Even though Maine’s high school regular-season and state swimming meets have finished, a handful of local athletes from Camden Hills, Belfast and Rockland traveled out of state Saturday for the New England championships.

Eight Midcoast swimmers competed in the New England championships at the University of New Hampshire.

“The meet was long, but we all finished the season very strong,” said Camden Hills’ Lianne McCluskey, who also, separately, has been honored as the state Class B female swimmer of the year.

The New England meet lasted more than seven hours.

Along with McCluskey, Camden Hills saw Davis Saltonstall, Emily Creamer, Ellery Chalmers and Margaux Scott all compete in the talent-laden meet, along with Rockland’s Tyler Arndt and Belfast’s Will Hurley and Ben Shepard.

McCluskey fared especially well, placing second in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. McCluskey finished a mere 10th of a second from winning the New England title, and was one of the swimmers to set a meet record.

Saltonstall also placed among the top five in the 200 freestyle.

“The kids did fantastic,” said Windjammer coach Scott Bowen. “Overall it went very well. I mean the kids had some good swims; it was pretty cool.”

“It was just an all-around great ending to the season,” he said.

Arndt also performed well as he placed second in the 100 free for all Maine competitors.

In the 400 free relay, the Camden Hills foursome of McCluskey, Creamer, Chalmers and Scott met their goal to break the four-minute mark. They finished in 3:59.20, “It was very exciting; we moved up a lot of places,” McCluskey said of the team’s beginning and ending place in the event.

Bowen said the team’s most important goal was to break four minutes in the free relay.

“We have been trying all year long,” he said. He added that at the KVAC the group finished in 4.00.02 and at states in 4.02. “So, we were like, ‘O.K. we’ve got one more chance to do it. We will go to New England and we will do it there,” he said.

The Belfast swimmers also succeeded, according to Lion coach Bob Winslow. “I was real pleased with what they did,” the coach said. “They swam very well for not being rested and tapered. They swam very hard.”

Winslow added that he and his team were happy to see all the Midcoast swimmers compete and cheered Windjammer, Tiger and Lion alike to the finish line.

He said that although senior diver and swimmer Amber Resmini qualified for the New England championships, she was unable to compete due to an injury suffered in practice.

Overall though, Winslow said this has been a good season for the Lions and he looks forward to next year.

“The future looks bright,” he said. “We have got a bunch of divers returning so things look good. We finished the season at third place in states, won the KVACs and had an undefeated dual-meet season [for the Lion boys].”

The individual results for the local swimmers were:

Girls 200 MR — 9, Camden Hills (Chalmers, McCluskey, Scott, Creamer), 2:01.29.

Boys 200 free — 5, Saltonstall, CH, 1:52.94; and 7, Hurley, Bel, 1:53.87.

Girls 50 free — 2, McCluskey, CH, 24.65.

Girls 100 fly — 2, McCluskey, CH, 1:00.97.

Boys 100 free — 7, Arndt, Rock, 50.66; and 8, Saltonstall, CH, 50.77.

Boys 500 free — 2, Hurley, Bel, 5:07.77.

Boys 100 back — 6, Shepherd, Bel, 57.05; and 7, Arndt, Rock, 57.28.

Girls 400 FR — 6, Camden Hills (Chalmers, Scott, Creamer, McCluskey), 3:59.20.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.