Adria Horton wins the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.31 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.52. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

MDI swim team sweeps Old Town/Orono



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island swim team earned yet another sweep last Thursday as it defeated Old Town/Orono in its latest virtual meet. 

MDI’s girls’ team claimed its biggest margin of victory this year with a 152-27 win over the Coyotes. The Trojans also claimed a decisive win on the boys’ side, claiming 129 points to Old Town’s 38. MDI won 23 of the meet’s 24 events. 

MDI swept all nine individual events on the girls’ side. Adria Horton (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly) and Maria Saltysiak (200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle) claimed two wins each for the Trojans, who got one apiece from Callan Eason (200-yard freestyle), Zoe Horton (1-meter dive), Cecilia Saltysiak (100-yard freestyle), Elle Yarborough (100-yard backstroke) and Addy Smith (100-yard breaststroke). 

The MDI girls also claimed victories in all three relay competitions. The wins came with times of 2 minutes, 10.12 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay (Adria Horton, Susanna Davis, Lily James and Sage Dentremont), 1:54.37 in the 200-yard freestyle relay (Horton, Callan Eason, Susanna Davis and Lilly James) and 4:17.81 in the 400-yard freestyle relay (Cecilia Saltysiak, Olivia Underwood, Sarah Weaver and Denali Wagstaff). 

On the boys’ side, MDI claimed wins in all nine of the individual contests. The wins came courtesy of Ponce Saltysiak (200 freestyle), Jesse Lower (200 IM), Sam Mitchell (1-meter dive), Julian Walls (100 butterfly), Cody Parker (100 freestyle), Liam McKernan (500 freestyle), Paul Briggs (100 backstroke) and Brendan Graves (100 breaststroke). 

In relay competition, the MDI boys notched wins in two of three events. The quartet of McKernan, Graves, Sam Schleif and Sam York won the 200 freestyle relay in 2:02.67, and Schleif, Walls, Graves and Ryan Davis gave the Trojans a win in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:53.25. 

Mitchell was chosen as the Penobscot Valley Conference’s Peak Performer of the Meet for his effort in the 1-meter dive. The senior, whose score of 163.65 was 66.3 points better than that of the second-place finisher, is the reigning PVC champion in the event. 

“[Sam has] won the boys’ diving event in our four dual meets thus far and was MDI’s highest finisher at last Saturday’s Crusader Diving Invitational,” MDI head coach David Blaney told the PVC. “Encouraging our many new divers during practices while fostering great camaraderie with the Ellsworth divers, Sam exhibits outstanding leadership and commitment to our program.” 

MDI will close out the regular season at 5 p.m. today, Feb. 11, when it takes on Ellsworth. The Trojans will then wait for word on whether conference and state championship meets will take place. 

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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