Maine spirited, confident in meet

Posted Nov. 05, 2009, at 11:53 p.m.

“We are having fun. The team is staying together, showing a lot of spirit and swimming confidently.”

That was the analysis of University of Maine interim swimming coach Susan Lizzotte, whose Black Bears travel to Stony Brook (N.Y.) to race the Seawolves on Saturday.

“There are going to be some great races this weekend. Like URI, the meets will be very competitive,” Lizzotte added.

The Rhode Island teams defeated UMaine last weekend. The Seawolves have lost to the men from Army, Boston College, and Massachusetts in their opening meets of the season while the women have lost to Army, Boston College and Vermont.

Lizzotte praised the attentiveness of her team to race detail against URI.

“We fixed a lot of things from the week before. Everyone displayed improvement in some aspect of their race,” she said.

Meagan Fisher swam “very smart and very strong” races in the 100 and 200 butterfly against URI, Lizzotte said. Fisher slid under the minute mark in the 100 fly and hit 2 minutes, 11 seconds in the 200 fly. Frosh swimmers Jen Trodden and Kara Dubiel were impressive in their races, the 200 breaststroke (2:27) and the 200 free (1:57), respectively.

Lizzotte added, “They looked strong and comfortable.”

Meanwhile, Grace Barnett of Bangor continues her speedy early-season swimming.

“Grace is very versatile. With her 5:26 500 free she can help us there,” Lizzotte said.

Like the women, the Maine men were impressive last weekend.

“The men had lots of good swims and swam confidently,” Lizotte said.

Brewer’s Andrew Meehan lowered his 200 free time (1:48) and teammate Drew McKeil’s 200 butterfly was noted by his coach.

Husson shows progress

Husson University swim coach Jeff Wren continues to note the strides being achieved by his young team.

“There was not a single person from last year who was not significantly faster Saturday than a year ago,” Wren said, reflecting on his team’s performance against Saint Joseph’s College of Standish. “The first-year swimmers dropped, in some cases, five seconds in the 100 free. There were many, many two- and three-second drops in time,” he explained.

The Eagles established two school records in their meet against the Monks in the 200-medley relay and in the 50 breaststroke.

The Eagles resume racing Nov. 14.

Splashes

• Senior backstroker Iris Meehan of Bar Harbor and junior diver Emma Chaiken of Bangor have contributed strong performances to the 3-0 start of the Wheaton College team. Wheaton has wins over Roger Williams, Brandeis and WPI.

• Erin Thomas, a sophomore for Penn State, has raced the 200 freestyle the last two weekends, recording a 1:54.2 against Colgate and West Virginia and then most recently finished in 1:54.4 in the Nittany Lions’ (3-1) loss to Virginia Tech.

• Brunswick’s MaKenna Barley, a breaststroker, has a spot on the Stony Brook roster.

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