Swimming: Westbrook turns in proud Southwesterns, looks to States

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Members of the Lady Blazes - from left: Sophie Sweet, Emma Sperry, Cam LaPierre and Phoebe Adame - pose during Southwesterns with some new swag. Photo by Kirsten Johansen.

CAPE ELIZABETH—The Blazes traveled to their regional meet – dubbed “North Southwesterns” – last week, and posted a number of impressive results.

The Gentlemen Blazes comprise a fairly small contingent this year, but nevertheless commanded respect at their half of the competition, held at Richards Community Pool on Feb. 7. The four-man combo of Jack Shibles, Cameron Reece, Brad Wallace and Jakob Lynham surged in the very opening race, the 200 Medley Relay, claiming third in a time of 1:55.94. The boys bested Scarborough, in fourth, by about .3 seconds; Cape took first in 1:45.07.

Individually, Wallace took fourth in the 200 Free and eighth in the 100 Fly, Reece fourth in the 500 Free and third in the 100 Breast and Lynham third off the diving board.

In the girls’ half of the competition, also held at Richards, but on Feb. 10, the Lady Blazes assembled a 1:48.85 finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay, good enough for third. The foursome of Sophie Sweet, Emma Sperry, Camryn LaPierre and Phoebe Adame battled admirably for the outcome; they trailed second-place Scarborough by a mere .18 seconds and first-place Greely by not much more – just .75 seconds.

Individually, Sweet claimed sixth in the 200 Free and seventh in the 100 Back, Sperry fifth in the 100 Breast and Adame fourth in diving.

Also of note, Sperry and Kallie Cyr earned laurels at the meet for their academic achievements as well as their work in the water: Both girls reeled in scholarships, which will no doubt prove handy in the very near future.

Blazes who’ve qualified since the start of the season will travel to Orono in the coming days to take part in the State Championship meet. Lynham, Shibles, Reece and Wallace will venture northward for the boys – they compete on Saturday the 17th – while Cyr, LaPierre, Adame, Caroline Mooney, Morgan Cooledge, Madison Damon, Emma Sperry, Paige Sperry, Sophie Sweet and Luci Sweet will make the trip for the girls, competing on Monday the 19th.

Dana Barrows and Kirsten Johansen coach the Westbrook swimmers; Jennifer Zwart coaches the divers.

Adam Birt can be reached at abirt@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter: @CurrentSportsME

Members of the Lady Blazes – from left: Sophie Sweet, Emma Sperry, Cam LaPierre and Phoebe Adame – pose during Southwesterns with some new swag.

Photo by Kirsten Johansen.

A quartet of Gentlemen Blazes enjoy their time at Southwesterns. From left: Brad Wallace, Jakob Lynham, Cameron Reese, and Jack Shibles.

Photo by Kirsten Johansen.

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