Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado swims the 500-yard freestyle during the Class B North regional championships Feb. 10 at the University of Maine in Orono. Alvarado won the event. PHOTO COURTESY OF KAREN BARON

Ellsworth, MDI swim teams among top finishers at regional championships

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys and girls each posted top-half finishes at this weekend’s Class B North swim championships.

The boys’ tournament was held Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. Ellsworth finished second behind Old Town and got two wins each from Sam Alvarado and Camden Holmes. MDI finished fourth.

Alvarado is an athlete Ellsworth coach James Goodman has called “a driving force” behind the Eagles’ success in recent years. An accomplished distance swimmer, Alvarado is Maine’s No. 1-ranked swimmer in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.

“[Sam] is humble, dedicated and a gentleman,” Goodman said. “He never gives up, and he gets the job done regardless of the odds. … He is one of Ellsworth’s finest sons.”

At Husson University, MDI finished second behind Bangor on the girls’ side. A team consisting of Ceileigh Weaver, Ruby Brown, Maddie Woodworth and Lydia DaCorte won the 200-yard freestyle for the Trojans. For Ellsworth, Ellie Clarke broke her record in the 100-yard backstroke once again by finishing in 1 minute, 1.92 seconds. The Eagles finished sixth.

Both teams have swimmers qualified for the upcoming state championships. The boys’ meet will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, and the girls’ meet will be held Monday, Feb. 20. Both events will be held at UMaine.