May 24, 2019
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Mount Desert Island boys repeat as Class B swimming and diving champs

Pixabay | BDN
Pixabay | BDN

Swimmers from Hancock County did themselves proud during Saturday’s Class B boys state championships at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool in Orono.

Mount Desert Island racked up 381 points to take home the title, while Penobscot Valley Conference rival Ellsworth finished as the runner-up with 312 points.

It is the second straight state crown for coach Tony DeMuro’s Trojans, who annexed their eighth boys title in program history.

Cape Elizabeth took third place with 239 points, followed by Greely of Cumberland Center (179) and Morse of Bath (175), while Yarmouth (152.5), Camden Hills of Rockport (138), Belfast (125), Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (120) and Old Town (95) also placed among the top 10 teams.

Liam Sullivan was the only individual event winner in MDI’s balanced, deep performance. He claimed the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 54.18 seconds and won the 100 breaststroke in 56.82.

Sullivan also led off the Trojans’ runner-up 200 medley and 400 free relay squads. In the former, Isaac Weaver, Tyler Willis and Tyler Woodworth contributed to the effort. In the 400 free relay, Sullivan, Willis, Amos Price and Woodworth were the participants.

MDI got seconds from Willis in the 100 fly and Sam Mitchell in the diving and Willis also took fifth in the 500 free while Woodworth placed third in the 100 free and Weaver wound up third in the 100 breast.

Other key contributors for MDI included: Price (fourth, 200 free; sixth, 100 butterfly), Zeke Valleau (fifth, 100 backstroke; seventh, 100 fly) and Ponce Saltysiak (sixth, 200 IM; seventh, 100 breaststroke). Cody Parker was seventh in the 500 free, with Mitchell, Saltysiak, Price and Weaver taking seventh in the 200 free relay.

Ellsworth took the gold in four events. Camden Holmes took top honors in the 100 free in 47.11 and Sam Pelletier won the 100 backstroke (54.82). The Eagles also turned in the fastest swims in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

Pelletier, Nick Partridge, Holmes and Henry Scheff clocked a 1:37.82 in the 200 medley relay, then Sean Hill, Beckett Markosian, Pelletier and Holmes closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay (3:17.27). The Eagles also were the runners-up in the 200 free relay behind Partridge, Markosian, Hill and Scheff).

Partridge picked up a second in the 100 breaststroke and Hill was second in the 200 free, with Pelletier and Partridge going second and fifth in the 200 IM.

Third-place Cape Elizabeth’s stalwarts included 200 free champion Rohan Freedman (1:45.13), who was second in the 100 free, along with 100 fly titlist Ethan Smith (52.26), 500 free winner Keegan McKenney (4:50.86) and the first-place 200 free relay unit made up of Smith, McKenney, Matt Yim and Freedman (1:30.94).

Gary Moline of Belfast scored 280.05 points to win the diving competition.

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