicher, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and was very busy on the biggest stage for the Lions. Schleicher finished 14th in the 200 free (2:06.68) and 14th in the prelim (2:07.33), while also finishing 17th in the 100 breast (1:14.62). He was also part of the 200 free relay team that finished fourth (1:38.84) and was second in the prelim (1:38.41), and was also part of the team that finished fourth in the 400 relay (3:39.25) and was fourth in the prelim (3:43.56).

Also at the KVAC championships, Schleicher finished third in the 200 free (2:07.46), seventh in the 100 breast (1:16.73) and was part of the 200 freestyle relay that finished first (1:39.58) in the conference. Schleicher also finished first-team all-conference.

Schnetzer, a freshman, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 14th in the 500 free (5:57.78) and was 13th in the prelim (5:59.38) in the same event. Also at the KVAC championships, Schnetzer finished seventh in the 200 free (2:18.84) and was fifth in the 500 free (6:14.17).

Scott, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Camden Hills and finished 11th in the 500 free (6:08.94) and was 12th in the prelim (6:06.74), while she finished ninth in the 100 back (1:07.79) and ninth in the prelim (1:07.81). Also at the KVAC championships, Scott finished third in the 200 individual medley (2:30.93), second in the 500 free (6:02.50), was part of the 200 medley relay team that finished first (2:11.26) in the conference and part of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished fourth (4:26.76). Scott was also named first-team all-conference.

Swebilius, a sophomore, competed in the Class B state championships for Belfast and finished 11th in the 100 breast (1:19.88) and ninth in the prelims, while she also finished 27th in the prelims in the 200 individual medley (2:48.78). Also at the KVAC championships, Swebilius finished eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:47.85), finished second in the 100 breast (1:18.61) and was part of the 200 medley relay team that finished third (2:12.36) in the conference. Swebilius was also named first-team all-conference.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.