The Mount Desert Island girls’ swim team poses for a photo after winning the Class B championship Feb. 17 at Bowdoin College. 2020 was a banner year for both the MDI boys’ and girls’ teams, which won state championships to cap off perfect seasons. CARRIE EASON PHOTO

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: MDI swim teams win state titles



BAR HARBOR — Even after saying goodbye to a legendary coach, the Mount Desert Island swim team didn’t skip a beat in 2020.

MDI claimed both boys’ and girls’ state titles this past winter under first-year head coach David Blaney. The championship wins capped off perfect seasons for the Trojans, whose former coach, Tony DeMuro, stepped down in the offseason to take the job at Maine Maritime Academy.

On the girls’ side, MDI earned 323 points in the Feb. 8 Penobscot Valley Conference championships to top Bangor (234 points) for the title. In the Feb. 17 state championships at Bowdoin College, the Trojans finished with 379 points to top Greely (333 points) and win its first state title since 2014 and the fourth in team history.

After winning each of its dual meets in the regular season, the MDI boys’ team claimed the PVC crown as it racked up 347 points to beat out Bangor (270 points) for first place. The boys’ team then claimed its third state title in a row and ninth overall with a first-place finish in the Class B championships Feb. 18.

Elsewhere in Hancock County, the Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ swim teams posted strong seasons of their own. Despite competing with small roster sizes, the Eagles placed third in the PVC championships and fourth in the state championships.

Championship meets are unlikely to take place in 2021 as a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Should a winter sports season be held in the coming months, teams will instead compete in virtual meets.

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