University of Maine diver Kara Caposella, a freshman from Greenwich, Conn., ranks second in America East six-dive competition in both the one- (255.6 points) and three-meter (247.7) events as the AE teams enter the final weeks before semester training trips.

Caposella won All-American honors both her junior and senior years at Greenwich and won the Connecticut state title. Her brother Michael swims distance freestyle and the 400 individual medley for the Black Bears.

Caposella’s rankings highlight a number of highly rated performances by Black Bear swimmers and divers.

Maine’s Tim Smith, a freshman diver from Bangor, earlier this month was recognized as the AE performer of the week.

Black Bear swimmers Yuri Chornobil (1000 free, 9:58) and Brian Landry (200 breaststroke, 2:13.4) are ranked among the AE leaders with the seventh fastest time in their respective events, while Andrew MacKeil (100 butterfly, 53.1) ranks ninth in the AE fly field.

Switzer starts 20th year at PSU

Former University of Maine coach Alan Switzer has begun his 20th year as head coach of women’s swimming and diving at Plymouth State (N.H.) and his team is off the blocks quickly this year, 2-0 in its first dual meets.

Switzer’s 20th year at PSU is a year longer than he coached the Black Bear men. During his 19-year career at Maine, Switzer’s teams won two New England championships before the Black Bear men moved to the prestigious Eastern Intercollegiate Championships for their post-dual meet season competition.

Prior to coaching at Maine, the Harvard graduate coached at the The Hill School in Pa. At PSU through 19 seasons, Switzer’s teams have won 102 meets and lost 81.

Cartwright resigns Hoyas post

Steve Cartwright, who was an age group swimmer swam for Tim Babcock and the Bangor area Hurricane Swim Club, resigned his coaching position at Georgetown University earlier this year.

The former distance freestyler, who excelled as a member of the Hurricanes before embarking on a successful college swimming career, stepped down from his position at Georgetown to attend a seminary where he will study for the priesthood.

During his three years as head coach at Georgetown, the Hoyas set 34 school records and received national recognition for their academic achievements as well.

New target for 100 back

With Maine interscholastic swimming racing set to begin in early December, a new national interscholastic record was set earlier this month

in the female 100-yard backstroke (51.5) at the Minnesota interscholastic championships.

Maine high school swim teams opened practice this week and will begin the racing season with the annual relay carnivals in December.

Effects of swimming studied

Dr. Joel Stager, researcher at Indiana University, has been examining the effects of swimming on the aging process.

According to an IU release, regular to fairly intensive swimming significantly delayed the aging of the population examined in studies conducted by Stager.

Specifically, areas often associated with the process of aging — blood pressure, muscle mass, blood chemistry and pulmonary function — responded favorably to “regular and intensive swimming.”

So, purchase a swimsuit, a pair of goggles and check out this “fountain of youth.”