Kenyon College senior Jacob Shanley, a graduate of Old Town High School, continued his fast swimming for the NCAA Div. III national champions at the recent Nike Invitational.
In the meet, Shanley finished third in the 100-yard backstroke (50.8 seconds), third in the 200 back (1:51.2) after dipping under 1:50 in the trials of the 200 back (1:49.9) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (58.2). The meet attracted swimmers from the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Davidson and Carnegie-Mellon.
Following Kenyon’s victory at the Nike Invitational, the team was featured on a National Public Radio sports special, “Only A Game.”
Meanwhile, another local swimmer, Erin Thomas of Bangor, also competed recently for Penn State at the Ohio State Invitational. Fifteen NCAA Div. I teams from across the country competed.
Thomas and the Nittany Lions finished fourth in the competition. Among Thomas’ races were the 100 free (51.9), the 200 free (1:52.3) and the 50 free (24.1).
Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon is also enjoying a strong season as she has added two more records to her first-year resume at Bentley College with her recent 200 individual medley school-record performance of 2:12.9 and her 1:07.4 pool and school 100 breaststroke mark at the Northeast 10 Invitational.
Hodsdon also was a member of the pool record-setting 400 medley relay team for Bentley (4:06). Hodsdon and her teammates finished third in the Northeast Invitational.
• National Federation survey data from the 2008-09 season reports both interscholastic boys and girls swimming ranks among the 10 most popular sports offered in U.S. high schools. According to the data, 6,556 high schools offer boys swimming, enlisting 130,182 participants, while 6,912 girls teams are sponsored attracting 155,878 competitors. The survey documented 42 interscholastic sports offered through the National Federation.
• Swimming for the Maine Masters Club, Mike Ross established a world record at the New England Masters Championship held last weekend in Boston. Ross, a former All-American at Princeton University, set a world mark in the 50-yard backstroke for the 40-44 age group at 25.5 seconds.
• After two weeks of competition, several Penobscot Valley Conference boys swimmers are setting the pace in a number of events. In Class B, seven events are led by PVC swimmers: 200 free: Travis Dennison (Ellsworth, 1:55); 200 IM: Travis Dennison (Ellsworth, 2:11.3); 100 butterfly: Ian Carbone (Mount Desert Island, 58.6); 100 free: Robert Bickford (Old Town, 52.3); 500 free: Maks Grover (Ellsworth, 59.5); 100 back: Ian Carbone (MDI, 59.5); 100 breaststroke: Seth Oldfield (Foxcroft, 1:06.8).
In Class A, Bangor’s Ihan Cameron leads the 50-freestylers at 23.6 while teammate Timmy Smith leads the six diving field.