Robby MacDonald

 

Pair to be inducted in Maine Swimming Hall of Fame

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN on March 25, 2013, at 6:21 p.m.
Falmouth’s Katie Mailman, a 1995 competitor in the United States Diving Nationals, and Jay Morissette, the highly successful coach of the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath YMCA, will be inducted into the Maine Swimming Hall of Fame later this spring. Mailman, a high school All-American in 1995, won …

Coach Lizzotte happy with efforts of UMaine men’s team

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN on Dec. 30, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.
As the University of Maine swimmers enter the intense long-course (50-meter) training period during semester break, the men’s performance during the first semester prompts commendation from coach Susan Lizzotte. “All around the men have been great. They want to get better and they are willing to do the work necessary,” …

Bath’s Wells holding his own in Big Ten swimming

By Robby MacDonald on Nov. 24, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
Former Maine interscholastic elite swimmer James Wells of Bath, swimming as a sophomore for Indiana University, holds the third-fastest 100 backstroke time in the Big Ten (48.7 seconds) after several weeks of dual-meet action. Most recently, Wells and the Hoosiers (4-2) defeated Penn State and the University of Virginia. In …

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. …

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, Hodsdon among nation’s top 50 college swimmers

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 24, 2010, at 4:21 p.m.
James Wells, Maine’s fastest interscholastic swimmer in several events a year ago for Morse High in Bath, is ranked 49th in America in the men’s NCAA Division I 100-yard backstroke at 49.0 seconds. Interestingly, three Indiana University teammates of Wells are ranked in the top 50 swimmers in the 100-yard …

Bangor starts swim season with PVC relay victory

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 16, 2010, at 5:44 p.m.
Phil Emery’s 42nd year of coaching at Bangor High opened Saturday with a win at the annual Penobscot Valley Conference Relay Carnival held at the University of Maine. “I thought we did very well for this point of the season. We haven’t trained real hard, yet,” Emery said. “We have …

Positive attitudes buoy UMaine swimmers

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 28, 2010, at 5:49 p.m.
“We have positive attitudes. We like to have fun and they are training hard,” University of Maine swim coach Susan Lizotte said. The Black Bears travel to Rhode Island for a Friday dual meet against Bryant University and then race Saturday at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. Friday’s …