In the pool …

Seven Midcoast masters swimmers shine in Jenny Thompson meet

Maine sweeps to victory, Pen Bay, Waldo County pool athletes shine
By Staff | Aug 03, 2017
Front from left, master swimmers Susan Rardin of Camden, Brittany Harrington of Searsport, Emily Cook of Lyman, Mike Hurd of Falmouth, Pieter deHart of Thorndike and Ted Clark of Waterville; and back, Dale Syphers and Bill Jones of Hope.

Dover, N.H. — World records, world championships and a lot of serious swimming is in “Olympic” 50-meter pools. Maine does not have any.

Maine high school swimmers go to St. John, New Brunswick to compete in 50-meters.

Masters swimming discontinued its formal 50-meter championship in 2012.

Since then, the informal New England 50-meter masters championship has been the venerable Jenny Thompson meet, this year swum on Sunday, July 16.

This year, the host Great Bay Masters challenged other teams. In all, 14 teams were represented at the meet, plus Canadian swimmers. Also from outside New England were swimmers from the New York Adirondacks and Ellen Shockro from Arizona, who summers in Hancock County.

When all the points were counted, Maine emerged victorious with 1,196 points to 1,078 for host Great Bay, 716 for the Granite State Penguins, 357 for Connecticut and 283 for Charles River Masters.

Maine’s victory depended heavily on Midcoast masters: five swimmers from Penobscot Bay YMCA — Drew Darling of Camden, Bill Jones of Hope, Ellen O’Donnell of Warren, Doug Roth of Warren and Susan Rardin of Camden — as well as two from the Waldo County YMCA —  Pieter deHart of Thorndike and Brittany Harrington of Searsport.

There were 19 swimmers who represented Maine.

The seven Midcoast swimmers compiled 460 points, as follows:

50 freestyle — Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 34.48, 3rd; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 39.11, 1st.

100 free — Pieter deHart, 35-39 men, 1:00.29, 1st; Drew Darling, 65-69 men, 1:32.81, 2nd; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 1:35.48, 1st.

200 free — Brittany Harrington, 30-34 women, 2:34.42, 1st; Pieter deHart, 35-39 men, 2:13.51,1st; Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 2:58.63, 1st; and Drew Darling, 65-69 men, 3:15.86, 3rd.

50 backstroke — Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 50.26, 2nd; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 54.02, 1st.

100 back — Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 1:47.84, 1st; and Drew Darling, 65-69 men, 1:53.92, 3rd.

200 back — Pieter deHart, 35-39 men, 2:39.03, 1st; Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 3:27.47, 1st; Ellen O’Donnell, 60-64 women, 3:46.53, 1st; Drew Darling, 65-69 men, 4:02.75, 1st; and Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 4:42.01, 1st.

100 breaststroke — Brittany Harrington, 30-34 women, 1:34.76, 1st.

200 breast — Bill Jones, 80-84 men, 5:02.67, 1st.

50 butterfly — Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 51.93, 1st.

100 fly — Brittany Harrington, 30-34 women, 1:25.97, 1st.

200 fly — Brittany Harrington, 30-34 women, 3:08.21, 2nd.

200 individual medley — Pieter deHart, 35-39 men, 2:37.54, 1st; Doug Roth, 55-59 men, 3:34.90, 1st; and Susan Rardin, 65-69 women, 4:24.95, 1st.

400 free relay — Mike Hurd, Ted Clark, Pieter DeHart and Ben Morse, men 160+, 4:59.56, 2nd.

400 medley relay — Doug Routh, Grant Gerber, Tim Lecrone and Caelan Lecrone, men 120+, 5:35.40, 1st; Mike Hurd, Ted Clark, Bill Jones and Pieter deHart, men 200+, 6:06.88, 1st; and Drew Darling, Dale Syphers, Susan Rardin and Brittany Harrington, mixed 200+, 6:41.23. 1st.

Maine’s relays were the margin of victory, Bill Jones said. Metric rules average the age of team members. Thus, Darling, Rardin and Jones pulled their younger relay-mates into the 50+ category — and victory.

Jones said time will tell whether these relays gain national rank. None of them set records, but they did take their places on the Maine all-time list.

The mixed 50+ 400-meter medley relay with Darling, Rardin and Harrington took over third place in Maine. The men’s 30+ version of the same relay with Roth was fifth. The men’s 50+ version with Jones and deHart was sixth. The men’s 40+ 400-meter FR with deHart was fifth.

Individually, Jones broke a New England record in the 100-meter free, as well as Maine records in the 50- and 100-meter frees and the 50 and 200-meter backs, to bring his total of 80+ New England 50-meter records to six and of Maine records to 12 of the 17.

Bill Jones of Hope contributed most of this story.

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Maine Masters 200+ 400-meter medley relay. Susan Rardin, 67, finishes breaststroke leg as Brittany Harrington, 34, starts the butterfly leg. Drew Darling, 65, backstroke swimmer, and Dale Syphers, 61, anchor as the free swimmer, watch.
Maine Masters 200+ men’s 400-meter medley relay. Bill Jones, 80, finishes the butterfly leg as Pieter DeHart, 39, starts the anchor free leg. Mike Hurd, 49, backstroke swimmer, and Ted Clark, 32, breaststroke swimmer, watch. Maine master Emily Cook observes.
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