Ellsworth’s Richie Matthews swims the 100-yard butterfly during a high school swim meet against Old Town on Jan. 19 in Ellsworth. Matthews won the event with a time of 54.20 seconds. KAREN BARON PHOTO

Ellsworth swim team sweeps Old Town in Class B showdown



ELLSWORTH — No matter the obstacles facing them, the Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ swim teams have been nearly unstoppable this season. Even when faced with one of the state’s most heralded opponents, the Eagles managed to prevail once again.

Ellsworth continued its impressive season on Friday with boys’ and girls’ wins over visiting Old Town. The results marked the Eagles’ fourth sweep so far this season.

“I was proud of all the swimmers and the effort that was put forth,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “There were really good swims by a lot of the swimmers from both Old Town and EHS.”

On the boys’ side, the meet was a rematch between the No. 1 and 2 finishers at last year’s state championships, which Old Town won. This time, Ellsworth came out on top with a 103-66 victory.

Richie Matthews put forth an outstanding performance for Ellsworth. The senior won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and also competed on four-person teams that earned wins in the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays.

Also starring for the Ellsworth boys’ team was Austin Baron, who won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.03 seconds and the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 15.65 seconds. Beckett Markosian (100-yard backstroke), Sean Hill (200-yard freestyle) and Sam Pelletier (500-yard freestyle) also earned individual wins for the Eagles.

Although the Ellsworth girls trailed Old Town after four events, the team was able to mount a comeback. After eight events, the Eagles took the lead from the Coyotes and held on the rest of the way for a 91-75 win.

Ellie Clarke provided a pair of individual wins for Ellsworth with triumphs in the 50- and 500-yard freestyles. Miriam Nelson won the 200 freestyle for the Eagles, and Kristen Moseley won the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:06.37.

As a team, the Ellsworth girls earned wins in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The 200 team of Caitlin MacPherson, Abby Mazgaj, Miriam Nelson and Ellie Clarke won with a time of 1:51.94, second in school history only to the 1:48.96 finish they set themselves last week.

“At midseason, we are seeing a few times hold steady, which is expected as the workouts and yardage swam daily reaches a high tempo,” Goodman said. “We are working toward reaching peak performance in the championship meets.”

With the wins, Ellsworth improved its record in dual meets to 5-0 on the boys’ side and 4-1 on the girls’ side. The Eagles have a dual doubleheader against GSA and Caribou and Presque Isle co-op Carlisle at 7 p.m. next Friday, Jan. 26, and will take on Hampden Academy at 6 p.m. the following day at Husson University. The team’s final meet will be at home against Washington Academy at 6 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Eagles now have 11 boys and six girls qualified for the state championship meet in a combination of individual and team events. Yet with the aforementioned meets still to come, it’s likely that number will grow as the regular season begins to wind down.

“We have several swimmers who are very close [to qualifying],” Goodman said. “These kids have for more opportunities to qualify, and I am sure they will.”

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]