DEFY Dolphins finish second in state meet

Ella Montogomery State Meet

WATERVILLE — A number of local swimmers enjoyed some outstanding performances at the Maine YMCA state championship meet at Colby College over the weekend.

WATERVILLE — A number of local swimmers enjoyed some outstanding performances at the Maine YMCA state championship meet at Colby College over the weekend.

The Down East Family YMCA Dolphins, who sent 92 swimmers ranging from ages 6 through 18 to the meet, wound up with a second-place finish in a very competitive field.

While the Bath YMCA cruised to the team title with 3,968 points over the three-day competition, the DEFY Dolphins wound up edging the MDI YMCA for second place, 2,137.5 points to 2,113.5.

The meet featured 900 swimmers from 12 YMCAs from throughout Maine.

The Down East Family YMCA Dolphins, who sent 92 swimmers ranging from ages 6 through 18 to the meet, wound up with a second-place finish in a very competitive field.

While the Bath YMCA cruised to the team title with 3,968 points over the three-day competition, the DEFY Dolphins wound up edging the MDI YMCA for second place, 2,137.5 points to 2,113.5.

The meet featured 900 swimmers from 12 YMCAs from throughout Maine.

“I was incredibly proud of our athletes,” said Dolphins coach Matt Montgomery, the CEO of the Down East YMCA. “We had many overachievers at the meet this year, kids dropping a lot of times. We knew we had a battle to hold on to second place with MDI on our heels. Our kids rallied, both in the water, and on deck cheering each other on. It was a great weekend.”

Owen Frank, a senior at Ellsworth High who had an outstanding season in the pool for both the Eagles and his YMCA team, was honored as the state’s YMCA Citizen of the Year for his athletic and academic pursuits, along with his contributions to the community.

In the pool, the Dolphins enjoyed multitudes of championship performances, with three relay titles and six individual victories, including three of the record-setting variety.

Ella Montgomery, Ann-Katherine Burns and Gabby Rentosa went on to set new team records in their events.

Montgomery would post a winning effort in the 100 backstroke at 57.66 seconds and Burns a triumph in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.31, and Rentosa in the 50 backstroke at 26.76.

In addition, Rentosa, Burns, Montgomery and Kiera Springer teamed up to post a record-setting performance of 1:47.11 in the 200 medley relay.

Montgomery was one of three Dolphins to win multiple state championships.

In addition to her win in the 100 butterfly, Montgomery touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke in 57.66 seconds.

Charlie Birdsall and Eden Klein, both 14, also earned a pair of gold medals.

Birdsall claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:55.86 and 100 butterfly in 56.36 while Klein was tops in the 200 individual medley (2:08.00) and 100 breastsroke (1:03.24).

The Dolphins’ other individual champs were Burns in the 200 IM (2:17.75), Rafa Rentosa in the 100 free (51.56) and Kaiden Ogden in the 50 backstroke (39.43).

The team’s other winning relays included the 11-12 boys’ 200 medley quartet of Jacob Parker, Elijah Hollenbeck, Ryder Montgomery and Milo Rentosa in 2:06.73 and the 13-14 boys’ 200 medley of Grady Buck, Eden Klein, Birdsall and Rentosa in 1:47.46.

Story courtesy of The Ellsworth American