ORONO, Maine — University of Maine sophomore diver Kara Caposella, after her victories in both the 1- and 3-meter events Saturday at the University of Vermont, received America East Diver of the Week honors.
A year ago, Caposella also earned America East recognition as Diver of the Week. The Connecticut native finished among the leaders in the finals at the 2010-11 America East Championships.
While the Black Bear women lost to Vermont, coach Susan Lizzotte’s UMaine sprinters continued their impressive relay swimming, highlighted by a Vermont pool record in the 200-yard free relay of 1:39. Naja Harvey (25.0), Jen Trodden (24.3), Lauren Dwyer (24.3) and Emily Buczkwski (24.6) made up the relay.
UVM has won six consecutive dual-meet competitions against the Black Bears.
Black Bear senior Brian Landry holds the third spot in the America East Conference men’s rankings in the 200 breaststroke with his 2:11.5 swim from earlier this season.
PSU’s Switzer in 21st year
Former University of Maine men’s coach Alan Switzer opens his 21st season as coach at Plymouth State University this weekend when PSU opens the dual-meet season. Switzer, who during his 19 years at UMaine coached the Black Bear men to two New England titles, coaches both diving and swimming at PSU. His teams are 106-87 in dual meets.
Carbone, Batson sharp
Mount Desert’s Ian Carbone and his Texas Longhorns teammates defeated Southern Methodist University 154-127 in a recent dual meet. Carbone scored a 59.2 in the 100 breaststroke, a 1:59.5 in the 200 individual medley and the second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke field at 2:10.8, less than a second off the winning time of 2:09.9.
Meanwhile, Ellsworth’s Brian Batson, swimming for La Salle University, touched in a quick 21.9 50 free and a 48.1 100 free in the Explorers’ racing against Rider College and the University of Delaware. La Salle defeated Rider and lost to the Blue Hens. Batson is one of four swimmers from Maine on the La Salle roster, which includes Kyle Goan of Westbrook and James and Rob Gravel of Scarborough.
Barito is woman of year
The NCAA voted Laura Barito, a swimmer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Arkadelphia, Ark., the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year. Barito, who also competed in track while studying mechanical engineering, received 22 All-American awards during her athletic career at Stevens. Barito is the ninth swimmer to receive the award since its inception in 1991.The award recognizes academic and athletic achievement, leadership and community service.
Trafton is Colby tri-captain
Former John Bapst Memorial High swimmer Ryan Trafton, a butterflyer, is tri-captain of this year’s Colby Mules of Waterville. The dual-meet season for Trafton and his teammates begins Saturday against Amherst (Massachusetts).