PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT MONTGOMERY

20th Echo Lake Swim draws strong turnout



PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT MONTGOMERY

Swimmers compete in the 20th Annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Ike’s Point on Echo Lake.

SOMESVILLE — Seventy-four swimmers and 20 volunteers participated in the 20th Annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Ike’s Point on Echo Lake.

Swimmers could compete in the 500-yard swim, the 1.5-mile swim or both.

The event was first organized 20 years ago by Bill Reeve when he challenged a small group of swimmers from Ellsworth and Bar Harbor to swim outdoors.

The event has grown over the years and now attracts swimmers from as far as North Carolina and Florida, who schedule their Maine vacations around the event.

This year, the ages ranged from 6 to 80, with the youngest and oldest from the same family. Ella Montgomery and her grandfather, George Montgomery, competed together in the 500-yard swim.

In the 500-yard swim, 13-year-old Liam Sullivan of Bar Harbor and 15-year-old Sam Alvarado of Ellsworth tied as the top male finishers with a time of five minutes and 56.86 seconds.

Katie Schick, 18, of West Chester, Pa., was the top female finisher in the 500-yard race with a time of six minutes and 27.95 seconds.

In the 1.5-mile race, the top male finisher was 15-year-old Julian Abaldo of Camden with a time of 35 minutes and 18.33 seconds. He was closely followed by Liam Sullivan in 35 minutes and 39.27 seconds.

The top female finisher in the 1.5-mile race was 45-year-old Susan Cooney of Belfast with a time of 35 minutes and 40.90 seconds.

Three of Maine’s top age group swimmers set Maine YMCA state records this year: Sam Alvarado, Liam Sullivan and Julian Abaldo.

This year’s event was sponsored by Finn’s Irish Pub, Clarke Construction and Darren Richardson Electric.

Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Sports Editor at The Ellsworth American
Taylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.