Sunday, May 19, 2013
The boys swimming meet between Messalonskee and Waterville Tuesday night at the Alfond Youth Center lived up to its hype, especially in the 500 freestyle race.
That race, between Waterville's Mahmoud Gad and Messalonskee's Arthur Conover, ended in a tie. Each swimmer posted a time of 4 minutes, 57.19 seconds -- more than five seconds faster than last season's Class B state chmapionship time in the same event.
"People were screaming," Waterville coach Bob Johnston said. "It was one of the best races I’ve ever seen in high school swimming. Those guys are both talents, and they showed it tonight."
Johnston said the time is a new school record at Waterville. He was not sure whether it was a record for Messalonskee.
Waterville broke another long-standing school record in the 400 free relay. Nico Schultz, Gad, Jimmy Lavin and Sam Zarfos combined for a time of 3:37.99.
Waterville won the meet, 95-65. Messalonskee took the girls meet, 114-50.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.