ORONO, Maine — Championship season is about swimming fast. Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine swimmers did just that at the recent America East Championships establishing 17 school records.
“It was an enjoyable weekend. Some of the kids just kept getting faster and faster as the meet continued,” said Lizzotte.
The oldest Maine record, according to Lizzotte, was in the 200-yard butterfly, set by Donald Winant in 1978. It was eclipsed by Oakland’s Sergey Terrio, who finished the event in 1 minute, 53 seconds.
Freshman backstroker Matt England of Bangor clipped Derek Marshall’s record set in 1992 with a 51.4 finish in the 100-yard backstroke. England joined two other former Maine interscholastic swimmers, Caleb Hoffman of Waterville and Eric Gaulin of Belfast, along with Massachusetts native Shane Kinnon in the 200 medley relay, racing to a 1:33.3 record.
England, Hoffman, Gaul and Old Town’s Robbie Bickford swam the 400 medley relay in 3:22.3, another of the 17 records set by Black Bears.
On the women’s side, Naja Harvey set three new Maine marks in the 50 freestyle (23.7), the 100 breaststroke (1:02.9) and the 200 breaststroke (2:18.7). Shannon Bender raced record swims in two events, the 200 backstroke (2:04.4) and the 500 freestyle (4:49.6), and teammate Emily Buczkowski of Woolwich lowered the women’s 100 backstroke to 57.8.
Other records were set in the women’s 100 butterfly and the women’s 800, 400 and 200 relays, as well as the 200 medley and 400 medley.
Twenty Black Bears qualified to extend their season and will compete in the ECAC meet scheduled for March 1-2 at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
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Husson University’s Martina Bosse finished sixth for the Eagles, scoring 339.75 points at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships.
The diving championships were hosted by Plymouth State University where Alan Switzer, former coach of the UMaine Black Bear men, coaches both swimming and diving.
Former Bangor area age-group swimmer Mariah Reading, competing for Bowdoin College, swam impressively during the NESCAC championships held in the Polar Bears’ home pool in Brunswick.
She swam a 26.50 in the 50 fly, a 2:13.50 in the 200 IM and a 59.8 in the 100 fly.