Husson University swimmers and divers competed in the Greater Northeast Conference championship held at Simmons College in Boston over the weekend and returned to campus with several medals.
Eagle diver Martina Bosse won gold in the 1-meter diving with 187 points for six dives.The Brewer High graduate won the GNAC 1-meter event a year ago as well.
Coach Bruce Babin’s Eagles claimed a silver in the 200 backstroke from Erin Benner (2 minutes, 26.1 seconds), who also finished fourth in the 50 back (31.2) and fifth in the 100 back.(108.2).
Senior Meg Call also scored points for the fifth-place Husson squad with seventh-place touches in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes.
Simmons won the GNAC title.
Maine men win URI meet
Coach Susan Lizzotte’s University of Maine men won the University of Rhode Island Invitational last weekend with 771 points, two more than Bryant and Providence.
“It was amazing. It just showed what believing and pulling together can do,” Lizzotte said.
After strong performances Friday evening, the Black Bears swam even more competitively Saturday following Eric Gaulin’s 100 butterfly.
“Eric went out with the field and then buried the field on the second half, “Lizzotte said.
Gaulin finished with a 53.3 victory.
The Black Bear men feature 15 swimmers from Maine age-group and or high school swimming backgrounds. They received gold medals from Northport’s Gaulin, South Berwick’s Dave Vittori with a 10:07 in the 1,000 free and from Bangor’s Matt England 54.5 in the 100 back.
In the 400 individual medley, Ryan Fahey grabbed a second with a 4:17.9 as did Oakland’s Sergey Terrio in the 200 butterfly at 1:59.
“Ninety-five percent of the men swam in season-best times,” Lizzotte noted.
The Maine women, fourth-place finishers in the meet, received a gold from Kara Capossella in the 3-meter diving and Bangor’s Ashley Higgins was third.
“Ashley had a great meet. It should be a boost to her confidence,” Lizzotte said.
The swimmer of the meet for the women was Maine’s Kayla Merchant.
“No question she had a great meet. She was on a roll,” Lizzotte said of the Bangor Christian graduate.
Merchant, a sophomore, raced a 5:22 in 500 free along with a 1:03 in 100 back and a 2:15 in the 200 back.
Jen Trodden (1:09 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:29 in the 200 breaststroke), Kara Dubiel ( 1:59 in the 200 free) and frosh Taylor Sharp also were impressive in their racing, Lizzotte added.
SWIM NOTEBOOK: Ian Carbone of Mount Desert swam a 56.6 in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:05.1 in the 200 breaststroke for the University of Texas at the ATT Winter Nationals last weekend that was hosted by the Longhorns.