I have said it repeatedly, character counts and it's more important how you compete than the results of your competition. It would appear that the Maine State YMCA agrees, and they have honored MDI High School's Lydia DaCorte with their Maine State YMCA Citizen Award on Friday, March 3rd.

From the MDI YMCA Sharks Facebook Page

This award..."is presented annually at the State Championship Meet to the young woman and man who best exemplify the ideal of YMCA competitive swimming and the characteristics of true YMCA participation. This is NOT a high point award, but rather a tribute to two young YMCA athletes who stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack by virtue of attitude, team spirit, and dedication to their team, community, and YMCA. Strong consideration is given to an athlete who provides encouragement, inspiration, and guidance to those whose lives they touch."

Lydia started swimming for the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks at age 6 and will continue her education and swimming at Wheaton College this fall. Her nomination states..."her swimmming on the island will be remembered but she will also have left a hole to fill with the number of activities she did out of the water...Lydia has always been available to help out with swim practice whenever needed and assist with numerous events as a member of the MDI YMCA Board of Directors...she is the athletic rep for Maine Swimming, a volunteer with her church and the SPCA (her favorite charity) and also a multiple record holder for the MDI High School and MDI YMCA."