“It was a very good weekend and within an eyelash of being an even better one,” reflected Jeff Wren, swimming coach at Husson University, evaluating the Eagles’ performance at New England’s last weekend.
The Eagles established 10 school records including records in all relays and in the 50 butterfly, 50 breaststroke as well as the 100 and 200 backstroke.
“We went into New Englands with the notion that if we could duplicate last year’s efforts where everyone was doing something they’ve never done before we would be happy with the outcome. This year’s met and exceeded my best expectations,” Wren said.
“Within an eyelash” were the narrow misses of the 200 free and 200 medley relays qualifying for finals. Nevertheless, the 200 medley relay lowered the school record by three seconds.
In Wren’s second year at Husson, six Eagle swimmers, four of whom qualified, competed at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championship. Two additional swimmers were added to the New England roster to fill out relay spots. And, all six were involved in the record performances.
Amanda Mason’s swims in the 100 back (1:06.7) and 200 back (2:21) were records. Erin Doucette of Brewer achieved her season-long goal of setting a new standard in the 50 fly (28.3) and was the only swimmer in the three days of racing to win a final or consolation from an outside lane when she won the the consolations of the 100 individual medley.
Husson’s Meg Call of Levant also set a mark in the 50 breaststroke (36.0). And, Wren acknowledged the relays performances of Chlesea Michaud and Renee Dufrense Dixon.
“They did a great job as relay swimmers,” he said.
Kaitlyn Theriault, who had qualified for the meet, scratched from some individual events due a health issue, but she was able to contribute to the Eagle’s relay success.
Thomas strong for Penn State
At the Big Ten Championship last weekend, Penn State’s Erin Thomas, who graduated from Bangor High, helped her team to a seventh-place finish. Indiana University won the title. Thomas led off the Nittany Lions, eighth place 400 free relay (3:21.2) with a 50.5 split. She finished 16th in the 100 free (50.7) and swam a 1:49.1 200 free, dropping three seconds from her entry time.
Colby sets longtime Colby record
Meanwhile, at the women’s New England Small College Swimming and Diving Championship, Colby’s Mandy Ferguson finished second (10:25.3) in the 1000 freestyle. Ferguson’s time broke the longest held record at Colby of 22 years.
The previous record was held by Sally White. This reporter had the pleasure of coaching White during her first year competing for the White Mules.
Williams won the NESCAC championship for the 10th consecutive year, winning by the largest margin, 578 points, in the meet’s history.
• Area interscholastic swimmers and divers will compete Saturday at the University of New Hampshire against interscholastic swimmers and divers from Rhode Island and New Hampshire at the New England Interscholastic Championships.
The meet format, unlike the Maine state meets, will be swum as timed finals. Swimmers must compete in the events in which they raced at their state meets.
Bangor’s diving team is entered along with swimmers from Brewer, Foxcroft Academy, and Mount Desert.
The meet director is Scott Morrison, a Maine swimming official while the meet and diving referee is experienced Maine official Chris Branch.
• In a report following Bangor’s state meet victory, Bangor’s Joey Quinn was identified as the anchor swimmer on the medley relay. Actually, Quinn was the anchor swimmer on the 200 free relay and Ihan Cameron anchored the 200 medley. Coach Phil Emery has been associated with 25 state championships won by Bangor, 24 titles as a coach and one as a swimmer, not 25 as a coach as earlier noted.