Members of the Ellsworth girls’ swim team dive into the pool during the team’s Penobscot Valley Conference championship swim Feb. 26 at the Down East Family YMCA. The Ellsworth girls finished a best-ever second in the PVC meet. JORDAN BERRY PHOTO

Ellsworth girls take 2nd in PVC swim championships



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ swim team claimed second place in Friday’s virtual Penobscot Valley Conference championships.

The Eagles racked up 267 points as a team to finish behind only champion Mount Desert Island in the 10-team field. The performance marked the Ellsworth girls’ team’s best-ever finish in the event.

Kristy Barry set a new team record for Ellsworth as she posted a time of 2:13.22 in the 200-yard individual medley. The junior then earned an individual win for the Eagles as she finished first with a time of 59.65 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke.

Ellsworth also got strong individual efforts from Caroline Mazgaj, who placed second in both the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.26) and 100-yard backstroke (1:11.45). Kiera Springer (5:40.89), Lillian Frank (28.30 seconds), Ellie Anderson (59.39 seconds) and Leah MacPherson placed a respective second, fourth, fifth and sixth in the 500-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles.

Ellsworth’s unit of Anderson, MacPherson, Mazgaj and Berry took first with a time of 1:47.86 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley (Barry, Mazgaj, Kiera Springer, Lilja Hanson; 1:57.05) and 400-yard freestyle relay (Kiera Springer, Anderson, MacPherson, Barry; 3:58.48) teams placed second.

In Saturday’s 1-meter dive, Kiera Springer (341.10), Kaela Springer (328.15) and Elena Springer (307.75) gave Ellsworth a sweep of the top-three places. Kiera Springer’s score set a new team record.

The Ellsworth boys also competed in the PVC meet, though scores from that contest have yet to be announced. Results will not be tabulated until Old Town/Orono swims next week.

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