Swimmers of the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks team are all smiles at the Maine Swimming Junior Olympics meet held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Sharks placed third in the tournament that brought together 24 teams from across the state. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE CULLEN

Sharks take third at Maine Swimming Junior Olympics

BRUNKSWICK —The Mount Desert Island YMCA sharks swim team took third place this weekend at the Maine Swimming Junior Olympics meet, behind the Bath YMCA with a score of 4,288.5 and the Portland Porpoise Swim Club with 2,600.

The Sharks had a total team score of 1,908.5 points.

Forty-two YMCA Sharks swimmers met qualifying times to compete in the meet that took place from March 17-20 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick against 650 swimmers from 24 teams across Maine.

“It was a great tournament,” Coach Jim Willis said. “It was a long three and a half days, but it ended well for us.”

Lily James took first place in all of her nine individual events in the 10-and-under girls division. She was also part of the relay team, which included Gracie Parker, Finley Smith and Nina Redgate, that took first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:31.31 and second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 4:50.99.

James and Parker qualified for the Eastern Zone swimming meet in Webster, N.Y.

Liam Sullivan set new state records in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.33) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:07.46) and won four other events in the boys’ age 13-14 division.

Lydia DaCorte was on top in three events, the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.67), 1000-yard freestyle (5:21.34) and 1650-yard freestyle (17:44.73), and took third place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.12) in the senior girls’ division.

Sullivan and DaCorte have qualified for the YMCA National Championships scheduled for April in North Carolina.

Other swimmers who earned high points for the team were Brendan Graves, who took fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle (6:55.21) and the 50-yard breaststroke (42.22) in the boys’ 10-and-under division.

The relay team of Parker, Rozeff, James and Elle Yarborough was second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:12.67 (girls’ 10-and-under).

Amos Price placed fourth in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:40.23 for boys’ age 13-14 division.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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