BATH — For the past three years Messalonskee swim coach Tom Sheridan has packed an extra set of clothes for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship meet just in case he needed to take the ceremonial plunge into the pool required of the winning team and coach.

Until Saturday he had stayed dry. That changed dramatically as his girls team ran away with the KVAC A title on a day of record-breaking performances.

After finishing second the past three years, the Eagles scored 328 points to 180 for second-place Morse.

“It’s just crazy,” Messalonskee senior Lindsey Prelgovisk said. “We’ve been dreaming about this since we were freshmen. We said, ‘Wait ’til we’re seniors, we’ll win the KVAC title.’ “

Prelgovisk, along with seniors Samantha Mathieu, Amanda Joy and Samantha Briggs, have been mainstays on the team for four years. Saturday, the quartet combined to win the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The Eagles made it a relay sweep when Courtney Klaiber, Ally Fischang, Lindsey Prelgovisk and Kristy Prelgovisk won the 200 freestyle relay.

“They did a fantastic job,” Sheridan said. “Everyone was chopping times today.”

The Eagles won a number of individual events, led by Lindsey Prelgovisk in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. Joy and Briggs went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle while Kristy Prelgovisk, a freshman, set a KVAC A record in the 100 breaststroke. Lindsey’s time of 58.99 seconds in the backstroke was a personal best.

“I had just swam the relay,” Lindsey said. “I was just planning on going out strong and hard and getting a decent time. Then I looked up at the clock and I said, ‘Oh, my God,’ that was my best time ever.”

Kristy was just as impressive in the breaststroke, posting a time of 1 minute, 7.39 seconds, which beat the best boys’ time by three seconds.

“I felt really good,” Kristy said. “I wasn’t planning on anything. We had a Y meet last week and I did around that time. I wasn’t sure if I could do it again.”

The Cony girls finished fourth behind third-place Brunswick. Both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams set school records in placing second to Messalonskee.

“You saw the two best relay teams in the state in this conference here today,” Cony coach Jon Millett said.

Cony’s Victoria Weber finished second in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

“Victoria Weber swam right on par,” Millett said. “She’s not peaking until next week. She went faster today than she did last year at this meet and we’re both looking forward to next week. She’s going to be even faster.”

Cony’s teammates — Phoebe Campbell, Melisa Peterson, Kayley McNeff and Jenna Harwood — all posted their best times of the season.

Brunswick won the boys meet with Morse taking second and Messalonskee third. Cony placed fifth.

Messalonskee junior Arthur Conover won handily in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events, winning the 200 by more than eight seconds and his specialty, the 500, by 14 seconds.

“I thought I didn’t do quite as well as I could have but I was happy with my swims,” Conover said.

Conover, who is the defending New England champion in the 500, finished in 4:50.62, well behind his PR of 4:38.

“It’s much easier when you have a really close race to have a good time,” he said.

Messalonskee’s Matt Dyer finished second in the 100 breaststroke while Cony’s Adam McNeff took third in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Lawrence’s Mitchell Cooper was third in the 50 free.

Gary Hawkins — 621-5638

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