ORONO, Maine — Michael Sever, former head coach at the University of Rhode Island, joined the UMaine swimming staff earlier this fall.
In addition to his duties at URI, Sever also founded the Triton Swim Club and is a member of New England Masters and U.S. Masters. Sever, who also served as an an assistant at East Carolina University, fills the vacancy following the resignation of Brad Smith after last year’s America East championships.
Smith assumed the head coaching position at Western State College of Colorado.
Sever joins a coaching staff under the direction of Susan Lizzotte that continues to attract talented Maine interscholastic swimmers. Sixteen men and 17 women on the Black Bear rosters are former Maine interscholastic and age-group swimmers. The Black Bears will travel to Rhode Island next to race in the URI Invitational scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
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Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon, a senior at Bentley University who holds five school records there, won the 50-yard free against UMass Dartmouth and then claimed a second place against Brandeis in recent Bentley wins. Hodsdon holds school records in the 50 breaststroke (29.6), 100 breaststroke (1:03.5), 100 individual medley (1:02), 200 IM (2:09.7) and 50 free (23.7).
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The International Swimming Hall of Fame will induct Gary Hall Jr. in this year’s class. Hall raced in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics for the USA, garnering 10 medals, including five gold. Hall’s father, Gary Sr., who swam at Indiana University and won three Olympic medals and 30 national titles, was an ISHF inductee in 1981.