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Waldo County YMCA Bluefish dash to water success

Plenty of early-season home meets for young swimmers
By Ken Waltz | Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Waldo County YMCA Bluefish swimmer Ryleigh McFadden during a Dec. 7 meet.

Belfast — The Waldo County YMCA Bluefish have enjoyed a splashing good time thus far this winter.

The Bluefish, a youth swimming program, hosted meets Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 and will host another event on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Bluefish will return home, in the Tom and Sally Savage Pool Complex, for meets Jan. 4 and Feb. 1. Most meets begin at 1 p.m.

The Bluefish have about 150 swimmers, ages 6-19, said Erin Mank, aquatics director at the Waldo County YMCA.

The following are photos from the Dec. 7 meet.

Click for photos from the Dec. 7 meet.

The team is led by head coach Aaron Winslow and assistant coaches Susan Cooney, Brett Steele and Betsy Bradley.

The team, broken into age division, includes:

8 and younger — Dana Anderson, Sophia Birocco, Kassie Brown, Iris Carpenter, Tanner Carson, Cole Castro, Emma Cullen Yost, Ada Curry, Esme Deschamps, Avery Emerson, Halen Garnier, Jazmine Garnier, Brigham Graf, Phoebe Hall-Arnett, Dakota Harriman, Gabe Hatfield, Aubree Henderson, Kaylee Henderson, Danielle Hicock, Lilly Hughes, Luke Hughes, Jane Irish, Madeline Johnson, Abby Kormann, Marley Kormann, Drew Kulbe, Romy Lafage, Bella Lantigua, Amelia Lepow, Jacob Lindelof, Jett Lindelof, Maeve Littlefield, Finley Marriner, Liam O'Malia, Jaiden Philbrook, Will Robbins, Alec Rolfe, Willow Shantar, Ella Small, Adam Tomalty and Mia Winslow.

9-11 — Greta Ahlefeld, Mckayla Alden, Elliot Anderson, Casey Balicki, Thomas Bradley, Sawyer Carson, Maddie Coates, Ronin Deschamps, Abigail Donnelly, Mary Jane Draper, Alice Dyer, Sarah Fuller, Emma Gaecklein, Chelsea Gaiero, Pia Gibson, Liana Gobin, Lincoln Graf, Grace Hall, Hailey Hall, Abishai Harris, Luca Harris, Malachi Harris, Sena Hayes, Emily Hills, Taylor Lemon, Hailee Lindelof, Lake Lindelof, Grace Littlefield, Ryleigh McFadden, Marissa Mills-Lightner, Margot Nichols, Finnian O'Malia, Graham Peebles, Annaliese Pillitteri, Jeremiah Porter, Nathaniel Porter, Ada Potter, Hope Rankin, Gabrielle Ravin, Lily Robbins, Evan Rolfe, Henry Saggese, Reagan Seekins, Madalin Small, Kerrigan Smith, Olivia Smith, Ari Spillane, Isaias Therio, Magnolia Vinci, Sadie Wheeler, Zackary Woehler, Kendra Wood, Emily Woods and Sarah Wood.

Middle school — Kaylin Adams, Cameron Anderson, Thomas Berube, William Bradley, Declan Brinn, Merrill Caron, Caneel Cheskin, Jillian Clapp, David A. Crabiel, Jack Draper, Miralys Duperry, Bonnie Dyer, Caiden Emerson, Jaim French, Amy Gaiero, Finn Gibson, Luke Hamlin, Rhiana Harris, Olivia Hills, Amaya Hughes, Cali Joseph, Jesse Kulbe, Kiara Lantigua, Olivia LaRoche, Fletcher Marriner, Joseph McFadden, Kristina Mitchell, Brendan Moline, Gary Moline, Paul Nadeau, Tara O'Donovan, Hadley O'Malia, Kayla Payson, Christian Pillitteri, Gabriel Poulin, Rudi Schnetzer, Erica Staples, McKenna Sullivan, Jane Taylor, Paige Taylor, Carole Anne Walker, Rowan Walsh, Kaya Wentworth and Megan Wick.

High school — Renee Adlesperger, Kevin Miller, Kaylen Ottman, Jack Schnetzer, Garrett Smith and Jackson Winslow.

Bluefish Sadie Wheeler dives off block as Emily Hills finishes her part of the relay race in the water. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Jacob Lindlof. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Avery Emerson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Ada Potter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Thomas Bradley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Amy Gaiero. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Cali Joseph. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Brittany Steele. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Hadley O'Malia. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Amaya Hughes. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Sadie Wheeler, left, and Ryleigh McFadden. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Esme Deschamps, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Drew Kulbe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Drew Kulbe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Avery Emerson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Liam O'Mailia. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Ryleigh McFadden, front, and Grace Littlefield. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Dana Anderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Gabe Hatfield. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bluefish Chelsea Gaiero. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.

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