Bangor’s Erin Thomas and her Nittany Lion teammates opened the 2011-12 swim season with a win against the West Virginia Mountaineers 137-96 last weekend.
Thomas, a senior, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle at 1 minute, 52.7 seconds and scored third in the 100 free at 52.1.
Another Maine interscholastic and age-group swimmer, James Wells of Bath, a sophomore at Indiana University, helped the Hoosiers nip the University of Tennessee 151-149 Saturday.
Wells raced an impressive early-season 48.7 in the 100 back for second place, four-tenths out of first.
In Philadelphia, Ellsworth’s Brian Batson, racing for LaSalle University, collected a second place in the 100 yard free (47.9) and a third in the 200 free (1:45.6) in the Explorers loss to Drexel University.
In Durham, N.H., Maine native Jared Felker has been named an assistant for the swimming University of New Hampshire Wildcat women. Felker, who coached the Westbrook Seals from 2003-11 before being named head coach of the prestigious Seacoast Swim Club in Dover, N.H., participated in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 50 free and 100 fly.
UMAINE STARTS STRONG
“We are very, very pleased. We started off on a good foot with some good swims,” remarked UMaine swim coach Susan Lizzotte on the performance of the men’s and women’s swimmers following last weekend’s racing.
The teams competed in the Husky Invitational hosted by UConn on Saturday and then Sunday, the Maine men dumped Byrant University 135-127 in a dual meet while the women, racing meters, swam in the New England Challenge hosted by the Harvard University women.
This year Lizzotte will recognize a swimmer of the meet for both the men and the women after evaluating the performance of each swimmer following competition. The recipient for last weekend’s men’s racing was Joey Quinn, a sophomore from Bangor, who competed in the 50 (23.0) and the 100 free (50.2)
“The way he looked in and out of the turns, his underwater work, and the way he swam racing in the outside lanes show the progress he has made. He is well ahead of a year ago. In both races, he swam his own race even though he swam from the outside lane,” Lizzotte explained.
Frosh female swimmer Naja Harvey (24.9 50 free) and (1:07 100 breaststroke) received the recognition for her races at the Husky Invitational. Actually, Harvey’s sprint performance
along with the performance of Maine’s 200 free relay, a second-place finisher in the competitive Husky meet, prompted Lizzotte to offer, “I am excited to see us sprinting this well early in the year. This is an area where we wanted to improve over last year.”
On Saturday, the Black Bears host the University of Rhode Island.
“In the women’s meet, we feel like we are solid with three strong swimmers in all events. The URI men have some real front runners. It is the opening meet for URI, so we will load up and swim,” Lizzotte said.
The meet also will include both 1-and 3-meter diving.