Two swimmers who began their competitive careers at the Portland YMCA, Cyndie Bowie and Ian Crocker, have been selected as this year’s inductees into the Maine Swimming Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 30 in Waterville.
Bowie, who excelled in the butterfly, began her racing in 1968 for the Portland YMCA. Five years later, she became the first Maine female swimmer to race in the YMCA Nationals held annually at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At the meet, she scored in two events, the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.
Later swimming for the Portland area Pine Tree Swim Club, an AAU club, Bowie established 13 state records. As a high school swimmer, she raced for the Capers of Cape Elizabeth and set numerous team records, one state record and two Southwestern League records in addition to leading coach Donald Richards’ teams to state titles.
Her college swimming career included two years of racing for the University of Pittsburgh.
Crocker, also a butterflyer, was a member of the U. S. Olympic team in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He won three gold medals as a member of the medley relay teams. In addition, Crocker won a silver medal in the 2004 games and a bronze medal as a member of the 400 free relay.
In 2004, Crocker set an American record and world record in the 100-yard butterfly at 44.72 seconds. As a member of the Texas Longhorns, Crocker was a 24-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA Division I record-holder in the 100 fly and a member of the 400 medley relay.
Thirteen years after Bowie opened her career for the Portland Y, Crocker started his career at the Y. Several years later, he joined the Porpoise Swim Club and set 31 Maine state records.
Babin to coach Maine Zone
Husson University swim coach Bruce Babin, also head coach of the local Hurricane Swim Club, has been selected head coach for Maine’s Swimming Zone team. The team will compete in an age-group meet in Webster, N.Y. Area swim teams including the Bangor YMCA Barracudas, Canoe City Swim Club of Old Town, Downeast Y of Ellsworth, Hurricane Swim Club, Mount Desert Island Y and the Penobscot Bay Y of Camden have swimmers on the team.
Thomas competes in national meet
Erin Thomas competed for the Penn Sate Nittany Lions in last week’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships held at the University of Texas. The Bangor native split 22.8 on the 16th-place 200 free relay. She also swam a 1:48.5 leg in the 800 free relay and anchored the 400 free relay with a 49.6. Both relays scored 17th in the meet where the University of California won the title.
Nolan sets 3 national records
Three national records were set recently by David Nolan of Hershey, Pa., at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Swim Championships. He set marks in the 200 individual medley (1:41.3), 100 backstroke (45.4) and the 100 free with a 42.3 lead off leg in the 400 free relay. Nolan will compete in college for Stanford.