Articles by Robby MacDonald


Several high school swimmers turning in fast times

By Robby MacDonald on Jan. 06, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.
As the 2011 interscholastic dual meets open this week, several area swimmers are among the leaders in their respective classes, according to the data provided by Maine Principals’ Association swim statistician Ritchie Palmer. In the girls interscholastics, Bangor’s Emma Waddell leads the Class A rankings in three events — 500 …

Coaches challenge swimmers in New Year’s Day workouts

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 31, 2010, at 4:54 p.m.
The Christmas break for interscholastic swimmers affords an opportunity for both greater intensity and yardage in workouts as teams, in some cases, have increased pool time. And, coaches often add creativity to their workouts by structuring a special New Year’s Day training set or a culminating exercise to end 2010’s …

Wells, Hodsdon among nation’s top 50 college swimmers

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 24, 2010, at 4:21 p.m.
James Wells, Maine’s fastest interscholastic swimmer in several events a year ago for Morse High in Bath, is ranked 49th in America in the men’s NCAA Division I 100-yard backstroke at 49.0 seconds. Interestingly, three Indiana University teammates of Wells are ranked in the top 50 swimmers in the 100-yard …

Bangor starts swim season with PVC relay victory

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 16, 2010, at 5:44 p.m.
Phil Emery’s 42nd year of coaching at Bangor High opened Saturday with a win at the annual Penobscot Valley Conference Relay Carnival held at the University of Maine. “I thought we did very well for this point of the season. We haven’t trained real hard, yet,” Emery said. “We have …

Williams, Bickford strong for UMaine swim team

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 09, 2010, at 8:35 p.m.
A year ago, Brent Williams and Robbie Bickford were approximately two weeks into their high school swim seasons at Brewer and Old Town, respectively. This year they have raced in seven meets for the UMaine Black Bears. Their racing continues to be hot as they approach, along with their teammates, …

Husson coach pleased with swim team’s efforts

By Robby MacDonald on Nov. 18, 2010, at 9:16 p.m.
“Every girl swam multiple best times. They swam really well. The whole meet was very positive,” said Husson University’s interim swim coach Bruce Babin, evaluating his team’s performance at last weekend’s Regis Invitational in Boston where the Eagles finished sixth in the six -team field. At Regis the young Eagles …

Maine swimmers competing for elite college teams

By Robby MacDonald on Nov. 11, 2010, at 6:11 p.m.
A year ago, Mount Desert Island’s Ian Carbone and Morse’s James Wells were the elite in Maine swimming. Now, this year, their first in college swimming, they are swimming for two of this nation’s elite teams, the University of Texas and Indiana University, respectively. Recently, the two teams competed in …

Coach pleased with start of UMaine swim teams

By Robby MacDonald on Nov. 05, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.
Last week end, the University of Maine men and women won the first meets of the weekend against Bryant University but lost to the University of Rhode Island. “Overall, I was very happy with the performances. We had some good breakthrough swims in several events. It was a tough double. …

Positive attitudes buoy UMaine swimmers

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 28, 2010, at 5:49 p.m.
“We have positive attitudes. We like to have fun and they are training hard,” University of Maine swim coach Susan Lizotte said. The Black Bears travel to Rhode Island for a Friday dual meet against Bryant University and then race Saturday at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. Friday’s …

Husson swimmers open season Saturday

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 21, 2010, at 6:03 p.m.
Husson University swimming opens the 2010-11 season Saturday at the Blue Jay Pentathlon hosted by St. Joseph’s (Conn.) College. The Eagles will race under interim head coach Bruce Babin, appointed recently following the resignation of Jeff Wren, who had coached the team for two years. “Overall, the makeup of the …

UMaine women’s swim team opens Saturday

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 14, 2010, at 7:44 p.m.
Susan Lizotte’s tenure as Maine’s head swimming and diving coach begins Saturday when the Black Bear women travel to Central Connecticut University for a 2 p.m. meet. Lizotte served as interim head coach during the 2009-10 season prior to her appointment this summer by former athletic director Blake James. During …

Babin named interim Husson swim coach

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 10, 2010, at 11:42 p.m.
Bruce Babin has been named interim head swim coach at Husson University following the resignation of Jeff Wren, who coached the Eagles for two years. Babin served has an assistant coach on Wren’s staff for two years and also served as an interim head coach for Husson during the 2007-08 …
Ian Carbone of Mount Desert Island is now swimming at the University of Texas.

MDI’s Carbone begins career at Texas

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 07, 2010, at 5:53 p.m.
Mount Desert’s Ian Carbone raced wearing the orange and white of the Texas Longhorns for the first time last weekend in the annual Orange-White intrasquad meet. Carbone, recruited by Texas coach Eddie Reese to join one of the nation’s elite swim programs following his swim in April at the YMCA …

Lizzotte climbing up the rungs

By on June 26, 2010, at 12:19 a.m.
Susan Lizzotte, the newly appointed swimming coach for the University of Maine Black Bears, compares her experience at Maine to climbing rungs on ladder.

UMaine continues to assess talent pool

By on May 28, 2010, at 11:38 p.m.
The search for a swimming coach for the University of Maine men’s and women’s teams is ongoing. Associate athletic director and search committee chairman Joe Roberts confirmed Friday the committee looking for a successor to Walter Nitardy, who resigned his coaching position unexpectedly only days before the opening of the …

MDI star Carbone to attend Texas, compete on swim team

By on May 02, 2010, at 10:59 p.m.
“I still can not believe that I will be a Texas Longhorn,” exclaimed Mount Desert’s Ian Carbone, who last week accepted an offer from the University of Texas at Austin to swim next year for …

Bender, Bond honor society inductees

By on April 22, 2010, at 11:31 p.m.
Two of the University of Maine’s elite swimmers, Jeremy Bender and Samantha Bond, have been inducted into two prestigious UMaine honor societies.

Maine swimmers strong in nationals

By on April 18, 2010, at 10:28 p.m.
Maine swimmers continued to race successfully against some of the nation’s fastest YMCA swimmers at the YMCA nationals recently at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Area stars in YMCA Nationals

By on April 08, 2010, at 10:22 p.m.
Several area swimmers are competing at the National YMCA Swim Championships being held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the International Swimming Hall of Fame aquatic facility.

Waldman, Green, Butt join swim hall

By on April 01, 2010, at 9:12 p.m.
The Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame inductees for 2009-10 include Charlie Butt, longtime coach at Bowdoin College, John Waldman, a nationally-ranked and world-ranked breaststroker, and the late Arnie Green, an elite swimmer for the nationally-recognized Portland High teams of the late 1940s and ’50s.