May 28, 2018
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Maine high school swimmers record top performances

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN

Local high school swimmers turned in state-meet quality swims in recent races.

In the Brewer-Bangor meet, Brewer’s Josh Williams, a junior for coach Kathy Cahill’s squad, swam an impressive 55.7-second time in the 100-yard backstroke.

Williams’ backstroke leg in the 200 medley relay (26.1) indicated that he was prepped to swim fast in the dual meet won by Bangor. His time in the 100 back was a Brewer school record.

Meanwhile, the Rams’ freestyle sprint depth was apparent with four 200-free relays recording finishes within 1.6 seconds of each other at 1:40.3, 1:41.4, 1:41.6 and 1:41.9.

Earlier in the week, Ellsworth’s Keith Chandler swam a speedy dual-meet season time of 1:51.4 in the 200 free in a meet where coach Phil Emery’s Rams recorded 59 career performances in a win over the Eagles.

Saturday, Emma Waddell, a Bangor sophomore racer, swam away from the field in the 100 free and established a record of 53.7, rewriting the 15-year-old Bangor High record held by Sarah Oldenburg.

In Class B, two Mount Desert swimmers, Erin Connery, 5:36.7 in the 500 free, and Jason Carbone, 1:06.4 in the 100 breaststroke, have recorded the fastest swims thus far this season in those events.

College notes

• In Austin, Texas, the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns defeated the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs in a meet. Mount Desert alumni Ian Carbone, swimming the 100 breaststroke, clocked a 57.8 for the Longhorns.

• In Big Ten dual meet racing, Michigan defeated Indiana. Morse High of Bath alum James Wells claimed second in the 100 back (47.9) and swam the backstroke leg on the Hoosier winning 1:29.3 medley relay.

Wells is ranked 17th in the nation among NCAA Division I swimmers in the 100 backstroke at 46.6.The nation’s fastest 100 back in Division I belongs to Arizona’s Mitch Friedemann at 45.8.

• Nate Mecray, a senior sprinter for coach Brad Burnham’s Polar Bears of Bowdoin, is the fastest 50- and 100-yard freestyler in New England Small College Athletic Conference racing thus far this season with times of 20.8 and 46.8, respectively. The former Greely High of Cumberland swimmer is ranked 23rd in the 50 free NCAA Division III.

• Coach Bruce Babin’s Husson University women’s swim team travels to St. Joseph’s in Standish for a Saturday and the University of Maine swim teams race Providence College in Rhode Island.

Florida swim program canceled

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city officials, according to the Sun Sentinel, have canceled the contract of the nation’s 10th largest aquatic program, the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, after the team defaulted on the contract. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics includes an age-group team of 250 members, a masters team of 200 and school team of 100. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics is coached by Duffy Dillon.

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