Maine swimmer Wells gains Big Ten honor

Maine native James Wells, a sophomore at Indiana University, has been named to the Big Ten’s all-conference first team in swimming.
Wells won the 100 backstroke at the Big Ten championship in 46.3 seconds, a pool record at the University of Iowa, host of the Big Ten championship.
The Hoosiers finished third in the championship won by the University of Michigan.
Wells, a former swimmer at Morse High in Bath, finished fifth in the 200 back at 1:43.8, although he clocked at 1:42.9 in the trials. As a member of IU’s 200 medley relay, Well opened with a 21.5 backstroke leg and the relay gained fourth at 1:25.7. He also anchored IU’s fifth-place 400 free relay (2:55.6) with a 43.6 split.

Hodsdon sets New England record
Brewer’s Jessica Hodsdon, a swimmer at Bentley University,  set a New England championship meet record recently with a 1:03.5 first place 100 breaststroke. The sophomore also claimed second in the 100 butterfly at 56.8. Her 28.5 breaststroke leg on the 200 medley relay contributed to the relay’s first place and to the 1:47 school record.
She nabbed fourth in the 200 breaststroke at 2:25.3 and split 1:03.6 on Bentley’s 3:55.2 winning  400 medley relay. Hodsdon and her teammates won the team title.

UMaine assistant to coach Western St. College
UMaine’s Brad Smith, an assistant swimming coach for the Black Bears, has been named head coach of the women’ swimming and diving program,  according to Western State College (Colo.) athletic director Greg Waggoner.
Smith will restart a program that last competed in 1984. Prior to his tenure at UMaine, Smith was the coach and aquatics director at the Greater Burlington YMCA. Smith is a 2007 graduate of the University of Vermont.
He will begin his duties March 1.

Trafton strong at NESCAC meet
At the New England Small Conference Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving championships, former John Bapst of Bangor swimmer Ryan Trafton, swimming for Colby College, scored in the finals of the 50-yard butterfly at 23.3. The senior also placed in the 100-yard butterfly with a 52.3.
Also at the championship meet, Bowdoin’s Nate Mecray, who swam for coach Bob Hale at Greely High in Cumberland Center, finished second in the 50 free 20.8 and in the 100 breaststroke 56.9