Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish

Grinnell recipient of Bakley Sportsmanship Award

Medomak Valley High School senior to continue pool work at Husson University in Bangor
By Staff | Apr 14, 2019
Courtesy of: Stephanie Grinnell Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish Emily Grinnell, left, and coach Morgan Schreiber.

Rockport — Emily Grinnell, 17, of Washington was awarded the 2018-19 Jordyn Bakley Sportsmanship Award during the Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish youth swim team's annual end-of-year banquet on Sunday, March 31.

The Jordyn Bakley Award honors a swimmer who exemplifies the attributes of good sportsmanship during the swim season; can take loss or defeat without complaint and treats opponents with fairness, generosity and courtesy, Sailfish coach Morgan Schreiber said at the banquet.

Each year, the award recognizes a Sailfish swimmer  in memory of Bakley, a former swimmer and member of the Midcoast community.

Grinnell has swum since age 5. She swam her first three years with the Manta Rays at Northern York County YMCA in Biddeford before her family moved to the Midcoast and she joined the Sailfish.

The Medomak Valley High School senior also has participated in USA Swimming as well as high school swim team, diving into the pool as an independent athlete alongside the Camden Hills squad.

Grinnell plans to earn her bachelor's degree in exercise science, before her doctorate in physical therapy, at Husson University in Bangor. She also will swim for the Eagles.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Stephanie Grinnell of Washington.

The recipient of the Jordyn Bakley Sportsmanship Award has their name added to a plaque, which hangs in the hallway of the YMCA, overlooking the pool.

Bakley, a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, was a strong role model for swimmers during her time as a member of the Sailfish. She always maintained a positive, up-beat attitude and truly became part of the Sailfish family, said friend and former Sailfish coach Lianne McCluskey, who also sits on the committee deciding on the award recipient.

After Bakley passed away in 2010 from a fatal hit-and-run accident while a student at the University of Maine in Orono, to ensure her legacy lived on, former Sailfish swimmers Tyler Evans, Alyssa McCluskey and Lianne McCluskey created the sportsmanship award to promote the qualities that best represent Bakley's character. The McCluskeys are sisters.

Former recipients of the Bakley award include: Margaux Scott (2012-2013), Mark McCluskey (2013-2014), Connor O’ Farrell (2014-2015), Keeli Wood (2015-2016). Sadie Woodruff (2016-2017) and Tessa Meil (2017-2018).

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