Shanley helps team win title

Posted March 22, 2010, at 8:40 p.m.

Old Town’s Jacob Shanley, competing in his final NCAA national championship meet as a member of the Kenyon College team, finished seventh in the 200 backstroke as the Lords won the 2010 NCAA Division III title over the weekend at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Actually, Shanley closed swiftly on the final leg of the 200 back, splitting 27.7, the third fastest final leg swum in the finals. The winning time in the 200 back was 1 minute, 46.6 seconds. Shanley finished in 1:49.8.

Shanley also recorded a speedy 1:53.4 in the 200 individual medley to finish 19th in his first event of the 2010 nationals. In addition, Shanley competed last weekend for the defending national champions in the 100 backstroke (51.0) and finished 17th.

The meet featured Kenyon winning all relays and establishing five NCAA records during the four days of racing. At the same meet, Nora Daley, a first -year member of the Middlebury College team and a former Maine high school and age-group swimmer from Scarborough, qualified 14th in the 200 free (1:52.3) trials and then climbed to ninth in the evening’s racing at 1:51.

Kenyon College is in Gambier, Ohio.

Emery working at NCAA meets

Bangor High swim coach Phil Emery worked the 2010 NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving championships meet held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

The meet concluded Saturday evening with Florida winning the title with 382 points to Stanford’s 379.5. Emery now travels to Ohio State University in Columbus for the men’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships where he will work on deck at the meet, which begins Wednesday.

The site, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, generally is regarded as one of the nation’s fastest pools.

Coombs brothers finish strong

Ryan Coombs and Justin Coombs, grandsons of the late John Coombs, a longtime director at the Bangor YMCA and the founder of the Maine YMCA swim league, closed their college swimming careers as members of the Fordham University (N.Y.) team.

Twins Ryan and Justin contributed to their team’s fourth-place finish at the Atlantic 10 championships. Among the championship achievements for the Coombs brothers were Ryan’s 200 butterfly (1:50.1) gold and Justin’s fourth-place finishes in the 200 free (1:40.9) and the 100 free (45.7).

The twins’ father, John “Jock” Coombs, was a standout swimmer for coach Phil Emery at Bangor High School who later competed at Springfield College.

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