May 20, 2018
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UMaine swimmers prepare for training trip in Florida

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

UMaine swim coach Susan Lizzotte continues to stretch the Black Bears’ training threshold. “They are training so much harder and training longer sets. They are performing and doing everything right. In so many areas, I am pleased,” Lizzotte said as she planned for the Black Bears’ coming training trip during semester break.

During the first semester, Lizzotte emphasized ”focus sets” in practice. A focus set, for example, 8-by-200 individual medley with a rest interval, requires the Black Bears to swim each repetition aggressively, intensely and with precision on turn push-offs and pull-outs.

“We do a variety of sets before and after our focus set, but the focus set has been something they have liked,” Lizzotte said.

Not only are the Black Bears impressive in their training, but, more importantly, the teams are racing well.

“The swimmers like to race and they are all on their ‘A’ game in racing,” Lizzotte said.

During their semester training trip at the 50-meter North Palm Beach Country Club, the Black Bears will continue with the “focus sets” and add what Lizzotte refers to as the “Jeff Wren special semester training set,” 100 meter free/50 meter fly times 12.

“They are already talking about this set. We will continue with long and short rest sets as well. Swimming outdoors in a long course pool adds a spark to training this time of the year,” Lizzotte explained.

Wren introduced the 100 meter/50 meter fly set during his tenure as the highly regarded coach of the Black Bears.

While the priority is training in North Palm Beach, the Black Bears will race Johns Hopkins University during the trip. Johns Hopkins traditionally offers a roster of fast swimmers.

Maine swimmers set world records

Maine masters swimmers competing in the New England Short Course Meters Championship, held at Harvard University recently, established world records. In the 65-69 age group, Diann Uustall set marks in the 100-meter backstroke (1:17.9), 50-meter free (32), and the 100 individual medley (1:22.4). And, in the 800-meter free relay, the team of Zach Gray, Son Nguyen, Drew Darling and Richard Bell entered the record book at 11 minutes, 4.8 seconds.

Nolan shines at Stanford

David Nolan of Hershey, Pa., who last year as an interscholastic swimmer established national high school records in the 200 individual medley (1:41.5) and the 100 back (45.4), has continued his record setting as a freshman at Stanford. Racing in the Arena Invitational, Stanford won 14 events in the three-day meet and Nolan was involved in 9 of the 14 wins and five of the records set by Stanford.

Bangor, Cape turn in top times

Last week at the Penobscot Valley Conference Relay Carnival, coach Cindi Howard’s Bangor High girls team assembled relays that reset records in events where records had been in place since the early 1990s. While the Rams were fast, Cape Elizabeth turned in two impressive relay times in a dual meet against Scarborough last week. Cape’s 200 medley relay touched in 1:52.9, two seconds faster than Bangor’s record PVC mark. Cape’s 200 free relay hit 1:44.6.

Bosse garners honor

Husson University diver Martina Bosse was named to the Greater Northeast Conference All Tournament team following the GNAC championship meet won by Simmons College earlier this month. Bosse, from Brewer, captured the 1-meter diving at the GNAC meet.

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