High school swimming

Wave of success: Camden Hills teams fourth, pool athletes earn state crowns

Julian Abaldo wins 200 and 500 frees, Windjammer boys, girls first in relays
By Ken Waltz | Feb 19, 2014
Courtesy of: Mario Abaldo Camden Hills Regional High School finished first in the boys 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays at the Feb. 18 state Class B championship meet at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The team members include, from left, Mark McCluskey, Julian Abaldo, Brandon Benson and Kyle Crans. Abaldo also won two individual events, while McCluskey and Crans nailed down second-place finishes.

Brunswick — Despite one session being literally cut in half due to an impending storm, Midcoast swimmers, especially those from Camden Hills, excelled during the state Class B championship meets on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17-18 at Bowdoin College.

In fact, Midcoast swimmers realized state championship performances, led by Camden Hills' Julian Abaldo's victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles, as the Windjammer boys and girls finished a solid fourth among a talent-laden field.

In fact, the Camden Hills boys forged a fourth-place finish on the backs of only four student-athletes.

Swimmers from Camden Hills, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Medomak Valley were among the participants during the two-day event.

The Mount Desert Island girls and Greely of Cumberland boys won state team titles.

The girls meet was Monday and the boys Tuesday. Typically, a state meet will include prelim/qualifying swims in the morning and early afternoon and the finals at night. That happened in this year's girls meet, but not the boys, as that meet held only the timed finals during the day to finish before another winter storm hit the state Tuesday night.

The girls team scores were: Mount Desert Island 326, Cape Elizabeth 252, Greely 244, Camden Hills 233, Waynflete of Portland 176, Yarmouth 140, Morse of Bath 132, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 107, John Bapst of Bangor 101, Catherine McAuley of Portland 61, Old Town 58, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 49, St. Dominic of Lewiston 48, North Yarmouth Academy 46, Winslow and George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 45, Orono 39, Gardiner 38, Kents Hill 32, Belfast 26, Ellsworth 18, Greenville 16, Richmond 9, Waterville 8, Wiscasset 5, Hermon 4 and Erskine Academy of South China 2.

The boys team scores were: Greely 289, Morse 263, Cape Elizabeth 197, Camden Hills 196, Mount Desert Island 196, Ellsworth 179, Old Town 137, Waterville 131, Yarmouth 92, Belfast 87, Waynflete 80, John Bapst 60, Presque Isle 56, Orono 55, Erskine Academy 41, Hyde School of Bath 35, Oceanside 31, Boothbay 21, Wiscasset 17, Lincoln Academy 16, Kents Hill 14, Foxcroft Academy and Winslow 8, Caribou 7, George Stevens Academy 6 and St. Dominic 1.

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The Midcoast boys individual results were:

200 freestyle — 1, Julian Abaldo, CH, 1:47.41.

50 free — 2, Mark McCluskey, CH, 22.31; 3, Kyle Crans, CH, 22.61; 12, Brandon Benson, CH, 24.59; 24, Jacob Crockett, Ocean, 25.59; and 30, Sam Crockett, Ocean, 25.88.

100 butterfly — 2, Kyle Crans, CH, 54.23; 4, Alden Mason, Ocean, 55.89; and 19, Gavin Felch, Med, 1:05.48.

100 free — 2, Mark McCluskey, CH, 49.44; and 13, Brandon Benson, CH, 54.04.

500 free — 1, Julian Abaldo, CH, 4:56.75.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Camden Hills (Mark McCluskey, Brandon Benson, Julian Abaldo, Kyle Crans), 1:31.36.

100 backstroke — 3, Alden Mason, Ocean, 58.27; and 22, Gavin Felch, Med, 1:12.10.

100 breaststroke — 21, Jacob Crockett, Ocean, 1:14.26; and 24, Sam Crockett, Ocean, 1:15.48.

400 free relay — 1, Camden Hills (Mark McCluskey, Brandon Benson, Julian Abaldo, Kyle Crans), 3:22.03.

The Midcoast girls results were:

200 medley relay (finals) — 6, Camden Hills (Ella Scott, Keeli Wood, Anabel Carter, Emmma Vannorsdall), 2:04.22.

200 MR (prelims) — 5, Camden Hills (Ella Scott, Keeli Wood, Anabel Carter, Emmma Vannorsdall), 2:00.98.

200 free (finals) —10, Ella Scott, CH, 2:10.77.

200 free (prelims) — 10, Ella Scott, CH, 2:09.66; and 41, Maddie Karod, CH, 2:30.47.

200 IM (finals) — 6, Emma Gutheinz, CH, 2:26.02.

200 IM (prelims) — 6, Emma Gutheinz, CH, 2:25.64; and 18, Catherine Abaldo, CH, 2:36.30.

50 free (finals) — 5, Anabel Carter, CH, 25.07; 8, Helen Carter, CH, 26.04; and 9, Eliza Carter, CH, 26.32.

50 free (prelims) — 4, Anabel Carter, CH, 24.97; Helen Carter, CH, 26.16; 10, Eliza Carter, CH, 26.47; and 18, Emma Vannorsdall, CH, 27.55.

100 fly (finals) — 7, Eliza Carter, CH, 1:06.14.

100 fly (prelims) — 8, Eliza Carter, CH, 1:05.67; and 17, Isabelle Gutheinz, CH, 1:12.29.

100 free (finals) — 3, Anabel Carter, CH, 54.68; and 10, Helen Carter, CH, 57.83.

100 free (prelims) — 3, Anabel Carter, CH, 55.16; 9, Helen Carter, CH, 58.64; 18. Catherine Abaldo, CH, 1:00.57; and 19, Keeli Wood, CH, 1:00.70.

500 free (finals) — 5, Moira Pieri, CH, 5:46.26; and 7, Ella Scott, CH, 5:51.68.

500 free (prelims) — 6, Ella Scott, CH, 5:45.01; 7, Moira Pieri, CH, 5:46.69; and 22, Grace Olsen, CH, 6:22.60.

200 free relay (finals) — 4, Camden Hills (Helen Carter, Emma Gutheinz, Eliza Carter, Anabel Carter), 1:44.77.

200 free relay (prelims) — 2, Camden Hills (Helen Carter, Emma Gutheinz, Eliza Carter, Anabel Carter), 1:45.64.

100 back (finals) — 5, Emma Gutheinz, CH, 1:05.22.

100 back (prelims) — 4, Emma Gutheinz, CH, 1:05.06; 32, Isabelle Gutheinz, CH, 1:14.82; and 37, Maddie Karod, CH, 1:16.29.

100 breast (finals) — 7, Moira Pieri, CH, 1:14.15; and 13, Keeli Wood, CH, 1:17.62.

100 breast (prelims) — 6, Moira Pieri, CH, 1:13.39; 15, Keeli Wood, CH, 1:17.36; and 23, Emma Vannorsdall, CH, 1:21.70.

400 free relay (finals) — 3, Camden Hills (Eliza Carter, Emma Gutheinz, Keeli Wood, Helen Carter), 3:59.13.

400 free relay (prelims) — 1, Camden Hills (Helen Carter, Moira Pieri, Eliza Carter, Emma Gutheinz), 3:58.95.

Windjammer coach Sara Cole said the Camden Hills girls "did an amazing job" with swimmers in every championship final except the 200 free.

"We had great swims from every girl," the coach said. "Helen Carter had strong swims in both the 50 free and 100 free. Eliza Carter swam a great 100 free and 100 fly. Anabel Carter had a strong 50 free, finishing fourth and an even stronger 100 free with a final time of 54.58. Ella [Scott] had fabulous prelims in the 200 and 500 with personal bests in the 500 prelims with a 5:45.01 and solid finishes in final. Emma Gutheinz was very strong in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke — with a season-best of 1:05.06 in the backstroke preliminaries.

"Moira Pieri hit a 1:13 in her 100 breaststroke, a wonderful personal achievement and best time as well as a best time in the 500 with a 5:.26. Keeli Wood had a strong 100 free (1:00.70) and 100 breast and showed great flexibility and teamwork during the meet. Catherine Abaldo had a great 100 free swim with a 1:00.57 and a solid 200 IM. Maddie Karod swam the 100 back and the 200 free — a good meet.

"Freshmen: Izzy Gutheinz (personal best 100 fly 1:12.29 and a good backstroke), Grace Olsen (best time in 500 free 6:22.60) and Emma Vannorsdall (27.55 in her 50 free and strong high school season-best in breaststroke) all had a great first state meet — with Emma Vannorsdall in a final medley relay."

Cole said the girls medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 FR had strong finals, finishing sixth, fourth and third respectively. "Each relay was comprised of strong swimmers and swam well. Our girls relays were efficient and strong and their spirit, flexibility and athleticism are commendable," the coach said.

Cole said the "boys had a phenomenal meet" with four swimmers combining to finish fourth. "The meet was changed to timed finals due to the [incoming inclement] weather and the boys rose brilliantly to the occasion.

"Julian Abaldo took first in the 200 and 500 frees. Kyle Crans swam an amazing 100 fly and came in second with a 54.23. His 50 free was a 22.61 and earning a third place; he also anchored two first-place relays. Mark McCluskey swam a 49.44 for his 100 free and came in second and a 22.31 for his 50 free also a second place. Kyle, Julian and Mark all swam personal-bests this meet.

"Brandon Benson had a great 50 free and 100 free. Mark McCluskey, Brandon Benson, Julian Abaldo and Kyle Crans were the state champion relays in the 200 free and 400 free. This is Camden's second year in a row winning the 200 free relay.

"Camden had four boys swimming for the team at states and to have them win two relays and have incredibly fast individual events and top finishes is quite an achievement. The boys' spirit, dedication and obvious enjoyment of the sport made for some great viewing. It was a great end to a really fast year."

The coach said Oceanside's Alden Mason swam a "great meet — on his birthday no less." He was fourth in his 100 fly and made a personal-best and came in third in the 100 backstroke with another personal-best of 58.27. Jack Crockett and Sam Crockett represented Oceanside in the 50 free and 100 breast.

Gavin Felch represented Medomak Valley and swam personal-bests in the 100 fly and 100 back.

"Both the boys and girls should be incredibly proud of their season," Cole said. "I am so happy to see so many personal-best times; these personal achievements are what really make the season and the team. This has truly been a wonderful season for the Camden Hills, Oceanside and Medomak Valley swim teams."

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