Youth swimming

Sailfish make waves during exciting pool season

Talented Penobscot Bay YMCA squad could make another state title run
By Ken Waltz | Jan 11, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish Ella Scott swims the backstroke during a dual-meet with Mount Desert Island Jan. 5. The host Sailfish beat the Sharks.

Rockport — Young athletes ages 5 to 18 have enjoyed tremendous success in the pool for the Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish youth swim team thus far this season.

The Sailfish are led by veteran coach Hodding Carter, with help from several assistant coaches.

The team's most recent meet was against the visiting Mount Desert Island Sharks on Jan. 5. Results from that meet can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this story.

Click for photos from that meet.

The Sailfish opened their season in late Novemeber against Downeast Family YMCA of Ellsworth and have been going strong since, except during the recent holiday break.

The Sailfish program has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and sports 134 swimmers this winter. The team also is coming off a 2011-12 season that included finishing second in the Maine State YMCA Swimming Championships and seeing coach Carter named coach of the year by the 16-member Maine YMCA coaches.

"Our team has grown to roughly 140 swimmers this year, nearly a 40 percent increase, and we think we're going to come very close to winning states," Carter said. "It's been a long, fun climb from the last-place [Sailfish] team in 2007."

The 2012-13 Sailfish, with the swimmers' ages listed, include: Catherine Abaldo, 15; Julian Abaldo, 13; Cera Aex, 9; Bryon Aho-Tixier, 11; Abigail Ames, 6; Aiden Andrews, 8; Mike Arvidson, 13; Anya Babb-Brott, 10; Morgan Bagnall, 8; Katherine Bowen, 10; Iselin Bratz, 8; Anabel Carter, 16; Angus Carter, 9; Eliza Carter, 16; Helen Carter, 15; Hodding Carter, 50; Austin Charkowick, 11; Mathew Clayton, 7; Lucy Cohen, 9; Sam Conlan, 10; Sunny Conlan, 12; Charlie Cooper, 11; Kyle Crans, 14; Jack Crockett, 16; Sam Crockett, 16; Amy Cummings, 13; Gail Curtis, 8; Greta Curtis, 10; Emma Cyr, 7; Katherine Dailey, 12; Lillian Dailey, 10; Britta Denny, 6; Tor Denny, 9; Mae Dostie, 8; Annie Edge, 7; Nora Finck, 8; Austin Ford, 9; Katherine Freeman, 9; Alon Gilat, 10; Olivia Goodwin-Cook, 13; Kera Griffin, 9; Emily Grinnell, 11; Emma Gutheinz, 14; Eve Gutheinz, 11; Isabelle Gutheinz, 13; Jack Hanson, 12; Sam Hanson, 10; Rylee Harford, 7; Sarah Haselton, 16; Brady Hedstrom, 10; Cameron Hedstrom, 9; Connor Hedstrom, 11; Theodore Hedstrom, 6; Luke James, 10; Emma Jordan, 10; Alexander Jurek, 13; William Jurek, 9; Madeline Karod, 15; Avery Lamont, 18; Eleanor Lincoln, 10; Josie Lincoln, 7; Eileen Maeda, 10; Alana Mahoney, 10; Alden Mason, 14; Eddie McCluskey, 17; Mark McCluskey, 15; Yanmei McElhaney, 15; Max Mckenna, 10; Ivy Merriam, 8; Kiaya Mills, 10; Amanda Mirabile, 10; Dylan Morgenstern, 8; Abigail Nathan, 10; Benjamin Nautel, 9; Katherine O'Brien, 9; Connor O'Farrell, 12; Grace Olsen, 13; Greyson Orne, 8; Natalie Owre, 13; Carson Pavelich, 13; Ella Pierce, 11; Lincoln Pierce, 8; Moira Pieri, 16; Aiden Pike, 8; Mary Kate Pons, 9; Esme Power, 13; Mackenzie Power, 11; Grace Powers, 14; Grace Pratt, 8; Wesley Pratt, 10; Dylan Reese, 14; Suzannah Richardi, 10; Carlton Richmond, 8; Margaret Richmond, 10; Phoebe Root, 9; Gabe Ruesswick, 9; Cooper Russell, 12; Julia Russell, 7; Audrey Scott, 10; Ella Scott, 15; Margaux Scott, 17; Fiona Sewall, 12; Gwenyvere Sewall, 14; Shea Sewall, 10; Madison Shoudy, 8; Emily Smith, 17; Ellie Spizzuoco, 13; Achille Steinhoff, 9; Laszlo Steinhoff, 15; Alexandra Tassoni, 8; Ella Tassoni, 10; Charlotte Taylor, 8; Auren Teel, 7; Sophia Tempio-Wilson, 12; Molly Tobin, 14; Samuel Van Lonkhuyzen, 7 Sarah Van Lonkhuyzen, 7; Emma Vannorsdall, 13; Kaitlyn Walker-Spencer, 8; Robyn Walker-Spencer, 10; Phoebe Walsh, 10; Patrick Weferling, 17; Farin Weidman, 10; Gabriel Wheeler, 6; Kirstin Whitney, 10; Madeline Whytock, 9; Abigail Williams, 7; Annabelle Williams, 10; Kaden Wood, 6; Kasey Wood, 10; Keeli Wood, 8; Oliver Worner, 8; Leah Zwecker, 5; and Zoe Zwecker, 14.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 12, 2013 21:03

It seems good to see the Y swim team back in the news. My children, now grown, were into meets at the old Y with lloyd Snapp as Director. Keep up the good works.

Mickey

 McKeever



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 12, 2013 21:02

It seems good to see the Y swim team back in the news. My children, now grown, were into meets at the old Y with lloyd Snapp as Director. Keep up the good works.

Mickey

 McKeever



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