Dolphins Turn in Strong Effort at Bowdoin Open



ELLSWORTH — The Dolphins of the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA took 24 swimmers to one of the most competitive meets in New England when they traveled down to Bowdoin College in Brunswick last weekend to compete in the Bowdoin Open Swim Meet.

The Bowdoin Open attracts some of the best swimmers from around New England. More than 650 swimmers from 22 teams entered the competition.

The Dolphins placed 10th overall, and were the fifth best team from Maine. The Little Rhody Aquatic Club from Rhode Island won the meet.

Keith Chandler, 15, qualified for the YMCA Short Course Nationals in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.73.

Competing in the finals of that event, Chandler made the time after missing the qualifying time by .07 of a second during the morning preliminary round.

In order to make finals, a swimmer must place among the top 24 in the morning session. They then compete for points in the same event at night.

Several other Dolphin swimmers also made the finals, including Maks Grover, Erin Connery, Cece McEachern and Travis Dennison.

In the age group portion of the meet, several Dolphins scored in the top eight among swimmers age 12 and under. They included Austin Baron, Talor Hamilton, Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes, Sam TeHenneppe and Sam Alvarado.

Alvarado, 10, was the only Dolphin to score a first place finish in the meet. He won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:30.07.

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