April 20, 2018
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Bangor boys swimmers post state’s fastest relay times

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

The defending Class A state champion Bangor High boys lead all Class A teams in each of the three relays, 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 free, according to the recently compiled fastest relay performances of the 2011-12 season.

In the 200 medley relay, coach Phil Emery’s relay team of Matt England, Liam Reading, David Smallwood and Gordon Carroll are nearly two seconds ahead of Brunswick: 1 minute, 44.7 seconds to 1:46.3.

Cheverus of Portland trails Bangor in the 200 free relay 1:37 to 1:37.8 and in the 400 free relay the Rams are four seconds ahead of the Stags, 3:29.4 to 3:33.5.

Carroll, Smallwood, Jeff Rogers and Colin Makovich comprise the 200 free relay while Makovich, Smallwood, England and Matt Fuller swim the 400 free relay.

The Bangor High boys’ 2011-12 season is the 51st season of swimming and diving at the school. Emery was a sophomore on the first team at Bangor in 1961-62.

Cape Elizabeth’s 200 free relay (1:44.6) and 200 medley relay (1:52.9) lead the Class A girls’ relays with Bangor’s 400 free relay of Emma Waddell, Mariah Reading, Meri Wicks and Jamie Humsaker having recorded the league’s fastest time at 3:46.9.

In Bar Harbor, the Mount Desert Island High relays, 200 free relay at 1:49.6 and 200 medley relay at 1:57.5, are the speediest in Class B girls. Greely High of Cumberland Center tops the field in the Class B boys’ relays, although Belfast’s 200 free (1:37.2) and 400 free (3:36.6) are the league’s second fastest. MDI is second fastest in the 200 medley (1:46.6).

Maine swimmers shine at Maryland

Two former Maine age-group competition swimmers, Jennifer Roberts of Sanford and Laura Flewelling of Scarborough, are among the fastest swimmers for the University of Maryland Terps this season.

Roberts, a sophomore, has recorded a 1:59.6 200 individual medley, the fastest of the season for the Terps. Roberts also has sped to a 1:58.1 200 butterfly.

Flewelling, a frosh at College Park, has the second fastest 100 breaststroke this season for the Terps at 1:02.69 and the second fastest 200 breaststroke, 2:13.

Earlier this fall it was announced that swimming and diving would be two of several sports eliminated at the University of Maryland. College officials offered the possibility of retaining swimming and diving if the programs are endowed by an outside party at the same level established by the college.

Tennessee swim coach fired

Officials at the University of Tennessee announced Tuesday that the second longest tenured Volunteer coach, John Trembley, has been relieved of his duties as head coach of men’s swimming and diving effective immediately. News reports quoted Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart declaring the action was taken because of “gross misconduct.”

Trembley, the 2011 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, was in his 23rd season as the Volunteers’ coach. Trembley, a 1975 Tennessee graduate, was one of the nation’s elite 50-yard swimmers, speeding to a 19:49 in 1974.

Lars Jorgensen, a second-year assistant at Tennessee, has been named to lead the Volunteers for the remainder of the season. The 1994 graduate holds the school’s 1,000 free record at 9:05. Before joining the Volunteers staff, Jorgensen had been the head coach at the University of Toledo.

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