Wells excels for Indiana at Big 10 Championships

Former Morse High swimmer James Wells won the 100-yard backstroke for the Indiana University Hoosiers with a time of 46 seconds at the recent Big 10 Championships in Bloomington, Ind.
Wells, a winner of the title a year ago, established a  Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center pool record in the trials of the event with a 45.5 clocking.
He also finished sixth in the 200 back at 1:42.2, splitting 49.8 at the 100-yard turn. He also finished in 20.1 in the 50 free and split 19.6 in the Hoosiers’ third place 200-free relay (1:17.9).
Indiana placed second at the Big Ten  Championship behind Michigan. In the most recent Division I poll, Michigan is ranked third in the nation.
UMaine competes in ECAC meet
Members of the Maine swim teams, following their successful participation in the the America East Conference championship where the Black Bears turned in 17 school record-setting swims, competed at the ECAC meet held at Harvard University.
The Black Bears continued their impressive racing at ECAC meet. Two area local swimmers were among the Black Bears competing. Lauren Dwyer finished in 24.6 in the 50 free to score in the finals.
In the trials, the Orono High graduate sped to a 24.3. Frosh Matt England of Bangor finished a very successful first year  of racing for the Black Bears with a 1:52.8 in the 200 backstroke.
Greene, Huber honored
Mount Desert diver Will Greene and Bangor diver Elizabeth Huber have been selected Penobscot Valley Conference Divers of the Year for the 2012-13 season. Meanwhile, Bangor swimmers Emma Waddell and David Smallwood have been recognized as PVC Swimmers of the Year.
Carbone in Big 12 final
At the Big 12 Championship, won by the Texas Longhorns, Ian Carbone recorded a 1:52.2 in the 200 individual medley,  a 54.7 in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:01.4 200 breaststroke. Carbone, who competes for Texas, swam for Mount Desert High High School. The Longhorns, in the
national poll released prior to the Big 12 meet, were the number one ranked team in the country.
Colby recognized
Four hundred and fifty seven  swim teams  from 318 colleges and universities received recognition from the College Swim Coaches Association for first-semester GPAs. On the Division III top-10 recognition list are the Colby College Mules. The men’s team recorded the seventh highest GPA at 3.38 while the women’s GPA of 3:52  recorded the eighth’s highest GPA.