The creative phrases on the backs of team tee-shirts are almost as priceless as the hard-working youngsters, from the new to swimming to the "veteran" teenagers with hundreds of laps under their belts, all of which are so much a part of the Waldo County YMCA Bluefish youth swim program tradition.

The Bluefish, who dive into action each October and splash through to March, have been in the pool for a few weeks and hosted another regular-season meet on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Tom and Sally Savage Pool Complex.

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Most of the Bluefish swimmers wear blue caps, t-shirts and swimsuits, with a few coaches and others wearing shirts that include drawings and their unique take on a phrase from the Dr. Seuss book: "One fish, two fish, red fish, bluefish."

The Bluefish on these particular t-shirts is somewhat menacing, as are the always competitive, but sportsmanship-driven, performances from the young Bluefish.

The Bluefish are led by head coach Aaron Winslow ans assistant coaches Eryn Thostenson, Brett Steele and Kelley Littlefield.

According to the Waldo Count YMCA website, the Bluefish "believe the values and skills learned in the pool transfer into great life lessons and build strong kids. Each swimmer learns, grows, and thrives by developing new skills, friendships, and self-confidence."

The Bluefish are a YMCA youth swim team that consists of about 100 swimmers — more or less year to year — from all over Waldo County and surrounding communities.

"Our swimmers develop self-confidence, self-discipline and self-respect by working hard, having fun and living by the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility," the website states.

The Bluefish are a competitive swim team for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. The team will have two road meets in December, as well as a road meet and two home meets in January. There are other scheduled meets for the Bluefish through the state championships on Friday through Sunday, March 1-3 at the University of Maine in Orono.

There also are Bluefish swimmers who compete in separate USS meets.