PVC swimmers, divers among best in state

Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.

Penobscot Valley Conference swimmers have set the pace in Maine interscholastic early- season racing in several events.

Ellsworth’s Brian Batson, a senior, has recorded the state’s fastest times in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 2 seconds) and the 500 free (4:53) while Mount Desert Island’s Ian Carbone, a junior, owns the fastest 100 breaststroke (1:00.6), according to Ritchie Palmer, swimming and diving statistician for the Maine Principals’ Association.

Meanwhile, Palmer confirmed that Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon has the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.6 and Chelsey Curran of MDI has the fastest 100 backstroke at 1:01.5.

In diving, Orono’s Kirby Kelly has totaled 213.30 points for six dives to lead all divers regardless of class. For the girls, Amber Resmini of Belfast has scored higher than 190 points in both of her six-dive competitions with a high of 196.15 to lead all female divers.

Palmer, in his role as statistician for MPA swimming and diving, receives results from all dual and invitational meets and maintains a database of times for all swimmers and of points for divers. His database also will be used to validate entry times for the Class A and Class B state meets.

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- Bangor native Kevin Wright, now in his 17th year as diving coach at Texas A&M, continues to attract national and international divers to College Station. Jaele Patrick, a second-place diver in last year’s Australian Nationals, has joined Aggie diving. Currently, Texas A&M swimming and diving is ranked eighth in the national polls.

- Ray Sarri, winner of nine NCAA titles between 1964-66 and a member of the 1964 Olympic 800 free relay with Stephen Clark, Gary IIman and Donald Schollander, died recently. Peter Daland, former coach at the University of Southern California and recognized internationally for his coaching talents, described Sarri as “the greatest swimmer of his time.”

- Test your knowledge of Maine swimming annals…

Which Maine city is the home of two former world record holders in swimming?

Portland.

Ian Crocker, Olympic medalist and former 100 butterfly world record holder, swam for a Portland age-group team, while Richard Lucas, a 1950 Portland High graduate, set a world record in the 50 backstroke at 26.1 in 1950.

- Auburn University, one of the elite programs in collegiate swimming, has named interim coaches for the men’s and women’s teams following the announcement that coach Richard Quick has a brain tumor. Quick, a six-time Olympic coach and former coach at Stanford and Texas where he won a total of 12 national titles, was named Auburn coach in 2007, his second tenure as coach at Auburn. In 2008, Quick’s Tigers set an NCAA record in the 200 medley relay and Tiger sprinter Cesa Cielo set a record of 18.47 in the 50 free and 40.92 in the 100 free.

- The Brandeis University men’s swimming and diving team is captained by Michael Rubin, a graduate of Bangor High School. Rubin swims freestyle and individual medley for the Brandeis team, which presently is 3-3 in dual meets.

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