Waldo County YMCA swimming

New England champion Littlefield, Bluefish excel in prestigious meets

Littlefield, Hoffman, Hicock, Emerson, Payson set team age-group records
By Ken Waltz | Apr 03, 2019
Courtesy of: Betsy Bradley Waldo County YMCA Bluefish, from left, Lincoln Graf, Brigham Graf, Thomas Bradely, coach Aaron Cross and Kayla Payson.

Belfast — A talented group of Waldo County YMCA Bluefish swimmers turned the tables March 21-24 when they went trolling — and catching — for top places, personal-best times, record-setting efforts and, in the case of one especially fast pool athlete, two New England championship performances.

A handful of Bluefish competed in the New England YMCA Swimming Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 in Zesiger Aquatics Pool at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., while others competed in the MESI Winter Championships Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24 in the Wallace Pool at the University of Maine in Orono.

Five Bluefish earned team records and one swimmer — Maeve Littlefield — became a rare two-event individual New England champion. She also set three team Bluefish age-group records.

Kelley Littlefield, Bluefish assistant coach, said a group of Waldo County swimmers continued to train after the YMCA state championship meet for another three weeks in preparation for a second round of championships.

"The athletes did a fabulous job," the coach said.

Both prestigious meets were in yard pools as opposed to meter venues.

Maeve Littlefield, Gabby Hoffman, Danielle Hicock, Avery Emerson and Kayla Payson set Bluefish age-group standards in the meets.

In the New England championships, the Bluefish had six swimmers compete, including Maeve Littlefield, Hicock, Hoffman and Emerson for 11-12 girls, Adam Tomalty for 11-12 boys and Fletcher Marriner for 15-18 boys.

Maeve Littlefield turned in remarkable performances as she finished first in the 50 butterfly in 28.39 (New England champion and Bluefish age-group record), first in the 50 freestyle in 26.07 (New England champion, Bluefish age-group record) and 15th in the 50 yard breaststroke (36.76).

Hicock finished 49th in the 50 fly (34.85) and 27th in the 100 free (1:04.34), while the 200 free relay team of Hoffman, Hicock, Emerson and Maeve Littlefield placed 16th in the 200 free relay (1:56.18, Bluefish age-group record).

For the boys, Tomalty finished 51st in the 50 fly (35.01), 49th in the 50 free (29.96) and 47th in the 50 breast (42.13), while Fletcher Marriner was 21st in the 200 free (1:54.52), 23rd in the 100 fly (59.42) and 13th in the 500 free (5:12.07).

In the MESI Winter Championships, six Bluefish made a splash, including Greta Graf for the 10-and-under girls, Matthew Levesque for 11-12 boys, Brigham Graf and Thomas Bradley for 13-14 boys, Lincoln Graf for senior boys and Kayla Payson for senior girls.

Greta Graf finished seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:23.50), 15th in the 50 free (34.61), 13th in the 50 back (40.00) and 12th in the 100 free (1:14.52).

Levesque finished 14th in the 100 back (1:17.12), 17th in the 50 free (30.16), eighth in the 500 free (6:25.71), 16th in the 100 individual medley (1:19.60), 15th in the 50 back (35.81), 16th in the 200 free (2:24.99) and eighth in the 200 back (2:39.26).

Brigham Graf finished seventh in the 200 free (2:01.41), seventh in the 100 fly (1:02.55),  sixth in the 50 free (25.00), seventh in the 100 back (1:03.24), fifth in the  100 free (53.75) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:22.05).

Bradley finished 10th in the 100 breast (1:15.10), 16th in the 200 free (2:09.58), seventh in the 50 freestyle (25.12), ninth in the 200 breast (2:48.06), 11th in the 500 free (5:45.98) and 14th in the 100 free (56.63).

Lincoln Graf finished 27th in the 100 back (1:01.11), 28th in the 500 free (5:30.40), 20th in the 200 back (2:14.24) and 28th in the 200 IM (2:17.85).

Kayla Payson finished 21st in the 200 free (2:06.42), eighth in the 100 fly (1:01.30), sixth in the 200 fly (2:21.57), 24th in the 100 back (1:04.64), 14th in the 100 free (56.81, Bluefish age-group record) and 25th in the 200 IM (2:25.65).

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Waldo County YMCA Bluefish Maeve Littlefield. (Courtesy of: Kelley Littlefield)
Waldo County YMCA Bluefish, from left, Avery Emerson. Maeve Littlefield, Gabby Hoffman and Danielle Hicock. (Courtesy of: Kelley Littlefield)
Waldo County YMCA Bluefish Adam Tomalty. (Courtesy of: Kelley Littlefield)
Waldo County YMCA Bluefish Adam Tomalty. (Courtesy of: Kelley Littlefield)
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