December 18, 2017
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John Bapst hires former Bangor, UMaine swimmer as head coach

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN
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Sean MacMillan has been selected as the new varsity swimming coach at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, athletic director Dan O’Connell confirmed on Monday.

MacMillan assumes the head coaching responsibilities previously held by the late Gary Isherwood. The highly regarded Isherwood, who directed the Crusaders program for 26 seasons, died in March at age 59.

“First and foremost, Sean is passionate about the sport and he wants to give back to the sport. He was adamant about the opportunity here,” O’Connell said.

“Sean was very articulate about his goals for swimming during the interview. He came in with a plan for our swimmers.”

MacMillan was a swimmer for coach Phil Emery at Bangor High, where he was a member of four state championship teams. He has assistant coaching experience with both age-group and high school swimming. MacMillan also competed for two years at the University of Maine under Jeff Wren.

“Coach Isherwood built good teams here. I am hoping to build on what he did,” said MacMillan. “It is an exciting opportunity. We have some good swimmers. I am looking forward to a successful season.”

John Bapst competes in the Class B ranks.

Bangor adds coaches

Bangor High School has added Jameson Ploch, Lauren Joliat and Nick Jensen to its swim coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season.

Ploch, a graduate of Old Town High and a 2017 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, captained the Chargers during his senior year. He was a member of the school’s record-setting 800 freestyle relay and is the son of Old Town High swim coach Dave Ploch.

Joliat swam butterfly and freestyle for the UMaine Black Bears and Jensen was a diver for Cheverus High in Portland.

Ploch will assist Bangor head boys coach David Barnett, while Joliat will help Cindi Howard with the girls team. Jensen will serve as the diving coach.

Short strokes

Cameron Dwyer, a former swimmer for Orono High and UMaine, is in his first year as an assistant coach at the University of Rochester. Last season, Dwyer coached the Longmeadow High School (Massachusetts) boys team to the western division championship

Caitlyn Tycz swam a 54.8 to win the 100-yard butterfly for the University of Southern California in its win over Arizona State. Tycz and the Trojans will race at the Texas Invitational later this month. As a age-group swimmer, Tycz competed for the Long Reach Swim Club at the Bath YMCA. She won several individual interscholastic state titles at Brunswick High

Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton raced to a 21.8 victory in the the 50 free in Florida Southern University’s recent win over Rollins College.

In the latest NCAA Division lll poll, the Bates’ women swimmers are ranked 18th in the nation. Bates defeated Trinity and Wesleyan on Saturday.

Kyle Adams of Bangor, competing for UMaine, collected a win in the one-meter diving at the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend in Kingston.

Thomas Cote, a freshman from Thornton Academy in Saco, set the Husson University record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.2 in a meet against the University of New England at Webber Pool in Bangor.


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