BAR HARBOR — The passion and intensity of the Ellsworth vs. Mount Desert Island rivalry filled the Bar Harbor air last week, and the warmth of the pool deck provided a welcome reprieve from the bitter cold.
Ellsworth and MDI continued their successful 2018-19 swim seasons Friday with a dual meet at the MDI YMCA. The Trojans won the boys’ and girls’ meets, but the Eagles put up valiant efforts and set multiple records in the process.
“There were lots of close races and lots of fast swims,” MDI head coach Tony DeMuro said. “It was nice to have the kids get pumped up to race a really good team, and they responded well.”
The girls’ meet between Ellsworth and MDI was particularly thrilling with the Trojans edging the Eagles 88-87. MDI secured the team win with a first-place finish in the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
For Ellsworth, the quartet of Ellie Clarke, Miriam Nelson, Caitlin MacPherson and Kristy Barry set a new record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 46.26 seconds. On the diving board, freshman Elena Springer posted a score of 195.5 to break her old record of 165.
MacPherson enjoyed a strong day individually for Ellsworth with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Clarke posted two wins of her own with triumphs in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.
For the Trojans, Ruby Brown (200-yard freestyle) and Adria Horton (500-yard freestyle) posted individual wins. The two combined with Addy Smith and Maria Saltysiak to give the Trojans the win in the 400 freestyle relay.
On the boys’ side, Ellsworth’s Camden Holmes set an MDI YMCA pool record with a time of 21.66 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Later, Holmes posted his second win of the night with a time of 5:12.43 in the 500 freestyle.
Ellsworth’s other individual wins came courtesy of Henry Scheff (200 IM) and Nick Partridge (100 breaststroke). As a team, the Eagles won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.68.
Liam Sullivan posted a pair of individual wins for MDI with victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Sam Mitchell (1-meter dive), Tyler Willis (100-yard butterfly) and Tyler Woodworth (100-yard freestyle) posted the other individual wins for the Trojans.
Willis, Sullivan, Woodworth and Ponce Saltysiak posted a time of 3:28.67 to give MDI a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The Trojans defeated Ellsworth by a score of 99-81 in the overall team event.
“We’re running out of work days,” DeMuro said. “We need to keep the pedal to the metal and just keep getting better.”
MDI will face Orono at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 18, at the University of Maine. Ellsworth, which defeated Belfast 53-45 on the boys’ side and 49-45 on the girls’ side Tuesday, will host Old Town at 7 p.m. Friday.
“It was a very tight meet, and there were many close and exciting races,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said of the Belfast meet. “[It was] a chance to have the swimmers compete against a great team that we normally only swim at states. It was a great experience, and Belfast is a great host.”