Olivia Tighe Leads Cape Elizabeth to Maine Class B State Championship

Photo Courtesy: Cathleen Pruden

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The girls from Cape Elizabeth High School won the 2018 Maine High School Class B state championships on Monday afternoon. The team scored 351 points. In second was Greely High School with 335 points.

The team from Morse: Ella MartinHaily HarperOlivia Harper, and Leah Totman won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.18. Six seconds behind was Greely’s Courtney RogElizabeth DomingoMaddie Rawnsley, and Kayla Moroney. Cape Elizabeth was disqualified in the opening relay.

The eventual champions jumped right back into the mix in the first event. Sophomore Caroline Mahoney went out strong and hung on, to win the 200 freestyle in dominant fashion, touching in 1:53.67. Greely’s Jaehee Park was second in 1:58.93.

Mahoney was later second in the 100 backstroke with a 56.53. Leading the way in that event was Morse’s sophomore Olivia Harper, touching in 54.64. Harper set a new meet and state record, as well as a new Bowdoin College pool mark. The previous meet and state mark was 56.25, swum just last year.

In the very next event, the 100 breaststroke, her sister Haily picked up another state title for Morse, stopping the clock in 1:07.82. Greely’s Courtney Rog picked up second place points in 1:09.45. Haily was also third in the 200 IM (2:14.93). Rog was second in that event (2:13.79) while George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander earned gold with a 2:09.89.

Olivia Harper’s other victory of the day was a tight one. In the 100 butterfly she touched in 56.35, just .15 quicker than Sealander in 56.50.

Cape Elizabeth got two wins from junior Olivia Tighe. She set a meet, state, and pool record in the 100 freestyle with a 50.23. Her teammate Alicia Lawrence was second there in 52.28. Morses’ Ella Martin touched third (53.53). Cape Elizabeth also added fourth place points from Hope Campbell (55.35). Tighe’s other top finish came in the 500 freestyle with a 5:03.21. Park was runner up (5:29.38).

Lawrence topped the 50 freestyle in 23.79 ahead of Martin (24.48) and Campbell (24.76). Greely’s Julia Bisson won one meter diving with 396.30 points.

Mahoney, Campbell, Lawrence, and Tighe combined for a 1:36.20 in the 200 freestyle relay. That time was a new state and meet record mark, faster than Morse’s 1:37.62 in 2017. Morse settled for second in 1:41.03 with the team of Harper, Leah Totman, Harper, and Martin.

Cape Elizabeth put an exclamation point on the end of the meet. Lawrence, Mahoney, Campbell, and Tighe touched in 3:32.97, just shy of their own state record, to win the 400 freestyle relay by over 15 seconds.

Full results

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Photo Courtesy: Cathleen Pruden

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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