May 21, 2018
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Maine divers strong at league championships

By Joe McLaughlin, BDN Staff


Black Bear divers Tim Smith and Kara Capossela recorded Maine’s highest place finishes in the third day of the America East Championship Saturday at the Germantown Aquatic Center in Maryland. The frosh divers finished fourth in the 3-meter diving.

Other scorers for the Black Bear men included a seventh place in the 100-butterfly (50.7 seconds) from Andy Meehan and an eighth-place touch in the fly from Drew McKeil (51.7). Meehan, also with a 21.9, placed 15th in the 50 free. Captain Jermey Bender finished in 4:05 in the 400 IM to finish 10th and teammate Mike Caposella scored 16th at 4:12. Distance swimmer Yuri Chornobil swam a 4:42 500 free for 12th.

Several Black Bears swam well in the 200 free where Maine was able to place five swimmers. Chornobil’s 1:44.4 finished 11th. Ryan Wonsor at 1:44.7 was 12th followed by Joey Quinn at 1:45.2 for 13th. Frosh swimmer Rob Bickford scored a place behind Quinn at 1:45.7 and senior Dan McDonald raced a 1:45.9 for 15th.

The Maine 200 free relay with Wonsor 21.9, Quinn 21.4, Dan Duval 21.9 and McDonald 21.3 finished fifth at 1:26.6.

In the backstroke, Jimmy Forest swam a 53.2 for 11th and in the breaststroke Brian Landry swam a sub-minute 100 yards at 59.6 for 14th.

For the women, Caitlin Shelley finaled in the 200 IM with a  2:06.7 to place seventh. Teammate Jen Trodden nabbed 13th at 2:07.8. Bangor’s Grace Barnett dropped six seconds from her seed time and finished in 2:14. Barnett also dipped under the minute mark in the fly at 59.6

Shelley also finaled in the breaststroke at 1:05 to nab the women’s highest swim finish with fifth place.

Lauren Thornborough recorded a 4:33.3 400 IM for 13th and a 5:07.5 500 free for 16th.

Backstroker Courtney Mellish swam a 59 to score thirteenth.

Through Saturday’s racing the Maine women are in seventh place and the men in fifth. UMBC leads both meets.



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