Thomas, Hodsdon compete in NCAA national meets

Erin Thomas and Jessica Hodsdon, two of the state’s top swimmers, recently concluded fine collegiate seasons.
Former Bangor High swimmer and Maine age group swimmer Thomas finished her swimming career at Penn State in the NCAA Division I nationals. Thomas swam the third leg of PSU’s 14th-place 400-free relay. Thomas split 49.2 seconds on the 3:16.9 relay. She also competed in the 200 free and swam a fast 1:47.6. The Nittany Lions finished 22nd in the championship meet held in Auburn, Ala., and won by the University of California.
Meanwhile, Brewer’s Hodsdon, a junior at Bentley College, closed her season by competing in the NCAA Division II nationals held at the Mansfield natatorium in Mansfield, Texas. Hodsdon swam in the 100- and the 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 100 butterfly.
In the 100 breaststroke, the Bentley record holder clocked a 1:05.5 to finish 25th and in the 200 breaststroke she touched in 2:25.6 to finish 28th.
The Mansfield natatorium belongs to the Mansfield School District and includes eight  50-meter lanes and 21 25-yard lanes as well as a diving pool.

Swim notebook
— Maine Swimming will again this year award two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high seniors who pursue postsecondary education and who compete in college swimming. Applications must
be received no later April 12. Winners will be announced April 28th at the Maine Swimming banquet and Maine Hall of Fame induction. Applications and further information are available on the Maine Swimming website, maineswimming.org
— Seven time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong recently competed in a masters swimming meet hosted by Longhorn Aquatics. The cyclist raced in the 40-44 age group 500 yard free and finished in 5:08.1. Armstrong indicated he will compete in the masters nationals April 26-28 in Greensboro, N.C.