Saturday, October 27, opened the YMCA’s swim season with the “Spooktacular” swim meet held at the Penobscot Bay YMCA, in Rockport. Bolstered by new coaches filled with passion and high hopes, the Alfond Youth Center’s Mid-Maine Dolphins Swim Club flew off the starting blocks and into the water.
The Dolphins held a commanding presence with first place finishes in multiple individual events; including athletes: Jadyn Arnold (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Ebba Heaton-Jones (50 and 100 freestyle), Emma Farnham (100 backstroke), Leah Shoulta (100 backstroke), Edmond Couture (100 freestyle), Eric Booth (200 IM), and many more. Over half the team was within seconds of beating their personal best event times and a handful of swimmers succeeded in surpassing their previous bests. The team’s goal is to use this early momentum to rush toward the head of the pack this swim season. With the coaches’ teaching methods based on “Positive reinforcement and fun,” the club swimmers are ready to achieve that goal.
The Mid-Maine Dolphins are led by the coaching trio of new head coach Kyle Bauer, returning associate head coach Sara Rushton and new assistant coach Colin Vidas. The Mid-Maine Dolphins are still hosting tryouts; please contact the Alfond Youth Center (126 North St., Waterville, ME) at 207-873-0684 and visit online at www.clubayc.org to setup a time to meet with the MMD coaches.
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