Ellsworth swim team excels in final meets of 2018

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth swim team closed out the 2018 portion of its schedule in excellent fashion with a sweep of Washington Academy on Dec. 21 and a strong meet Friday at the Morse Invitational in Bath.

Competing against Washington Academy at the Down East Family YMCA, Ellsworth scored a 128-31 win on the boys’ side and a 109-6 triumph on the girls’ side. The Eagles won 23 of the 24 total events in the dual meet.

Although the Eagles didn’t set any new swimming records against Washington Academy, freshman Elena Springer broke the diving record she had set just six days earlier when she competed at a diving exhibition the same day in Brewer. With a score of 165, Springer eclipsed her Dec. 15 mark by 29.5 points.

A week later, Ellsworth traveled to the Bath YMCA to participate in the Morse Invitational. The meet pitted the Eagles against Morse and Cony, two of the five largest Class B schools, as well as Brunswick, which competes in Class A.

“These were teams that we don’t generally get to swim against,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “It was a great experience for all and another opportunity to swim where there is generally a long break in the regularly scheduled dual-meet schedule due to the holiday break.”

The Ellsworth boys’ team enjoyed immense success at the meet with a first-place finish. The Eagles secured 252 points, two more than second-place Cony.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Sam Pelletier, Nick Partridge, Camden Holmes and Henry Scheff placed first with a time of 1 minute, 40.11 seconds.

Pelletier, Holmes and Scheff teamed up with Sean Hill later to win the 400-yardfreestyle relay. Individually, Hill (200-yard freestyle, Pelletier (200-yard individual medley and Holmes (100-yard freestyle) secured wins for the Eagles.

Ellsworth has secured a total of 78 Class B championship qualification times, up 47 from its opening meet against Hampden Academy. The Eagles, whose next meet will be held against Carlisle at 1 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 5, in Limestone, now have 20 of their 31 swimmers qualified for the state championships.

“Most of the swimmers [have qualified] for time in multiple events,” Goodman said. “They will only be able to swim two individual events for states, but having qualified in multiple events provides great flexibility.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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