The Messalonskee High School girls swim team already made history by winning its first Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship.

The Eagles hope to make some more today at the University of Maine, where they will contend for the Class A swimming and diving state championship.

“If all goes well, and people hold their spots, we should be competitive,” Messalonskee coach Tom Sheridan said. “The kids have to swim their best from all year. But to have this opportunity, it’s all you can ask for.”

The Class A girls swim meet is 4 p.m. today in Orono while the boys meet is at Bowdoin College.

On Tuesday, UMaine will host the Class A boys while the Class B girls title will be decided at Bowdoin.

Messalonskee will challenge frontrunner Bangor, which is gunning for its fourth Class A title in six years.

The Rams feature talented sophomore Emma Waddell, who is the top seed in two events — the 200 individual medley and 100-yard butterfly.

Bangor also will score points in diving, an event Messalonskee doesn’t compete in.

“We’ll give some points to Bangor,” Sheridan said, “but we aren’t conceding anything. We have a lot of depth and we have some talented swimmers.”

Senior Lindsey Prelgovisk is seeded first in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.

Her 58.99 seed time in the backstroke is the fastest in the state, regardless of class. Hannah Homans, of Cape Elizabeth, is seeded second.

“I’m still nervous,” Prelgovisk said. “I’m hoping to swim the races how I swim them. Hopefully, I’ll get the best times I’ve had. I know there will be good competition in both of events.”

Cony senior Victoria Weber is seeded second in the 200 free, although her time is about five seconds off Prelgovisk’s.

Weber is also seeded second in the 100 free.

“I’m very nervous,” she said. “It’s going to be a really close meet. I think I have a chance of winning and getting best times, but it’s really nerve-racking. Lindsey beat me by quite a bit at the KVAC’s. I’m hoping to make it a little closer of a race this time.”

Weber is just two-hundredths of a second off Celia Ouellette, of Mt. Ararat.

“I think this time I will try to redeem myself and see if I can get her this time,” Weber said.

Messalonskee sophomore Kristy Prelgovisk is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke. Sammy Mathieu, Amanda Joy and Sam Briggs are also well-positioned to score well for the Eagles.

“We have a lot of people placed in the top 10 in almost every event, which is great,” Kristy Prelgovisk said.

Mathieu is seeded third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 IM. Briggs is seeded fourth in the 500 and sixth in the 200 free. Joy is second in the 500.

“We’re going to go out and see what we can do,” Joy said.

Added Mathieu: “We have more depth than we’ve had the last couple of years. I’m nervous and excited. We want to do good but we don’t want to be too confident, either.”

Messalonskee junior Arthur Conover could challenge for a few state titles as well.

He’s seeded first in the 500 free and second in the 200 IM.

In Class B, both Greely teams, along with Mt. Desert Island, are among the favorites to contend for state titles.

Several Waterville swimmers are also in line to score.

Junior Sam Zarfos is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke while senior Will Hoffman is seeded fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Waterville junior Brianna Bernier is seeded fifth in the 200 IM.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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