University of Maine swimmers swam 86,000 meters of long course (50 meters) workouts during their swim practices in Florida during semester break.
In addition to their water work, the Black Bears also trained on dry land seven of the nine days.
“We had enough time to get done what we needed to get done and we had enough time to add the new sets we wanted to introduce,” Maine coach Susan Lizzotte explained. “Our intervals for some of our sets were faster than we have done in the past and our 400 individual medley sets particularly excited some of swimmers.”
Lizzotte now is transitioning her team to 25-yard training, preparing for the remainder of the dual season and the championship season, which is four weeks away.
“We are building back into yards by swimming 75s and 125s,” Lizzotte said.,
Additionally, following the demanding training period, Lizzotte has prioritized fundamentals of stroke mechanics and start-and-turn work in recent practices.
Yuri Chornobil, Maine’a talented distance swimmer, has returned from his academic study abroad and will compete for the Black Bears this semester.
Emery praises assistants
While coach Phil Emery’s Bangor swim squad defeated a strong Cheverus High team, last year’s runner up, in a dual meet last week, Emery noted the Rams need improvement in turn and starts streamlining. On the other hand, Emery praised the work of his assistants coaches Jared Lizzotte and Dave Barnett.
“Coach Lizzotte is doing a great job with our divers. We have six divers and five have qualified for the state meet. They are improving daily.” Emery said. “The lane 6 swimmers (first-year racers) are making great strides under coach Barnett.”
Masters meet at Husson
Husson University will host the Husson Eagles Masters Meet Sunday beginning at noon. Seventeen events comprise the program, including a medley relay. Interested participants are to contact Thomas Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will accepted on the deck.