Waldman, Green, Butt join swim hall

Posted April 01, 2010, at 9:12 p.m.

The Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame inductees for 2009-10 include Charlie Butt, longtime coach at Bowdoin College, John Waldman, a nationally-ranked and world-ranked breaststroker, and the late Arnie Green, an elite swimmer for the nationally-recognized Portland High teams of the late 1940s and ’50s.

The induction banquet will be held May 1 in Auburn at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Butt coached at Bowdoin College for 39 years, 1961-2000. During his tenure, the Polar Bear men raced to 198 wins, losing 162 meets. The men’s team twice finished fourth at the NCAA Division III nationals.

Butt, a world-ranked squash player, was voted New England Coach of the Year four times and 28 men received All- America honors under his tutelage.

In 1976, Butt, a Springfield College graduate, assumed the coaching duties for the Polar Bear women, a position he held until his retirement. Butt was elected following his retirement to the Bowdoin Hall of Fame.

For two years, Butt also served as a member of Olympic Swim Committee.

Waldman began his swimming with the Bath YMCA before moving to Augusta where he swam for the Kennebec Valley Y. He concluded his YMCA swimming as member of the Boothbay Y team.

A breaststroker, Waldman swam for Bill Wallace at Hebron Academy, earning Prep School All-America honors in 1980. As a college swimmer at Indiana University, Waldman raced for the internationally recognized dean of swimming coaches, the late James “Doc” Counsilman.

From 1983-85, Waldman qualified in both the 200 and 100 breaststroke for the NCAA Division I nationals. In 1983 he was ranked 11th in the world in the 100 breaststroke. He competed at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing ninth in the 100 breaststroke and 19th in the 200 breaststroke.

For 17 years, he held the world record in the master’s short-course 100-meter breaststroke.

Green, who died after competing in the 800-meter free in a 70-74 age group master’s race in 2004, was an All-America swimmer at Portland High. He also was a member of the 1950 Portland High team considered to be the nation’s No. 1 team.

As a swimmer at Yale University, he earned All-America honors. Green was a member of Yale’s 1953 NCAA championship swimming team.

Green continued to compete in swimming races in his adult life, holding a number of master’s records. He also established a national age-group record of 27 minutes, 32 seconds for a 5-mile run in 1982. He combined his swimming and running talents and competed in triathlons.

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