Pool accomplishments …

Jones and friends perform well in recent Masters swim meets

Penobscot Bay, Waldo County YMCA swimmers excel at new Bangor meet
By Staff | Jul 13, 2017
Courtesy of: Mike Hurd From left, Prof. Pieter DeHart of Thorndike, Kerry Black of Belfast, Emily Cook of Lyman and Bill Jones of Hope.

Bangor — Masters swimmer Bill Jones and his pool bretheren and sistren are back at it — namely, earning top places and setting records in recent competitions.

On Sunday, July 9, Jones of Hope competed in the Washington D.C. Department of Recreation & Parks meet. He was the lone Mainer at the competition.

Jones said he enjoyed the Washington pool. He said he is the only age 80-plus to complete a 200-meter butterfly in the United States this year, an amazing accomplishment given his age and difficulty of the event.

Jones' results from Washington included:

100-meter backstroke, 1:58.85 (time not confirmed; set Maine record in Sarasota, Fla.); 50-meter butterfly, 53.69, Maine and New England record; 100-meter butterfly, 2:09.55, Maine, New England and Colonies’ Zone record; 200-meter butterfly, 5:51.52, Maine record; and 200-meter individual medley, 4:26.25, Maine and New England record.

Additionally, Jones and a handful of other Midcoast masters swimmers competed in the first Gary Isherwood Memorial Meet on June 24.

Jones said Isherwood was the John Bapst High School swim coach. A group in the Bangor area started a new masters’ meet in his memory.

Five Penobscot Bay and four Waldo County YMCA swimmers competed in the event and performed exceptionally well, Jones said.

Jones earned a few more records and said Doug Roth "helped me finish the 200 fly by waiting for me at the end of each of the eight lengths."

Jones said he is among a small group of 80-plus survivors and he is making a special effort "to get all the records I can before slowing further. I’ve tried all the 18 yards events now and have 11 of the Maine records, seven of the New England’s and four of the Colonies Zone records (that’s Madawaska to the North Carolina border).

He said he is going after the 35 meters records, "which involves an absurd amount of travel." He has gone to Quebec, Sarasota, Fla. Washington and Dover, N.H. "and then will have a couple more in late summer and fall."

The Midcoast masters results from the June 24 Bangor meet, a yards pool, were:

50 freestyle — Susan Cooney, 45-49 women, 29.87, 1st; Mara Crans, 50-54 women, 31.84, 1st; Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 35.91, 1st; Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 36.86, 1st; and Kerry Black, 65-69 women, 40.25, 2nd.

100 free — Mara Crans, 50-54 women, 1:11.46, 1st; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 1:20.79 1st, Maine and New England record.

200 free — Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 2:24.43, 1st; and Mara Crans, 50-54 women, 2:38.32, 1st.

500y free — Susan Cooney, 45-49 women, 6:20.85, 1st; Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 6:40.29, 1st; Mara Crans, 50-54 women, 7:10.55 1st; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 9:29.25, 1st.

1,000 free — Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 13:42.87, 1st; Mara Crans, 50-54 women, 15:03.45, 1st; Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 17:05.69, 1st; Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 17:45.82, 2nd; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 19:26.48, 1st, Maine record.

50 backstroke — Pieter DeHart, 35-39 men, 29.95, 2nd; Jennie DeHart, 40-44 women, 33.10, 1st; Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 43.01, 1st; and Kerry Black, 65-69 women, 52.41, 1st

100 back — Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 1:33.83, 1st.

200 back — Susan Cooney, 45-49 women, 2:37.81, 1st; and Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 3:20.30, 1st.

50 breaststroke — Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 42.86, 1st; and Kerry Black, 65-69 women, 55.57, 1st.

100 breast — Pieter DeHart, 35-39 men, 1:04.16, 1st; and Jennie DeHart, 40-44 women, 1:14.68, 1st.

50 butterfly — Kerry Black, 65-69 women, 45.73, 1st; Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 45.86, 2nd; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 47.42, 1st.

100 fly — Pieter DeHart, 35-39 men,59.52, 1st; and Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 1:54.63, 1st.

200 fly — Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 4:36.74, 1st; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 4:39.85, 1st.

200 individual medley — Pieter DeHart, 35-39 men, 2:11.69, 1st; Jennie DeHart, 40-44 women, 2:29.90, 1st; and Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 3:40.48, 1st.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 14, 2017 15:43

Kudos to Bill Jones. The celebrated Hope, Maine swimmer. Good Luck for future trials.

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever, here in Arizona sunshine.



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