University of Maine swimmers and divers are ranked among the America East leaders based on early-season racing in league meets.
The Black Bears’ Kara Capossella leads AE 1-meter divers with 246.29 points for six dives. She has the recorded the second highest total in the 3-meter at 252.47 points.
Erica Smrcina, a butterflyer, holds the second fastest 100-yard swim with a 57.8. Naja Harvey’s 1:06.3 is the third fastest 100-yard breaststroke time and her 2:27.4 is the AE’s fourth fastest swim.
Former Orono High swimmer Lauren Dwyer has opened the season with impressive swims for the Black Bears, placing her among the speediest in AE. Her 25.4 50 free along with a 54.1 in the 100 free and a 1:56.2 in the 200 free are among the leaders.
Cam Dwyer, brother of Lauren and a freshman, is among the leaders in the 50 back (25.8) as is former Bangor High swimmer Matt England at 25.6.
The Black Bear men are 1-2 while the women are 1-4 following a loss Saturday to Vermont.
The University of Maine’s Stanley Wallace pool has been selected as the host site for the 2012-13 America East Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled for Feb. 14-17.
Mainers competing for top-10 schools
Former Maine high school swimming standouts Ian Carbone and James Wells are competing for college swim teams which are ranked in nation’s top 10 among NCAA Division I teams.
Ian Carbone, who swam for Mount Desert High, is now swimming for the the University of Texas Longhorns, who are ranked fourth in the latest national poll released earlier this month.
Wells, who swam for Morse High in Bath, is a member of the seventh-ranked Indiana Hoosiers.
In an early-season meet, Carbone and the Longhorns defeated Indiana 185-115. In that meet, Carbone raced a 58.1-second time and finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke. Wells finished second in the 100 backstroke (48.3) and also recorded a 20.9 50 free (eighth) and a 50.9 100 butterfly (seventh).
The national poll ranked the University of Michigan as the number one team.
Pacheo named Colby assistant
At Colby College, Franco Pacheo has been named assistant coach for men’s and women’s swimming. Pacheo had been an assistant at Villanova University. He has coached swimmers in the Canadian Olympic Trials and he will coordinate Colby’s recruiting for both the men and the women. The White Mules are coached by Tom Burton.