Maine swimmers strong in nationals

Posted 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.

Jenni Roberts, swimming for the Sanford Y, won the 100 butterfly nationals at 54.2 seconds. She finished third in the 200 butterfly (2:01.6) and sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:00.4).

Mount Desert Island Y swimmer Ian Carbone, a senior at MDI High, recorded a smooth 57.3 in the 100 breaststroke for fifth in the national meet and a 2:05.9 in the 200 breaststroke for 14th.

Representing Canoe City Swim Club of the Old Town/Orono Y at the YMCA nationals, Mariah Reading raced a 58.8 in the 100 butterfly placing 58th in the field of 185.

Meanwhile, Maine Masters swimmers established several records at the New England Masters Championships held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Among the swimmers setting marks were two swimmers with roots in eastern Maine swimming.

Fritz Homans, who swam at an elite level as a college swimmer after starting his swimming as a young age-group competitor at the Bangor YMCA, now competes in master’s competition in the 50-54 age group at the state, regional and national level. Homans continues to swim fast, establishing a 100 free record (49.6) and a 100 back record (58.8) at the New England Championships.

And Matt Jordan, whose age-group swimming was done at the Downeast Y in Ellsworth, set five records at the New England Championships in his age group (18-24). Jordan, a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., sped to a 21.9 50 free, 48.2 100 free and 52.5 100 fly. In both the 50 and 100 back, Jordan also rewrote the records with times of 24.7 and a 53.7, respectively.

Two colleges add programs

Despite the economic instability affecting many college athletic departments, two colleges have added swimming to their athletic programs.

The University of North Florida, after announcing in March plans to discontinue women’s swimming and diving, recently reinstated the sport after determining elimination of the sport jeopardized the school’s commitment to gender equity. And, Queens University in North Carolina has added both men’s and women’s swimming and diving to the athletic offerings.

On the other hand, at the University of California at Davis, swimming is one of four sports scheduled for termination.

Summer swim schedule set

Maine Swimming, the governing body for USA swimming in Maine, has posted the 2010 summer meet schedule. Interested age group and/or master’s swimmers may view the schedule and access registration materials for any of the summer meets by visiting the Maine Swimming website.

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