Maine swimmers focus on relays entering weekend meet

Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 8:42 p.m.

Coach Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine swimmers and divers open their December competition Friday at the University of Rhode Island Invitational. Bryant University, Providence College, the College of Holy Cross, Assumption College, and the University of Rhode Island will compete in the meet that continues through Saturday.

“We lined it up as strongly as we could. We lined people in their best events and focused on our relays. There has been a strategy to the development of our relays [freestyle and medley],” Lizzotte said.

The Black Bears return to racing after a 10-day training in 25 meters.

“Our swimmers enjoyed it. I think it provided a spark for some in their training,” Lizzotte said. “The extra two strokes a length in training 25 meters makes a difference, particularly in the butterfly and in the breaststroke.”

Those on the Maine roster from Canada train in meters when they return to Canada, so, as Lizzotte mentioned, the shift to meters was comfortable for them. Actually, their transition has been to understanding swimming yards.

“They are used to racing 400 meters, not 500 yards. The races are different,” Lizzotte noted, explaining that differences in training and competing in meters include stroke counts and rhythm, training intervals, and pacing.

In Friday’s meet, freshman Eric Gaulin will make his debut in the Maine lineup. The sprinter and flyer from Belfast has displayed impressive speed in practice.

“The kids are excited to see Eric race. His strokes are graceful and he looks good in the water,” Lizzotte said.

Masters swimming beneficial

For adults looking to initiate a fitness regiment or for those currently active in a fitness program but, who are exploring cross training options, consider U.S. Masters Swimming.

Currently, according to U.S. Masters, there are 50,000 registered masters swimmers in America, some of whom train with one of the 700 local masters clubs in America.

On Dec. 9-11, Boston University will host the New England Masters short-course meet. Information on masters swimming is available at the Maine Masters website. Regardless if a swimmer elects to compete in one of the masters meets available in Maine or New England this winter, the health benefits of regular swimming in the adult years are well documented.

Husson swimmers at Simmons

Coach Bruce Babin’s Husson University Eagle swimmers travel to Boston this weekend to swim in a Greater Northeast Athletic Conference meet at Simmons College.

The Eagles are 0-2 in dual-meet racing this season.

Two former Brewer swimmers, sophomore Haley Fleishman, freshman Patience Wilson, along with former Brewer diver Martina Bosse, have been contributors to Babin’s young team.

The Eagles are captained by junior Meg Call, who swam at John Bapst, and Bethany Beaulier of Anson.

Reading, Russell honored

Mariah Reading, a member of the Canoe City Swim Club of Old Town, was one of two female Maine swimmers to earn USA-S All American Scholastic recognition.

To earn the distinction a swimmer maintains a minimum 3.5 grade point average and achieves the required time standard in at least one event.

The other Maine female swimmer recognized, Jessica Russell, swims for the Long Reach Swim Club in Bath.

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