BASS HARBOR – The sight of the ferry pulling into the Bass Harbor terminal is nothing new for Sage Dentremont.
Growing up, Sage made the journey many times from Swan’s Island to the mainland in order to swim at the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth.
As a swimmer for Mount Desert Island High School, the length of Sage’s commute became a running joke.
“Some people were like, ‘What do you do, swim home? What do you do, swim to school if the boat doesn’t run?’ So, I thought, ‘What if I actually could? What if I swam that distance? That would be really cool,’” said Dentremont.
On Tuesday, Dentremont swam the six mile ferry route from Swan’s Island to Bass Harbor through 51 degree water and a steady southwesterly breeze. Her goal? To make it across and raise money for kids on Swan’s Island to having swimming lessons at the same YMCA where she learned growing up.
A crowd of roughly 40 people gathered at the ferry terminal on Swan’s Island to see her off. When she completed the swim approximately four hours later, her spirits remained high.
“I’ve been training for this for months, and now that I’m finally here I’m like, “Hey, that wasn’t so bad!” said Dentremont.
Between ferry tickets and a long commute, it is difficult for many kids on the island to find the opportunity to learn how to swim. That is where Sage came in. Through her “Swim for Swan’s Island,” she hopes to give back to the community where she grew up.
“The people there have been really, really accepting to us. We thought we could give back to them—reciprocity,” said Howard Dentremont, Sage’s dad.
While Sage swam to give back, the community had hers.
“That’s typical Islander…like all of a sudden, they hear about a thing and they’re like, “Alright, let’s go,” said Sage.
“The support, I’ve been kind of choked up a lot most of this day…it does mean a lot to us, a heck of a lot,” said Howard.
As of Tuesday evening, Sage has raised over $7,000 in her effort to support youth swimming lesson for Swan’s Island kids.
To donate, you can visit Sage’s GoFundMe page here.