Ellsworth swim team caps off successful year at state championships

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike 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] ORONO — His swimmers were on the way to the locker room and the team bus, but Jim Goodman wasn’t ready to leave just yet.The Class B girls’ swim championships had just concluded, and the crowd at the University of Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool was beginning to file out. Goodman, the Ellsworth swim coach, was slowly packing up his things. He sat for a moment to ponder the season that had been.“I love doing this,” he said. “Watching these young men and women improve all year long, that’s what’s so rewarding to me.”Each and every week, Goodman takes time to emphasize how much his swimmers have improved. At state meets Saturday and Monday, those swimmers made him proud one more time.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys’ team finished second at Saturday’s boys’ championships, and the girls’ team finished 11th on Monday. Both the boys and girls teams won awards for good sportsmanship, and sophomore Camden Holmes was named the boys’ meet’s top performer.Holmes was one of three boys’ swimmers to win two or more races on the day. He won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.27 seconds and also claimed victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.76. He also joined Richie Matthews, Sam Alvarado and Austin Baron on the 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished third.Alvarado finished ninth in the 200 free earlier in the day. Immediately after the race, Goodman said, Alvarado asked trainers to take a look at his back. He injured his back in practice two weeks ago, and it appeared as if he might have aggravated it.After a conversation with the trainers, the Ellsworth senior decided there was only one option: to swim through it. He did so and won the 500-yard freestyle for the second straight year.“He was in a lot of discomfort, but Sam is a warrior,” Goodman said. “We kept asking, ‘Are you sure you can do this? Are you OK?’ He kept assuring us that he was, and he beat the guy next to him in the last few yards.”Ellie Clarke brought home three medals for the girls. Clarke finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke. Her third medal came when she joined Miriam Nelson, Caitlin MacPherson and Arianna Peterson on the 400-yard freestyle relay team, which finished eighth. MacPherson won her final heat and finished seventh in the 500 free.Even as Goodman packed the last of his things, he didn’t let go of the sportsmanship banner. He kept it in his right hand and carried it with him as he left the pool deck. His team had accomplished a lot, but that blue banner meant the most.“Above all else, I care about the upstanding people they’re going to become,” he said. “The fact that the coaches from all over the state voted our team as the best in both meets tells me they’re on their way.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more