(From left) George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander, Ellsworth’s Richie Matthews and Camden Holmes and Mount Desert Island’s Liam Sullivan pose for a photo at the Maine Interscholastic Swim League banquet at the Augusta Civic Center. All four swimmers earned All-State honors in multiple events. KAREN BARON PHOTO

Hancock County swimmers earn All-State honors



ELLSWORTH — Four Hancock County swimmers were honored at this year’s Maine Interscholastic Swim League banquet over the weekend.

Camden Holmes and Richie Matthews of Ellsworth, Ava Sealander of George Stevens Academy and Liam Sullivan of Mount Desert Island received recognition as All-State swimmers Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards were fitting honors for what was a historic year for the sport across Hancock County.

Holmes and Matthews led Ellsworth to a Penobscot Valley Conference title last month, and both were named 200-medley relay All-State selections for their achievements in the pool. Holmes was also selected to the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle teams, and Matthews received 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke selections.

Sealander made history at the Feb. 19 Class B girls’ championships at Bowdoin College when she became GSA’s first state champion in the sport with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley. In addition to her All-State selection in that event, she was also named in the 200 medley relay and 100 fly.

Sullivan, a junior, led MDI to the school’s first state title on the boys’ side since 2009 and was even named Swimmer of the Meet at the Class championships Feb. 20. He received selections to the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200 medley, 100 freestyle and 200 IM teams.