Former Bangor High swimmer Grace Barnett was presented the Chandler Comeback Award by University of Maine swim coach Susan Lizzotte at the team’s recent end-of-the-year recognition dinner.
Barnett, a sophomore, has displayed consistent improvement in both the freestyle and the butterfly during her two years swimming for the Black Bears. In fact with her improvement, Barnett offers the Black Bears keenly competitive entries in both events, particularly at the 200- and 100-yard distances.
Meanwhile, former Bangor diver Juliet Cobb, who transferred to Maine from the University of Vermont, was named captain of next year’s Black Bear women along with Lauren Thornbrough and Linda Gaudreau. Frosh diver Tim Smith from Bangor received the Miller Diving Award for his outstanding achievements in 2010-11.
Other awards presented by Lizzotte include the Palmer Academic Award: Jeremy Bender and Dana Wright; MVP: Jeremy Bender and Caitlin Shelley; Switzer Dedication: Lauren Thornbrough and Dan MacDonald; Senior Service: Caitlin Shelley; Most Improved: Lauren Duran and Cody LaChance.
As their offseason training enters the final week, the Black Bear swimmers and divers also have been active in the community. Recently, members of the team walked for 14 hours in the Relay for Life raising $700 for the American Cancer society.
And the team has been providing swimming lessons weekly to 154 boys and girls from the Bangor area.
Canoe City goes national
While members of the Old Town swim community discussed with civic leaders the future of the Old Town pool, two members of the Canoe City Swim Club, Cameron Dwyer and Mariah Reading, were racing in the YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dwyer, who swims also for Orono High, competed in the 100 fly (53.9) and the 200 butterfly (1:59.9) as well as the 400 individual medley (4:23.1). Actually, his performances not only were personal records, they also earned him automatic entry into next year’s Y national meet.
Reading also swam impressively finishing 33rd in the field of 170 in the 100-yard butterfly (58.0). She recorded a 2:27.7 in the 200 breaststroke and a 100 breaststroke of 1:08.5.
Feel the challenge
USA Swimming and the U.S. Navy have joined together to challenge USA clubs and swimmers to participate in the Seal Fitness Challenge, mirroring the physical screening test administered to Seal candidates. Seal Fitness is open to USA swimmers 13 years and older.
Participants swim 500 yards, then rest 10 minutes before dropping for their maximum number of pushups. After resting for two minutes, swimmers test for their maximum curl-ups and then rest two minutes prior to completing the pull-up test. The Seal Fitness Challenge concludes with a 1.5-mile run. Performance results are then calculated to the Seal standards and posted on the USA Swimming site.
Husson to host swim camp
Bruce Babin, Husson University and Hurricane Club swim coach, announced Husson will host a swim camp July 11-15 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for swimmers ages 10 and older. Further information can be obtained by contacting Coach Babin at Husson University.
Piscataquis accepting members
Piscataquis Regional YMCA was one of several Maine Y teams where swimmers qualified for not only state competition but for New England and national racing. Swimmers and coaches were recognized at the Y’s swim banquet recently. Program director Andrew Walker continues to accept new members to the Y swim program.
Inquiries should be directed to Walker at the Y in Dover-Foxcroft.