Trojan Swimmers Hit the Pool

BAR HARBOR — The Lenny DeMuro pool at the Mount Desert Island YMCA is churning. It’s swim season on MDI.

The Mount Desert Island High School defending state championship girls’ team has reentered the water alongside a strong boys’ group of returning swimmers.

Head coach Tony DeMuro will return with his swimming skill set, learned from years at the poolside with his father, the legendary coach Lenny DeMuro. This year will be Tony’s 12th season with the Trojans.

“Are you asking me why I do it?” said DeMuro in an interviewer with the Islander. “I like the kids a lot. I’m a competitive guy. The pool is named after my father. It’s in my blood and it beats having a real job. I also like the smell of chlorine.”

This year, the girls’ team will compete with a whopping 35 swimmers (that’s double last year) and the boys have 18.

“With the boys we didn’t really lose much steam between this year and last year. We’ve got the same kids, only a year better,” said DeMuro. “We’re not super deep but we’ve got kids that look like they’ve improved on last year. In general, it would be nice to beat Ellsworth. But I think the boys will be battling for second or third in our championships this year.”

As for the girls, DeMuro can’t predict. The team has been practicing together for less than a week. He plans to focus on strength training and camaraderie until the end of January.

“We’re going to do the best we can and get into the best shape we can between now and the Bangor meet,” he said.

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