June 20, 2018
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Messalonskee relay team earns New England gold

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

Among Maine interscholastic teams competing successfully at the New England interscholastic meet last week at the University of New Hampshire was the female 200-medley relay team from Messalonskee in Oakland

The Eagles won the gold in the medley with a time of 1 minute, 54.3 seconds. Another central Maine swimmer, Waterville’s Mody Gad, won the gold in the 200 free at 1:46.5.

Gad, who races for coach Bob Johnson’s Purple Panthers, also picked up first place in the 100 free at 49.3.

Mainers head to national meet

Area swimmers competing in last week’s Maine YMCA State Championships held at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool qualified for the YMCA Nationals to be held at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in April.

Qualifiers included Josh Williams (100 back-55.1 Bangor Y), Chelsey Curran (100 back-1:00.6 Downeast Y), Moriah Reading ( 100 butterfly-59 Canoe City Swim Club), Emma Waddell (50 free-25.1 Bangor Y) and Hannah Homans (50 free-25.1 and the 100 back-59.8 Penobscot Bay Y).

National record set

One national high school record has been set during the 2010-11 interscholastic season. The girls’ 200 medley relay team from Carmel High, Indiana, established a national mark at 1:41.4. And, in Maryland last weekend, Elizabeth Pelton raced an American record in the 200-yard back. (1:49.1). The previous record belonged to Natalie Coughlin (1:49.5) set in 2002.

Wells, IU second in Big Ten

Bath native James Wells and his Indiana Hoosier teammates finished second in this year’s Big Ten Championships behind champion Michigan. Are there more Big Ten swim titles in Ann Arbor or in Bloomington?

The late Doc Counsilman, regarded as the master of all swim coaches, guided the Hoosiers to 23 titles during his tenure at IU. Since IU’s last title under Counsilman, the Hoosiers have won four titles.

However, Michigan’s recent win was the school’s 35th Big Ten swim title, first under third-year coach Mike Bottom, who earned his first Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Phelps records five wins

In national racing a week ago at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, two of America’s and, actually, the world’s speediest, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, matched up in the 200 meter individual medley. Phelps, who collected five wins in the three-day meet, swam away from the Lochte and the field on the 50-meter freestyle leg to best the Floridian 1:56.8 to 1:59.8.

Phelps’ five wins at the Grand Prix represented the fastest times swum in the world this year.

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