Pair to be inducted in Maine Swimming Hall of Fame

Posted March 25, 2013, at 6:21 p.m.

Falmouth’s Katie Mailman, a 1995 competitor in the United States Diving Nationals, and Jay Morissette, the highly successful coach of the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath YMCA, will be inducted into the Maine Swimming Hall of Fame later this spring.

Mailman, a high school All-American in 1995, won America East titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002 while competing for Northeastern University. Mailman exceled in 1-meter events, setting both the pool and school record at Northeastern for six dives (311.70 points), the 1-meter 11-dive record at Bates College, and establishing the Maine interscholastic record of 477.90 points. As a USS diver, Mailman won several New England titles.

Morissette raced with speed as a high school swimmer for Hall-Dale High where he claimed two Class B records and nine school records before exceling for the Maine Black Bears. His 1985 UMaine records in the 50- and 100-yard free remain school records.

As a coach, Morissette consistently has developed some of the speediest age group swimmers in Maine. His teams have won 25 Y state titles and four of Morissette’s swimmers have qualified for the U.S. senior nationals. Thirty of his Bath YMCA swimmers have been recognized as YMCA All-Americans.

The 2009 Bath YMCA boys team, coached by Morissette, finished sixth at the YMCA Nationals. Two Bath swimmers trained by Morissette have won a total of seven individual golds at the Y Nationals. Indiana University’s James Wells, one of the Hoosier’s premier backstrokers, trained as an age group swimmer under Morissette.

College notebook

— Nicole Mancini from Falmouth earned All-American recognition competing in 1-meter diving for Bentley University at the NCAA Division II nationals held earlier this month in Alabama. Mancini totaled 418.65 points for 11 dives to finish eighth.

Teammate Jessica Hodsdon from Brewer scored 12th in the meet in the 100-yard breaststroke. The senior turned a 1:04.1 in the trials and then finished in 1:04.3 in the finals. Hodsdon earned honorable mention All American distinction.

— After finishing second to NCAA Division I champion California the last two seasons, the Bulldogs of Georgia won the 2013 title Saturday with 477 points. Cal scored second at 309 and Tennessee finished third. The Bulldogs closed the meet with a national record-setting performance in the 400 free relay of 3:09.4. Cal frosh swimmer Elizabeth Pelton raced a 1:47.8 200-yard backstroke to set an American and national record.

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