(From left) Ellsworth swimmers Camden Holmes, Austin Baron, Sean Hill and Richie Matthews pose for a photo with their medals after winning the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Class B boys’ championships Feb. 20 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The team’s time of 1 minute, 29.54 seconds in the race broke the previous meet record, which was set by Old Town last year, by 0.03 seconds. KAREN BARON PHOTO

Ellsworth boys cap off swim season with 2nd-place finish at state championships



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ swim team capped off an outstanding 2017-18 season with a second-place finish at Tuesday’s Class B championships at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Camden Holmes and Richie Matthews led the way for the Eagles with two individual wins. Holmes set a meet record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.16 seconds and later added a win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.35 seconds. Matthews won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.

As a team, Matthews and Holmes joined Sean Hill and Austin Baron to help the Eagles broke the meet record for the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 29.54 seconds. That same group of swimmers later added a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:17.68.

Mount Desert Island won the meet to claim its first state championship on the boys’ side since 2009. Liam Sullivan was named Swimmer of the Meet after posting records in the 100 backstroke and 200-yard individual medley and helping the Trojans to a win in the 200-yard medley relay.

On the girls’ side, Ellsworth’s Ellie Clarke, Lilja Hanson, Katie Hammer and Miriam Nelson finished of 17 teams in the 200 medley relay. Clarke also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 50 free.

George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander made history as the school’s first individual state champion. Sealander won the girls’ 200 IM with a time of 2:09.89 and later finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 56.50 seconds.

Also claiming a state championship was Bucksport’s Anthony Wardwell, who won the 1-meter diving event at the Class A meet with a combined score of 396 points. He finished 74 3/4 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Griffin Conley of Falmouth.