Articles by Robby MacDonald


UMaine swimmers set 17 school records during America East Championships

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 21, 2013, at 5:49 p.m.
ORONO | Championship season is about swimming fast. Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine swimmers did just that at the recent America East Championships establishing 17 school records. “It was an enjoyable weekend. Some of the kids just kept getting faster and faster as the meet continued,” said Lizzotte. The …

Relays highlight of UMaine women’s swim program

By Robby MacDonald on Nov. 11, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.
Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine women swimmers continue to impress the Black Bear coach with their racing as they prepare for this week’s meet at Vermont. “The one thing we are really happy with is the swimming of our relays, 200 free and 200 medley,” Lizzotte said. “I think the …

UM’s Barnett presented Chandler Comeback Award

By Robby MacDonald on April 22, 2011, at 6:28 p.m.
Former Bangor High swimmer Grace Barnett was presented the Chandler Comeback Award by University of Maine swim coach Susan Lizzotte at the team’s recent end-of-the-year recognition dinner. Barnett, a sophomore, has displayed consistent improvement in both the freestyle and the butterfly during her two years swimming for the Black Bears. …
Bangor High School's Emma Waddell competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the Penobscot Valley Conference swimming and diving championships in February. Waddell recently finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly in the YMCA national meet.

Bangor’s Waddell sets Maine USA swim records at YMCA Nationals

By Robby MacDonald on April 14, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
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 …

Future of Old Town High School pool under debate

By Robby MacDonald on April 06, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
For 42 years, the swimming pool attached to Old Town High has been the aquatic center for the community. The facility, built originally as an indoor/outdoor structure,  has been the home for Old Town High boys and girls swimming teams. It also was home to the Canoe City Swim Club, …

Wells competed in three NCAA Div. I events

By Robby MacDonald on March 31, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.
James Wells, one of Maine’s elite interscholastic swimmers a year ago, raced at the prestigious NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota recently. Competing for tradition-rich Indiana University, Wells swam the butterfly leg (21.4 seconds) on the 200 medley relay, where the Hoosiers finished 16th …

Crocker, Bowie named to Maine Swimming Hall of Fame

By Robby MacDonald on March 24, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.
  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 …

Maine’s top swimmers, coaches gain honors

By Robby MacDonald on March 18, 2011, at 5:56 p.m.
The Maine Interscholastic Swim League released the 2010-11 All-State Swim Team earlier this week and honored Swimmers of the Year in both Class A and Class B male and female leagues. Speedy Bangor freshman Emma Waddell, who consistently displayed the ability to race multiple strokes while displaying the speed and …

Messalonskee relay team earns New England gold

By Robby MacDonald on March 14, 2011, at 8:41 p.m.
Among Maine interscholastic teams competing successfully at the New England interscholastic meet last week at the University of New Hampshire was the female 200-medley relay team from Messalonskee in Oakland The Eagles won the gold in the medley with a time of 1 minute, 54.3 seconds. Another central Maine swimmer, …

Records made to be broken for Maine swimmers

By Robby MacDonald on March 03, 2011, at 7 p.m.
“Life is true to form; records are made to be broken,” Mark Spitz, American swimmer, said after winning seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympics. The University of Maine swimmers could offer commentary on record-setting as the Black Bear men and women established 10 school records at the recent …

Husson names Babin head swim coach, aquatics director

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 25, 2011, at 4:31 p.m.
Interim Husson University head swim coach Bruce Babin confirmed Wednesday night that he has been appointed as director of aquatics and head women’s swim coach for the Eagles. During the 2010-11 season, Babin was named interim coach following the retirement of one of New England’s most respected college coaches, Jeff …

UMBC sweeps America East swim crowns

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 22, 2011, at 9:31 p.m.
  The University of Maryland Baltimore County won the 2011 America East Championship in both men’s and women’s swimming and diving held at Germantown Aquatic in Germantown, Md. In the men’s field, team scores were: UMBC 896.5, Boston University 848, Binghamton 690.5, Maine 324 and Stony Brook 323. In the …
Foxcroft Academy's Cameron Fadley swims the backstroke leg of the 200-yard IM and finished first at Wallace Pool, Monday Feb. 21, 2011.

Greely boys capture Class B state swim crown

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 21, 2011, at 11:26 p.m.
  ORONO — The Greely High Rangers extended their reign as Class B swimming and diving champions Monday at the University of Maine pool with a convincing win in the 2011 state neet. Coach Bob Hale’s Rangers also won the 2010 title. Monday’s title marks the first time since 1981 …
Mount Desert Island's Erin Connery, top, gets a quick start off the block in the 500-yard freestyle event during the Class B state swimming and diving championships Saturday Feb 19, in Orono, Maine. MDI went on to win the state title.

MDI girls capture Class B state swim title

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 20, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
  ORONO — Coach Tony DeMuro’s Mount Desert Trojans displayed their racing and diving feats Saturday evening at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool as they sped to the Class B girls state title. MDI, in winning the school’s first swim title since 1989, scored 375 points in the 14-event …

State swim championships begin Saturday

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 17, 2011, at 10:20 p.m.
  The training season is finished. The descending sets, the pace sets, the circle sets and the broken swims have all have been swum. Now is the time to race as the state’s swimming and diving state championships will be held Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. On Saturday, at the University …

Rested UMaine swimmers set for America East Championship

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 16, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.
The University of Maine swimmers and divers compete beginning Thursday evening in the 2011 America East Championship scheduled for the Germantown (Md.) Indoor Swim Center. The AE Championship continues through Sunday. The facility, open 14 hours a day, seven days a week for 50 weeks a year, includes 10 25-yard …
MDI High School's Emma Soucek swims the backstroke leg of the girls 200 individual medley during the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship in Bangor Saturday afternoon.  Soucek finished second with the time of 2 minutes 26.80 seconds.

Bangor girls roll to PVC swim title

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 13, 2011, at 7:57 p.m.
  Country Western legend Jerry Reed sang “When You’ re Hot, You’re Hot” to Billboard’s music ranking in the 1970s. On Saturday, coach Cindi Howard’s Bangor High swimmers and divers were hot in their swimming and in their diving, particularly in the opening and closing relays as the Rams comfortably won …

PVC swim championships Friday and Saturday

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 10, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.
Championship racing for Maine’s local interscholastic swimmers begins Friday at Husson University in Bangor with the Penobscot Valley Conference boys championship. Saturday, the PVC girls meet will be swum, also at Husson. For those swimmers who are a stroke or two away from achieving the state-meet time standards, the PVC …

Bangor girls swim team starts fast, finishes strong

By Robby MacDonald on Feb. 03, 2011, at 6:27 p.m.
Cindi Howard, coach of the Bangor High girls swim team, subscribes to the coaching strategy that the first event, the 200 medley relay, establishes the tone for the meet, particularly in a keenly competitive meet. So, in the Rams’ recent meet against the always-quick Mount Desert Island team, Howard entered …

Florida practices beneficial for Maine swim team

By Robby MacDonald on Jan. 13, 2011, at 5:23 p.m.
Poet Robert Frost in his “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” speaks of “miles to go before I sleep.” For the University of Maine swimmers, it was the meters and meters that they swam that helped them sleep during their 10 days of intensive training in Florida. “It definitely …
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