James Wells, a Maine USA swimming record holder in the 17-18 age group in the 50 free (20.5 seconds), 100 backstroke (47.6) and 200 back (1:49.9) has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for Indiana University, according to his Bath YMCA coach Jay Morrisette.
Wells swims for Morse High of Bath and for the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath YMCA.
Indiana, the elite of college swimming during the 1960s and ’70s under internationally acclaimed coach Doc Councilman, is 1-1 this season with a win against Northwestern and a loss to Texas. In 2005-06, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten Championship. The Hoosiers are coached by Ray Looze.
Cartwright’s teams doing well
Steve Cartwright, an age-group swimmer for the Bangor area Hurricane Swim Club when the club was coached by Tim Babcock, has coached the Georgetown University women to a 4-1 record thus far this season and the Hoya men to a 2-3 mark. Cartwright’s 2008 Georgetown teams set 12 school records in only his second year as head coach at the Washington, D.C., university.
Wright done at Texas A&M
Kevin Wright was relieved of his coaching duties at Texas A&M University by Athletic Director Bill Byrne in October.
Wright, who coached Aggie diving for 17 years, is a native of Bangor and began his diving career as an age-group diver at the Bangor YMCA before gaining All-America honors at Bangor High and accepting a scholarship to Ohio State University where he competed successfully before finishing his career at the University of Maine.
During his 17 years at Texas A&M, Wright coached divers to 46 All-American honors and 28 individual conference titles. Wright was named Big 12 Coach of the Year 12 times. Wright is a 2003 inductee to the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
The Aggies AD did not identify a reason for Wright’s dismissal.
Maine meets set Saturday
The Maine Black Bear swimming and diving teams host Vermont and Keene State Saturday at Wallace Pool in Orono. The women are in a tri-meet with the Catamounts and Keene while the men are in a dual meet against Keene. Diving begins at 10 a.m. and the racing opens at 11.
“We are looking good, but like everyone else we are battling to stay healthy,” Suzie Lizzotte, Maine’s interim head coach said.
Actually, in the men’s meet the Black Bears expect the return of Andrew Meehan and Roy Warren, who did not race last week against Stony Brook due to health and injury problems. Both Meehan and Warren had been “hot” in their early-season races. Lizzotte anticipates their return this weekend to strengthen the Black Bear freestyle events.
The Keene men enter Saturday’s meet 2-0 with victories over WPI and Brandeis. Keene has been led by Doug Morse (4:56, 500 free), (10.01, 1000 free) , (2:02, 200 back) and Domingo Rose (2:18, 200 breaststroke).
“Vermont is strong. They have been for a couple of years. We will line it up against them the best we can. It is a good meet for our women at this time of the season,” said Lizzotte, adding that she expects Keene to race very competitively as well.
Efficient turning and powerful stroke transitions out of the turn have been points of emphasis this week in practice for the Black Bears. Lizzotte expects to see improvement in this area of the teams’ racing this weekend.
Husson to compete against Regis
Coach Jeff Wren’s Husson University Eagles will compete in the Regis Invitational Saturday at Regis in Weston, Mass. After demonstrating considerable improvement last year in nearly all strokes and events evidenced by their record setting swims, the Eagles have continued to improve their performances this season, estab-lishing two school records in their first dual meet of the season earlier this month.