May 25, 2018
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Relays highlight of UMaine women’s swim program

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine women swimmers continue to impress the Black Bear coach with their racing as they prepare for this week’s meet at Vermont.

“The one thing we are really happy with is the swimming of our relays, 200 free and 200 medley,” Lizzotte said.

“I think the swimmers in the relays are determined. They go up there ready to swim and confident they are going to swim well. There is excitement on the part of the other team members to watch the relay’s race.”

The 200 free relay of Naja Harvey, Jen Trodden, Lauren Dwyer and Emily Buczowski recorded a 1:38 clocking in last week’s competition, the second 1:38 of the season. Lizzotte noted that two 1:38 clockings prior to championship season have been uncommon in the history of the accomplished Black Bear women’s program.

Maine’s training emphasis on developing quickness at the 50-yard distances has also contributed to the development of the 200 medley relay.The medley has swum a speedy 1:49 with the first two legs (back and breast) coming from frosh Buczowski and Harvey. Sophomore Erica Smrcina swims the fly and Lauren Dwyer, another sophomore, anchors. Vermont, Lizzotte expects, will challenge Maine with quality racers in all events.

“There are going to be good races. They have a top line and depth. Both teams are solid in a six-lane pool racing three across,” Lizzotte remarked.

Diver Kara Capossela continues to excel in the 1- and 3-meter diving for Maine. At Boston College last week, the sophomore finished first in the 10-diver field.

While the Maine men are off this weekend, Lizzotte noted the swims of Yuri Chornobil (9:56, 1,000 free) and Brent Williams in the 1,000 (10:16) against a talented Boston University team last week.

Chornobil’s time was a regular-season best for the New York junior and Williams’ was a 14-second drop from a 1,000 earlier this year.


In Indiana University’s loss to the Texas Longhorns, Bath’s James Well finished 49.4 in the 100 backstroke and 50.8 in the 100 butterfly. Wells’ 48.7 100 backstroke swum earlier in the season is the eighth-fastest time in NCAA Division I this year.

Erin Thomas of Bangor collected two second-place finishes (1:52 200 free and 52.4 100 free) in Penn State’s recent win over Georgia Tech.

Husson will host the University of New England Saturday in a dual meet. Coach Babin’s Eagles opened last week with a loss against St. Joseph’s College. Captain Meg Call collected a win for the Eagles in the 50 breaststroke (36.8).

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