“Every girl swam multiple best times. They swam really well. The whole meet was very positive,” said Husson University’s interim swim coach Bruce Babin, evaluating his team’s performance at last weekend’s Regis Invitational in Boston where the Eagles finished sixth in the six -team field.
At Regis the young Eagles added another New England qualifier to their New England championship meet roster when former John Bapst swimmer Megan Call achieved the time standard in the breaststroke. Call joins Amanda Mason, a multiple event qualifier, Hali Fleishman, a freestyle qualifier, and Olivia Grazak from Germany, who, like Call met the time cut in the breaststroke, as Eagle swimmers who have earned a roster spot for February’s championship meet. In fact, Mason currently is ranked among the leaders in the New England division in the 100- yard backstroke.
“I could not be more pleased. The team’s attitude is good. We have been focused on team building. They support one another very well on deck and during the meets. There is a lot of energy,” Babin noted.
Saturday the Eagles race a strong University of New England team in Biddeford.
Chaiken wins two events
Bangor’s Emma Chaiken, a junior diver at Wheaton (Mass.) College, won both diving events, 1- and 3-meter, recently in her team’s meet against the United States Coast Guard Academy and New York University Saturday. In the 1 meter, Chaiken totaled 199 points and in the 3 meter she totaled 186 points. Meanwhile, Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon continued her early season success, collecting a first place in the 100 butterfly (1:02.3) in Bentley’s win over Gordon College.
Mainers on No. 1 teams
Three Maine swimmers are competing for nationally ranked NCAA Division I teams. Bangor’s Erin Thomas and her Penn State teammates are ranked 30th in the nation. Indiana University, where Morse’s James Wells competes, ranks 10th in the latest poll and Mount Desert Island’s Ian Carbone is a member of the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns.
USA Swimming fires Schubert
United States national team head coach Mark Schubert was relieved of his duties earlier this month by NCAA swimming executive director Charlie Wiegus, according to a release from USA Swimming. No explanation was given for Schubert’s release.
Schubert has been replaced by Jim Wood, president of USA Swimming and head coach of New Jersey’s Berkeley Aquatics. Schubert, a six-time Olympic coach and a former college coach at Texas and the University of Southern California, was a 1997 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He founded the Mission Viejo Swim Club and developed the club into one of America’s elite programs.
Among Schubert’s swimmers who have excelled at the national and international level are Janet Evans, Shirley Babshoff, Brian Goodell and Sippy Woodhead. In preparing the U.S. national team for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Schubert stated his goal was “to win all the gold medals.”
Coaches and swimmers from USA Swimming have initiated a petition calling for Schubert to be reinstated.