Eight adult swimmers from the Penboscot Bay and Waldo County YMCAs in Rockport and Belfast made the annual pilgrimage to the New England US Masters’ championship and among their strong achievements were a prospective national championship and an event that brought the house down.

This year’s New Englands, which took place March 10 and March 16-18, attracted 693 entries, 31 of them from Maine, including five from Pen Bay and three from Waldo County Ys.

Maine Masters placed third of the 34 clubs and 40 squads represented, bested by host Charles River and Rhode Island. Of Maine’s 3,154 points, the eight Midcoast swimmers contributed 800 individual points and were part of relays that scored 234 points.

The events were yards, not meters.

Jennie deHart, 40, and Pieter deHart, 39, of Thorndike could only attend the last days of the four-day meet. Jennie is chief sustainability officer at Unity College and Pieter is dean of the dchool of environmental citizenship.

However, the duo made their short presence count. In three of Jennie’s five individual events, she set Maine and New England records. Her other two events were Maine records. Her 100 breaststroke, for instance, lowered the state record by 18 percent. Most outstanding was her 400 individual medley — the fastest in the U.S. this year. With only two months left in the short-course yards year, it is a good bet to be the 2017-18 national championship.

At 39, Pieter is waiting for his birthday to set records in a new age group. He gained three seconds, third, fourth and sixth. The deHarts also swam three relays, a second, third and a disqualification, plus a fourth relay for Pieter that finished third.

The high point of the meet, though, was the first heat of the women’s 200 butterfly. Not everyone had noticed that something unusual was afoot until the public address system announced that the swimmer was age 84 — 16 years older than the next-oldest swimmer in the event, that being Susan Rardin, 68, of Camden.

Cheering was constant, dying a bit in apprehension as Donna Edelbaum of Union completed each length and paused for some deep breaths, then rising to pandemonium as she would turn and swim back.

The 84-year-old Edelbaum is third of only four American women of her age group to complete this race this year, and she is at the top of her age group, waiting to set the 85-and-older records.

While the 200y butterfly got the attention, Edelbaum's overall performance is more impressive: nine individual New England championships in nine events swum, all nine of which currently are ranked nationally from second (the 400 individual medley) to 10th.

Rardin, fighting illness, swam the second and fourth days of the meet, returning on the fourth just to add points for the team. In the upper year of her age group, she won, garnering winning the New England championship in the 50 and 200 butterfly and placed fourth or better in the rest.

Brittany Harrington, 34, of Searsport, likewise in the last year of her age group, also swam six individuals, garnering the New England championship with her 200 butterfly, seconds in the 100 butterfly, 200 and 400 individual medleys and fourth and sixth in her other events. She was the oldest member of the relay team that set the Maine record for the women’s 25+ 200 freestyle relay.

The Midcoast’s most notable team player was Mara Crans, 51, of Camden, who traveled to Harvard twice to swim all permitted 13 individual events, plus two relays. In her highly-competitive age group, she placed from second to sixth and was seventh highest point winner among the 287 women who scored points.

Bill Jones, 81, of Hope swam 11 individuals, winning them all in his sparse age group, plus two relays. Like Crans, he set no records, failing to match his times last year when he collected seven New England records and 11 state marks. He was sixth highest points winner among the 348 men who scored.

Drew Darling, 64, of Camden made the Massachusetts trip for distance day only, swimming the 1,650 free and placing third. It was revenge for an earlier trip to the Cambridge meet when his shoulders froze just prior to the 1,650 and he had to return to Camden frustrated.

The individual and relay results for Midcoast swimmers, with name, place, time, place and number of swimmers and points accumulated, included:

50 free — Pieter deHart 23.88 4th of 11 13; Mara Crans 51 29.92 5th of 18 12; Susan Rardin 35.74 4th of 7 13; and Bill Jones 37.58 1st of 2 17.

100 free — Mara Crans 1:05.78 6th of 20 11; Susan Rardin 1:26.81 3rd of 4 14; and Bill Jones 1:25.18 1st of 2 17.

200 free — Pieter deHart 1:59.87 2nd of 6 15; Jenny deHart 40 2:07.40 1st of 5 17 Maine record; Mara Crans 2:28.62 4th of 15 13; and Bill Jones 3:22.14 1st of 1 17.

500 free — Pieter deHart 5:32.87 2nd of 5 15; Susan Rardin 8:14.62 2nd of 3 15; Bill Jones 9:53.73 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 84 12:01.12 1st of 1 17.

1,000 free — Mara Crans 13:42.72 4th of 15 13.

1,650 free — Drew Darling 26:58.68 3rd of 3 14.

50 back — Mara Crans 37.31 4th of 10 13; Bill Jones 46.58 1st of 2 17; and Donna Edelbaum 1:05.21 1st of 1 17.

100 back — Mara Crans 1:21.15 6th of 10 11; and Bill Jones 1:42.23 1st of 2 17.

200 back — Pieter deHart 2:17.50 3rd of 6 14; Mara Crams 2:52.82 3rd of 7 14; Bill Jones 3:57.97 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 4:58.31 1st of 1 17.

50 breast — Jenny deHart 32.12 1st of 4 17 Maine & New England record; and Mara Crans 41.14 5th of 13 12.

100 breast — Brittany Harrngton 1:18.03 4th of 15 13; Jennie deHart 1:08.91 1st of 5 17 Maine record; and Mara Crans 1:31.21 3rd of 11 14.

200 breast — Mara Crans 3:13.59 4th of 10 13.

50 fly — Brittany Harrington 32.15 6th of 15 11; Susan Rardin 47.57 1st of 2 17; Bill Jones 47.44 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 1:26.24 1st of 1 17.

100 fly — Brittany Harrington 1:08.56 2nd of 11 15; Bill Jones 1:53.29 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 3:34.63 1st of 1 17.

200 fly — Brittany Harrington 2:35.44 1st of 5 17; Susan Rardin 4:10.12 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 8:35.50 1st of 1 17.

100 IM — Pieter deHart 1:01.19 6th of 12 11; Jennie deHart 1:03.56 1st of 6 17 Maine & New England record; Mara Crans 1:19.74 6th of 18 11; Susan Rardin 1:36.22 3rd of 4 14; and Donna Edelbaum 2:47.26 1st of 1 17.

200 IM — Brittany Harrington 2:28.20 2nd of 12 15; Mara Crans 2:52.52 2nd of 11 15; Bill Jones 3:57.83 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 6:01.60 1st of 1 17.

400 IM — Brittany Harrington 5:16.61 2nd of 9 15; Pieter deHart 4:47.70 2nd of 4 15; Jennie deHart 5:01.84 1st of 3 17 Maine & New England record; Mara Crans 6:19.67 3rd of 6 14; Bill Jones 9:03.27 1st of 1 17; and Donna Edelbaum 12:40.27 1st of 1 17.

200 FR women 25+ — Brittany Harrington, with J. Alcaide, K. Alcaide, Beers Maine record; 1:42.35 1st of 8 34; and men 65+ Bill Jones with Rupert , Pride, Cooke, 2:26.74 2nd of 3 30.

400 FR mixed 25+ — Jennie and Pieter deHart with Stanilova, Kysela, 3:48.30 2nd of 10 30.

200 MR men 35+ — Pieter deHart, with Lecrone, Gillis, Walfried, 1:53.29 3rd of 8 28; and mixed 25+ — Mara Crans, with Trainor, Courbron, T. Clark , 2:07.51 5th of 11 24

400 MR mixed 18+ — Mara Crans, with Redman, Gillis, Trainor, 5:23.28 4th of 4 26; Jennie and Pieter deHart with Stanilova, Kysela 4:13.01 3rd of 6 28; and men 65+ Bill Jones with Rupert, Cooke, Northup, 6:01.89 1st of 2 34.

Bill Jones of Hope contributed to this story.

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