Youth pool athletes

Sailfish show their age to earn top places, times at Westbrook

By Staff | Feb 03, 2020

Westbrook — In spite of wintry weather, 18 intrepid Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish youth swimmers made their way to the Westbrook Community Center in early January to usher in the new year at the swim-your-own-age meet.

The Westbrook Seals hosted 15 teams for the two-day meet, where young swimmers competed against pool athletes their age — with the exception of 6-and-under and 15-and-over — as opposed to the usual bracketed age groups.

Sailfish coach Morgan Schreiber said the Sailfish experienced standout finishes at the Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12 event.

For boys, 9-year-old Larkin Mott took third in the 50 butterfly and George Bickham second for his 50 freestyle in 26.99 seconds. Vivienne Perry and Cora Gates took first and second place in the 10-year-old girls 50 backstroke, touching within one-fourth of a second of one another. Hettie Bickham won the girls 100 breaststroke in 1:22.76 and Lily Mott dropped two seconds from her best time to win the 13-year-old girls 100 back in 1:05.22.

High school freshman Sarah VanLonkhuyzen took first in the 14-year-old girls 200 freestyle, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 individual medley. Phoebe Root, swimming in the 15-and-older age group, won the 50 free, 100 back and 200 IM, scoring enough points to win her division.

Seven other swimmers finished among the top six in their age groups: Bea Bickham took third for 9-year-old girls, while Larkin Mott finished fifth for the boys. Ten-year-olds Madelyn Smith and Vivienne Perry finished second and sixth.

Eleven-year-old Hettie Bickham placed fifth in her age group, while her brother, George Bickham, took sixth for the 13-year-old boys group. Sarah VanLonkhuyzen finished third for the 14-year-old girls age group.

Regardless of place, the team had an impressive midwinter meet, many personal-best times, noticeably improved technique, and above all, strong sportsmanship, the coach said.

Frances Killea contributed information for this story.

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