BAR HARBOR — Coach Tony DeMuro has known for a long time that the high school swim season is a marathon rather than a sprint. Back in February, his Mount Desert Island High School squad proved that for him.
When the 2017-18 season began, MDI was without many of its top swimmers as the teams around it began to hit its stride. In its first meet of the season, the Trojans were trounced by Ellsworth in a contest DeMuro remembers all too well.
“We didn’t look very good at all that day, but you know? That’s OK,” DeMuro said. “It’s never been our focus to be our best right when the season starts. We’re going to do as best we can, but our goal in the past, in the present and always is what it’s going to look in February.”
Two months later, the Trojans hoisted a state championship trophy on the boys’ side and finished an impressive third on the girls’ side. With many of those swimmers back this year, the Trojans have a shot at another very successful season.
The MDI boys’ team will have an excellent shot at defending its state title with the returns of several championship medal winners from last year. Liam Sullivan, the Swimmer of the Meet at last year’s Class B championships, is set for his senior season, and Isaac Weaver, Amos Price, Tyler Willis are also back to lead a strong boys’ squad.
This year’s girls’ team will be relying heavily on underclassmen following the graduations of Maddie Woodworth and Eliza Schleif. Ruby Brown, Adria Horton and Anna Naggert are among the Trojans’ returnees.
“We’re so young on the girls’ side without Eliza and Maddie, but a lot of these are kids who know me from the Y,” DeMuro said. “They know the ropes, and they’re excited to get started.”
MDI’s first meet will be on the road against Old Town at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.