Emma Waddell, swimming for the Bangor YMCA in her first national race, finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly (56.1 seconds) at the YMCA Nationals held earlier this month at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“It was a fantastic swim,” said Eric Palmer, coach of the Bangor Y team. “She took it out in 26.6, third in the consolation field, and finished with a 29.4 on the back half off the race, the second-fastest finish in the field.”
“She kept her swim under control. Her underwater work was phenomenal. She did everything she needed to do,” Palmer said of the 14-year-old swimmer.
Waddell, prior to moving to Maine, swam in Texas for the El Paso Aqua Posse, one of the oldest swim programs in Texas. She entered the meet seeded 19th in the butterfly, moved to 15th after the trials and jumped four spots on the field in the finals.
She also raced the 100-yard free in 52.7, finishing 33rd in the field of 211 swimmers. Because Waddell qualified for the nationals in the fly and free and because her 400 individual medley time was less than 10 percent off the meet entry time standard, she was eligible to swim a 400 individual medley time trial at the nationals. Her time of 4:36.4 established a Maine USA record. Following the Maine interscholastic swim season, she was voted Maine Class A Swimmer of the Year. Waddell attends Bangor High.
Josh Williams, a 15-year-old from Brewer, also competed for the Bangor YMCA in Fort Lauderdale. A meet qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke, Williams turned in his best time (54.1) and was eligible for time trial swims in the 200 back and 200 free, touching in 1:56.9 and 1:57.5, respectively.
Wheaton recognizes Chaiken
Wheaton College diver Emma Chaiken was recognized recently for her contributions to the swimming and diving program when she was awarded the 2011 Coaches Award. Chaiken, a four-year diver in both the 1- and 3-meter competitions at Wheaton, was an outstanding diver at Bangor High School.
In other college news, Ellsworth’s Tucker Cambridge, a freshman at Skidmore College in New York, finished the season with the team’s fastest times in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.1) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.1). Two Colby College swimmers, Adam Spierer and Jenny Reiner, were named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Crans sets Eastern Zone record
Husson University’s Bruce Babin, coach of the local Hurricane Swim Club, coached an all-star age-group team from Maine at the Eastern Zone meet in New York. Among the records overturned in the meet was one set 16 years ago in the 11-12 age-group, the 100 free by Ian Crocker. Penobscot Bay’s (Camden) Kyle Crans set the new standard at 51.7. Crocker of Portland was an Olympic medalist.
Y-pool scoreboard upgraded
Palmer announced that the electronic scoreboard at the Y’s pool has been upgraded to include additional digital lines. Palmer’s summer swim program begins in May. The fourth-year Y coach continues to accept swimmers for the summer training and meet season.