Colby Prouty, a senior at Bangor High School and the Maine interscholastic state record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke, will continue his career in the fall of 2018 as a scholarship swimmer at the University of Connecticut.
Prouty also is a member of the Rams’ state-record 200 medley relay and owns the Bangor High School 200 individual medley record.
“It is an up-and-coming program. I can be part of something new and exciting in UConn athletics,” Prouty said.
Huskies head coach Chris Maiello is in his first year at UConn after leading North Dakota for four years. Before North Dakota, he was an assistant at the United States Naval Academy.
John Bransfield, a member of Maiello’s staff, coached diving at the University of Maine from 1985-1989. UConn, 4-1 in dual-meet action during the first semester of the 2017-2018 season, competes in the American Athletic Association.
Bangor High Principal Paul Butler, commenting on Prouty’s accomplishment said, “Colby has been completely committed to swimming and has brought great life as a student to our school — two elements that are critical to success at the next level. Seeing his Division I aspirations realized is wonderful.”
Describing UConn’s complementary training resources to support pool work as very inviting, Prouty explained that the new coaching staff is a primary draw for him.
“I like coach Maiello’s confidence in the program. I asked him what made him different than other coaches. He said, ‘you won’t find another coach like me who will take you where you want to go.’”
In addition to contributing to UConn’s team success, Prouty’s goal list includes qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Bangor head coach David Barnett projects Prouty’s work ethic and passion for racing will assist him in his transition to the collegiate swim environment.
“Colby has been a leader since his freshman year, whether he realizes it or not, with his work ethic. I think he enjoys swim practice. He always wants to race every time he is in the water,” Barnett said. “It could be a kick set or a drill set. He just wants to race. He is a swimmer I can put in any event and he will perform because he loves to race.
“I think what he will find is that he will be in the pool with people like he is. I predict it will be a new of level of fun for him.”
Prouty anticipates his training in Storrs will expand to the 400 individual medley, 200 breaststroke and 200 free. While he has not consistently trained for the events, the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American competed for the Canoe City Swim Club in the YMCA Short Course Nationals two years ago and finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke. He also scored fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
“The tough training competition and being around teammates and coaches who are focused on developing the program will be a great environment,” Prouty said.
And Prouty’s high goals are not confined to racing.
“From a young age, I knew I wanted to go into the medical field,” he said.
He plans to study neurobiology.
Prouty will conclude his swimming for Bangor High with the 2018 Maine Principals’ Association Class A State Championship meet set for Saturday, Feb. 17, at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool.
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