Rocco Aceto

Rocco Aceto began his swimming career for the Pine Tree Swim Club of the Portland YMCA in the mid 1970’s for Ernie Tarling (former Harold Paulson athlete).  

Rocco quickly established his total dominance of both the YMCA and AAU swimming leagues.  At the end of his 10 year old season he held every Maine YMCA/AAU state record.  He matched that accomplishment at the end of his 12 year old season and at the end of his 14 year old season broke 90% of those state records. He set several YMCA New England records and  was a New England champion 12 times in five years.  He narrowly missed the YMCA national record in the 100 IM when he was 10.  

In 1979 at 14, he qualified for YMCA nationals in many events but placed as high as 18th in the 50 free with a state record that still stands today (22.35).

Rocco attended high school at the Peddie Prep School in New Jersey becoming a prep school All American all four years of school. Rocco went on to attend the University of North Carolina State University setting school and conference records as well as being an NCAA 1 qualifier all four seasons and an All American his junior and senior years.  He was an Olympic Trials Qualifier for the 1988 team.

He went on to coach both club and university teams.  He coached many state record breakers and many NCAA 1 championship qualifiers including four Olympic Trials qualifying swimmers. He currently coaches in Florida where he lives with his wife and children.

Duffy Ackerley

A founding member of the Maine Swimming Officials Association where he has served as president, vice president, and as an executive committee member for over 30 years, Duffy has served as a high school official since 1966. In his MSOA leadership role, he has been an instructor for aspiring officials for more than three decades.


For 20 years, he directed one of Maine's four Maine Principals' Association Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.


In addition, he has refereed both swimming and diving and started at MPA state meets while also officiating at numerous New England Interscholastic Championships.


In 2013, the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association awarded Duffy the Lawrence Labrie Distinguished  Service Award.


The former YMCA age group coach began officiating YMCA meets in 1968. With over 30 years experience as a YMCA state meet referee and Y instructor for officials, the Auburn, Maine native has officiated at the YMCA New England Championships and as a starter at the YWCA national championship.


Throughout his career, he has served on various Y boards and committees at the state and local level.


Selected as the starter at the U. S. Swimming Eastern Zone Championships, Duffy, in 1973, earned his collegiate officiating certification. 


He has officiated both NCAA Division 1 and Division III dual meets, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championship as well as the America East Conference Championship.


A past officer in the University of Maine Swimming and Diving Endowment group, he has been a long time supporter of swimming and diving at the University of Maine.

Katrine Alcaidee

Katrine Alcaide, the 2014 World Masters champion in the short course meters (30-34 ) 50 freestyle (26.9), excelled as an age group swimmer for the Bath YMCA and the Long Reach Swim Club, won five Maine interscholastic individual gold medals in three years, and established UMaine records  in the 50 and 100 yard free competing for the Black Bears.

In addition to her 2014 gold medal, Alcaide received six All American Masters recognitions  in individual events.  She earned her first  All American honors racing for the Bath YMCA where she collected four YMCA All American distinctions. 

As the 2000 YMCA Nationals, Alcaide finished fifth in the 50 yard free (23.96).

During her YMCA career  she won 15 Y State Meet titles and set 15 Maine Y records.  The three time United States Swimming  Junior National Qualifier also qualified for the prestigious United States Open Championship. 

As an interscholastic swimmer at Brunswick High, Alcaide continued her dominating racing. In 1996, she was named  the Maine Principals’ Association  Swimmer of the  Meet  at the championship competition. Two years later, she set a 50 yard free record (24.31), won her second MPA Swimmer of the Meet award, and  claimed the Kennebec Valley Athletic  Conference  Swimmer of the Meet honor. 

A UMaine  Scholar Athlete, Alcaide won three America East Conference individual titles . In 2001, she finished first (23.86) in the 50 yard free and (52.64)  in the 100 yard free. She defended her 50 yard freestyle title in 2002 with a 24.12 victory.

Maureen Berube

Maureen swam for the Auburn YMCA age group team from seven years old until she graduated from Edward Little High School in 1981.  

State Meet High School records in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and still holds team records at Edward Little High School in all of the freestyle events.  

She was the first Maine school girl swimmer to go under 2:00 minutes in the 200 yard freestyle  (1:57).  

She was the first Maine girl swimmer to place in the YMCA Nationals in 1979.  

She was State Meet Champion all four years of her high school career.  

She was the state of Maine and New England YMCA Champion in all age groups during her age group career.  

She never lost a high school dual meet race in four years of high school competition.  

She was the most dominant girl swimmer of her time in Maine.

Cindy Bowie

Cyndie Bowie has the distinction of being the first Maine female swimmer to qualify, compete, and score at the YMCA National Swimming Championships.


In 1973, Bowie qualified for the YMCA national meet held in Ft. Lauderdale in the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard butterfly. Competing for the Portland YMCA, Bowie finished 12th in the 200 fly (2:27.37) in the field of 70 swimmers.


When her YMCA swimming career concluded she had established no less than 20 state and league records.


As a member of Portland's Pine Tree Swim Club, Bowie set 13 state 25-yard records as well as 13 long course meter records. In 1971, she set a New England AAU 100 butterfly long course record.


A four-year member of Donald  Richard's Cape Elizabeth High teams, Bowie set numerous pool and team records during her tenure including a 1:03 100-yard butterfly in 1976. The Capers finished second in 1976 at the Maine Principals' Association State Championship held at Colby College.

Bowie swam collegiately as a Nittany Lion at Penn State for two years.

Scott Bowie

The first Maine interscholastic swimmer to break five minutes in the 500 freestyle with a 4:50.2 performance and the first swimmer to eclipse two minutes in the 200 individual medley at 1:59.7, Scott Bowie set interscholastic state records  in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle in addition to the 500 free and 200 IM.

His junior year competing for Cape Elizabeth High, coached by Donald Richards, (MSDHOF inductee)  Bowie won the New England Interscholastic Championship in the 200 IM.

 Bowie, winner of the Harold Paulson Swimmer of the Meet award for his performances in the 1979 Maine Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship,  had his 1979  sub two minute  200 IM recognized as the Hertz # 1 Outstanding High School Sports Performance in Maine .

At the time of his MSDHOF  induction, he remained listed among Cape Elizabeth High’s all time top sixteen performers in six individual events.

Swimming for Occidental College in California, a member of the NCAA Division 3, Bowie was an All Conference swimmer in each of his four years of competition and was an NCAA Division 3 national qualifier.

While at Occidental, he set school records in the 400 individual medley 

(4:19.1) and the 200 backstroke (1:59.6). In 1981, he was the conference gold medalist in the 200 backstroke.

He was a 4 time NCAA Division 3 Academic All- American.

Bowie started his swimming career in 1970  under Ernie Tarling at Portland’s Pine Tree Swim Club . Following his success on state record freestyle relays as a 10 and under and as an 11 & 12 year old, he moved his club association to the Nautilus Swim Club in Cape Elizabeth led by Richards and Tom Nelson. At Nautilus, he set multiple  Maine AAU records including the 400 IM, 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, 1650 freestyle , 200 freestyle and as a member of a record setting 200 medley relay.

In 1982, he competed in  the Hawaiian IronMan Triathlon World Championship and was the second swimmer out of the water behind six time world champion David Scott.

Charles Butt

Charlie Butt, born in China, set 3 Chinese national swimming records. He was named to the 1948 Chinese Olympic Swimming Team and was a member of the Chinese National basketball team, although he did not compete in the 1948 Games. 


After arriving in the United States from Shanghai, Charlie Butt enrolled at Springfield College where he was an All American soccer player and captain of both the tennis and swimming teams. Following graduation, he assisted Springfield head coach Charles "Red" Silvia, an International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.


In 1961, he was selected as swimming coach at Bowdoin College.  During his distinguished 39 year coaching career at Bowdoin from 1961-2000, Charlie guided the Polar Bear men's teams to a 198-162 dual meet record. His 1961-62 team was undefeated and placed second in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championship.


The 2001 Bowdoin Hall of Fame inductee coached 28 NCAA Division III All American men to over 100 titles. Six of his men's teams finished in the NCAA top twenty including two fourth place finishes. 


In the New England Small College Conference (NESCAC) competition, the Polar Bears recorded eight top three finishes. Two of his swimmers won NCAA Division III individual titles and the 1976 Polar Bear 400 free relay won the gold medal.


In 1976, 1982, 1988, and 1990, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association recognized the Polar Bear mentor as  "Coach of Year. "


Bowdoin named Charlie the Polar Bear's first women's coach in 1976. The women's teams compiled a 132-65 dual meet record under his direction.


The 1987-88 women's team won the NESCAC championship and nine Bowdoin teams finished in the top three at the NESCAC meet.


In the NCAA Division III national competition, Polar Bear Lisa McGrath (83) won 3 individual titles.  During Charlie's tenure twelve swimmers earned All American awards.


Charlie, who chaired the World University Games Committee for both Mexico City and Rome, in 1985, received the Richard Steadman Award. Given by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the College Swim Coaches Association, and CSCA Forum, the award recognizes a coach who has done the most to spread the enjoyment in the sport of swimming and diving.


From 1961-1998 Charlie was a member of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Committee and chaired the Committee for four years. A member of the United States Olympic Committee for two years, Charlie received the CSCA Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Swimming Award in 1980.


The world champion squash player, who won 20 national squash titles, was selected as the meet referee for the NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championship. Similarly, he served as the meet referee at the YMCA national swimming championship.  In 1998, Charles received the YMCA Joseph C. Rogers Award for accomplishment, dedication and excellence in YMCA swimming and diving.


Bowdoin named the women's Most Valuable Swimmer Award in honor of Charlie and also named the Greason Pool Office at Bowdoin the "Charlie Butt Room." 

Dennis Connolly

For 50 years and more Dennis Connolly’s career directing aquatic programs and coaching swimming in Maine and in Florida has been remarkable.

The former South Portland High swimmer began his coaching career in 1972 at Portland’s Cheverus High. Three years later, he started the first age group program at Westbrook, the Bluefins. In 1981, he assumed heading coaching duties for the Westbrook Seals following a merger with the Bluefins. 

During his 16  year tenure as head coach, the Seals won both Maine Age Group winter and summer titles for ten consecutive years, 1983-1993.

While coaching the Seals Connolly was selected to lead a Maine All-Star team for USS Swimming.  He also served the  Westbrook community as the middle school athletic director, aquatic manager, middle school swim coach,  and for fifteen years he coached Westbrook’s varsity swim team. In 1988, he led the Blue Blazes to the Maine Principal’s  Association  swimming and diving  state championship. 

In 1997, Connolly accepted the pool director’s position at the North County Aquatic Complex in Jupiter,  Florida where he coordinated the Special Olympics for Palm Beach County. He returned to head swim  coaching in 2008 at Jupiter High. HIs swimmers excelled with seven receiving All American honors and 53 earning All State recognitions.

In 10 of 11 years, he was selected as Palm Beach County  Coach of the Year. The Sun Sentinel Newspaper named Connolly Coach of the Year in 2021. A year earlier, the Palm Beach Post recognized him with a similar distinction .

Competing in the Florida High School Athletic Association, Connolly’s teams won regional titles in 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2019. His teams dominated the FHSAA district championships

collecting crowns in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

At Jupiter High, the past president of the Maine Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association also coached water polo for four seasons.

Presently, Connolly serves as the head swim coach at Treasure Coast High School in Port St.Lucie, Florida. 

Jock Coombs

John “Jock” Coombs learned to swim at the Bangor YMCA in 1964 from instructor Betty Solórzano.  At age 7 he joined the Bangor Y team under Coach Fred Pierce for the 1966-67 season and in his first meet he earned his first ribbon in the 25 breaststroke.  At the 1969 AAU Junior Olympics meet he won the 11-12 age group high point award by winning 5 races.  By the end of his Y career in 1973 he had set 1 state record in the intermediate 100 free (53.1) and as part of the intermediate 200 medley relay.                                 

  In his first year of high school swimming during the 74-75 season as a sophomore, he helped lead the team to a state and New England team title. He set state records in the 200 free (1:50.11), 500 free (5:12.281) and was a member of the state and New England record setting 400 free relay (3:21.09 splitting a 49.3 for his leg).  In his junior year he set the state meet and state record in the 200 IM (2:07.126) resetting the record at New England’s finishing 2nd with a time of 2:06.097.  In the 100 free he set a state mark with a time of 48.811.  Bangor finished 2nd at the state meet and 3rd at New England’s.  In his senior year he established a newz meet and state record in the 200 IM (2:05.695) and a new state meet record in the 100 free (49.789).  He also anchored Bangor’s state meet 400 free relay team with a come from behind victory over Hebron to also win the meet for Bangor splitting a 48.1. At that year’s New England meet he set a new state record in the 200 IM (2:05.00) and tied for first in the 100 free setting a new meet, state and team record of 48.8 but was awarded 2nd place via a judge’s decision.  He set many Bangor records.

  As a member of the men’s team at Springfield College he was an NCAA D-2 championship qualifier in the 100 free in both 1979 and 1980.  He also earned All American status as part of the college’s 400 free relay team.  In 1978 he was named a member of the All New England team.  He was also the school record holder in the 200 IM (2:00.1).  In 1978 and 1981 he was voted Springfield’s outstanding student-athlete and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1981.  Coach Charles Smith noted about John “John always did his best and encouraged everyone else to do their best.  He would never give up and always believed he would win.”

  Currently living in New York State with his wife Lorie, John coached one year of high school swimming (Marlboro H.S.) and he started the N.Y. state swim ranking system for boys and girls also tracking teams/rosters/and all meet results for the state. His web related H.S. swimming links registered over 20 million hits for the 2010-11 season!  

George Crimmins

George started his teaching career in Brunswick in 1936 and retired in 1970.   During his many years at Brunswick, he coached basketball, baseball, track, football, swimming and was a longtime athletic director.

George coached swimming at Brunswick High School for 38 years.  During this time his team won eleven State Swimming Championships and were runners-up eight times.  

He served as State Meet Director for 28 years, New England Swimming Director for two years and an official of the National Collegiate Swimming Championships.  He served as president of the Maine Swim Coaches Association and New England Coaches Association.  

In 1962, George received the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award.  He is survived by his sister H. Martha Crimmins and his son Thomas Crimmins.

Bruce Crock

Bruce Crock began swimming for the MDI YMCA Sharks in 1980 under Coach Lenny Demuro.  Bruce totally dominated the YMCA swim league all of his age group career, only slightly challenged in his later seasons.  


By the time his Y swim career was over he held 100 percent of the 8 andunder state records, 100 percent of the 9-10 year old state records, 70 percent of the 11-12 year old state records, 85 percent of the 13-14 year old state records, and 60 percent of the senior age state records.  


He set three New England Individual Records that still stand today and was a part of two New England relay records.  Bruce also earned over 40 YMCA national top 16 rankings.  


In the spring of 1992, Bruce finished 2nd at the YMCA National championships and 6th in the 200 breaststroke.  At the 1992 summer Long Course Nationals he finished first in the 50 meter breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 breaststroke.  Most of his Y state records stand to this day.  Bruce has many Maine pool records and 99 percent of his Y team's team records.


In the  Maine AAU/US swimming league, Bruce was again a dominant age group swimmer holding 81 percent of the 10 and under records, 40 percent of the 11-12 age state records, 42 percent of the 13-14 age state records, and 50 percent of the senior age state records.  Bruce constantly inspired many others to swim fast while he was a swimmer.  


Bruce made the league's All Star Meet in the 10 and younger age group as an eight year old and then every year until he graduated from high school.  Bruce won many zone meet titles and set four individual zone records.  As a 14 year old in the 50 freestyle, Bruce’s time placed him third in the All-Time Top 100 in the nation.  Bruce still has many All-Time Top 100 rankings!


As a high school swimmer, Bruce set or held eight school records and is part of all three school relay records.  He has set many PVC records, and held or was part of four Maine high school state records and was defeated only once in his four years at MDI High School.  Bruce won Maine high school swimmer of the year in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.


Bruce went on to swim for Princeton University, graduating in 1995 with a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture and qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 Breaststroke.  Though missing making the team he produced the fastest 50 Breaststroke split of the meet.  Bruce was a collegiate All American in 1995 in four different events.  Bruce was also on the University record board as part of the 200 Medley Relay.  Bruce is listed on several of Princeton University’s All Time Top Ten lists.  He was the team’s captain in 1995.


Bruce is married with two children and lives in Fairfax, California.

Ian Crocker

Racing in the 2003 World Aquatic Championships Ian Crocker became the first swimmer to break 51 seconds in the 100 meter butterfly. (50.98).


A member of the United States Olympic Teams in 2000, 2004, and 2008, Crocker won three gold medals as a member of America's 400 medley relay at each of the Olympics. Two of the relays established world records.


At the 2004 Olympics, Crocker claimed a silver medal in the 100 meter butterfly and added a bronze medal as a member of the United States 400 free relay.


A year later in 2005 in Montreal, Crocker set a world record in the 100 meter fly (50.40).  In a 2015 Swimming World article, Crocker's performance was described as the equivalent of Bob Beamon's 1968 long jump or Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 100-point basketball game.


During his World Championship career competition, Crocker amassed eight gold medals and five silver. Crocker's talents earned the former Portland YMCA swimmer three gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. Following his 100 butterfly swim at the 2005 Pan Pacific Championships, Crocker collected the USA Swimming Male Performance of the Year Award.


A seven time National A Team (2000-06) and a two time National B squad member (1998-99), Crocker received the 1998 Spring Nationals Rookie of the Meet.


A University of Texas Longhorn where he trained under highly respected Eddie Reese, the butterfly specialist won ten NCAA titles including four consecutive 100 fly gold medals and set an NCAA record in the 100 fly. He was a member of the Texas NCAA record 400 medley relay. In addition, Crocker collected 21 Big 12 titles and earned 24 All American recognitions. His senior year he was voted NCAA Swimmer of the Year. He was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor for his achievements.


The International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee competed inter scholastically for Portland's Cheverus High in 1997 and set two Maine records in the 100 free and 100 butterfly.


After setting ten age group state records swimming for the Portland YMCA, Crocker transferred in 1995-96 to the Portland Porpoise Swim Club. As a member of the Porpoises, he dominated Maine swimming, establishing 31 state yard records, 12 short course meters records, and 19 long course meter records. Among his records as an age group competitor were the 13-14 200 yard free (1:39.20) and the 100 yard butterfly (50.73).

Santo D'Ascanio

Santo D'Ascanio began competing at age 12 for Harold Paulson and the Portland Boys Club during its inaugural season of 1932.

He was a four-time Maine AAU diving champion.  During his diving career, he compiled a record of 160 wins against five losses; three coming before he was 14 years old.

He won the Maine High School Diving title in 1933 as a freshman at Deering High School. 

He transferred to Portland High School as a sophomore and went on to win three more state titles, setting state diving score records each year. 

He won two New England diving titles and two All American rankings in 1935 and 1936.  He was Honorable Mention All American in 1934.

He went on to help coach diving for the Portland Boys Club and Portland High School until graduating from Officer Candidate School and becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving in Europe during WWII.

Lenny DeMuro

Lenny graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1962 and went on to graduate from Bowdoin College in 1966 after learning to swim in order to pass the required swimming test.  Lenny went on to get a job as a school teacher in Bar Harbor.  


In 1975, almost by default he was hired as the MDI Y swim coach.  In his 25 years as the head coach at MDI Y, Lenny’s team finished in the state's top three most of those seasons and finished second three times.  


MDI won the AAU/US swim league's state championship in 1988, 1989 and 1991.  Lenny’s team has had almost 50 divisional team titles in the Y league and swimmers from his teams dominated the Y league state records list for his entire coaching career including five state records in his first season.  At one point 80 percent of the boy state records were MDI swimmers.  


MDI won four New England divisional team titles and produced over 30 New England Individual Champions.  MDI swimmers also set five New England records, some of which still stand today. 


Twenty-five MDI swimmers under Lenny’s tutelage qualified for the National YMCA Championships including 1992 when MDI swimmer Bruce Crock was the National Champion in the 50 meter breaststroke.  Bruce also finished 2nd in the 1992 short course nationals in the 100 breaststroke and a 6th place finish in the 200 breaststroke.  


Many of Lenny’s swimmers have gone on to successful collegiate swim careers and in 1996 former MDI star Bruce Crock qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke.  Lenny accompanied Bruce to the trials and though Bruce missed making the team he did produce the fastest 50 split of the meet during the 100 breaststroke.  


Lenny was voted U.S. League Coach of the Year in 1996 by his peers and in 1987 MDI Y was awarded the team sportsmanship award by the league.  Lenny coached the MDI high school boys and girls teams from 1981-86 and 1996-98.  The MDI girls team won the state title in 1982 and 1987.  Lenny was the assistant high school boys team coach for the 2004 state championship team.  Lenny was voted high school coach of the year in 1982 and 1984.


Lenny was the Maine US/AAU swim league General Chairman 1985-87, Head Maine Zone Coach 1980-89  and 1992-96 and Zone Meet Director in 1987.  He has been an influential leader in Bar Harbor for countless kids as a coach in a wide variety of youth sports over the years from football to Little League. 

Karen Dionne

Karen began her swimming career at the Bath YMCA in 1975 under Coach Guy Saucier. She quickly began establishing team records.  

By age 15, she held every LRSC team record and 6 YMCA state records and 2 AAU state records. She was the Maine 1981 senior high point winner and a 2 time Y national’s swimmer. As a 14 year old she was a #7 nationally ranked swimmer in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.55). Her family moved to Oklahoma where she became a member of the Phillips 66 Splash Club. She was a 4 year junior nationals swimmer and set many team and Oklahoma state records. She was named Oklahoma swimmer of the year in 1984.

In 1981, as a freshman at Morse High School, she became Maine’s first sub 25 second 50 freestyle swimmer, with a state record time of 24.69 which stood for 13 years. She was also Maine’s first sub 1:10 100 breaststroke swimmer in State record time of 1:09.02. She was also named Maine school girl swimmer of the year for 1981. Both events earned her All American consideration. As a swimmer at Bartlesville High School, she was a high school All State and All American all 3 years. She was named Oklahoma swimmer of the year for 1983 and 1984. In her 4 years of high school swimming she was undefeated.

The University of Kansas’ first full scholarship incoming freshman swimmer in the fall of 1985, Karen went on to become the Big 8 100 breaststroke champion (1:04.96) and was an NCAA division 1 All American in the 200 Medley and 200 Free relays. Her 100 breaststroke time also qualified her for the 1988 Olympic trials. 

In the fall of 1986, a tragic car accident cut her swimming career short. She eventually earned her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from U Kansas. She has gone on to council others who have survived similar injuries and served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association in Kansas City, Chairwoman of the Traumatic Advisory Board in Topeka. In 2007, Karen was selected by the Governor of Kansas to be a member of the Kansas State Rehabilitation Council.

She is married to Todd Fitzpatrick and they have 1 son (Davis) and currently live in Stilwell, Kansas.

Philip Emery

Phil Emery is a 1964 graduate of Bangor High School and a 1968 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.  He was a member of the first Bangor High School swim team that started in 1961 and was captain of the team in 1964.  In high school, Phil was undefeated in the 50 Free and was state champion in 1963 and 1964.  He was also a four year member of the Southern Connecticut swim team.  In 1969 Phil returned to his alma mater and has been a science teacher and boys swimming coach at Bangor High School for the last 46 years.  

As Coach of the Bangor High School Boys Swim Team, Phil has amassed an incredible record of accomplishments that include:  23 undefeated seasons, a 337-39-1 dual meet record, 26 state championships, 7 second place team finishes, one New England championship (1975), 29 Penobscot Valley Conference Championships, and 17 time Coach of the Year.  In addition, 40 of his swimmers and divers have made All American consideration, eight have been All American and 25 have been Academic All Americans.  

Phil has been President of the Maine Swim Coaches Association five times, both President and Vice-President of the New England Swim Coaches Association, and he has served as Meet Director of the Maine Principals Association state meets from 1978 until 2000. Phil has served as a Maine State Delegate to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) from 1985 to 2015. He has been the Zone I Director for NISCA from 2000 until 2023.  From 1985 until 2013 he officiated at the men's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Phil has received many awards for his numerous accomplishments.  These include being recognized by the Maine Principals Association in 1990 for outstanding service to Maine swimming, the NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 1992 and the NISCA 25-year award in 1994.  He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Service Award by the Southwestern Maine Swim Officials in 2001, inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and since 2000 has been awarded the Bruce Hutchinson Award by the Swim Team Alumni Club at Southern Connecticut University for outstanding achievement in coaching.

Sarah Oldenburg Falk

While a swimmer at Bangor High School, Sarah Oldenburg Faulk won 8 Class A State Meet individual titles, establishing numerous meet and state records.

In her freshman year (93-94), Sarah won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly at the Class A State Meet.  Her 50 free swim (24.63) eclipsed the previous standard set 13 years earlier. For her achievements, she was named Swimmer of the State Meet as well as a Maine Sunday Telegram MVP and a Maine All State Team selection.

As a sophomore, her wins in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly in addition to membership on the Rams’ first place medley and free relays contributed to the Rams’ state title.   She was named to the Maine All State Team in four events, the 50 free, 100 butterfly and the 200 free and 200 medley relay.

State records in 1995-96 in the 100 butterfly (58.9) and the 50 free (24.42) highlighted her junior year for the Rams, winners of the state title.  Her achievements earned her Class A Swimmer of the Meet recognition, Maine Sunday Telegram MVP and Maine All State Team honors.

In her final year of racing for the Rams, she continued her record swimming with another state mark in the 50 free and wins in the 100 fly and the 200 medley and 400 free relays as the Oldenburg and the Rams won their third consecutive title. Her free relay split included an impressive time of 52.6.  Again, she was placed on the Maine All State Team in four events and she was named a Maine Sunday Telegram MVP and the MPA Swimmer of the Meet.

Sarah continued her swimming career at Tufts University. As a freshmen, she was named to the All New England Team in the 50 and 100 free, the 100 butterfly, and the 200, 400,  and 800 free relays and her performances at the time of her induction were among the fastest in the history of Jumbo swimming.

 Sarah and her husband Chris, who was an accomplished swimmer at Bangor High School, reside with their family in Massachusetts.

Jared Felker

A 2000 All Atlantic Coast Conference selection and 1999-2000 team captain for the University of Virginia Cavaliers,  Jared Felker began his career as an age group  swimmer for Maine clubs including  Portland’s Pine Tree Swim Club,  the  Westbrook Seals, and the Seacoast Swim Club of Cumberland Center.

During his age group career, Felker qualified for the US Open in the 100 butterfly, the Senior Nationals in the 100 free, 50 free, and 100 butterfly and the Junior Nationals in the 200 free,100 free, 50 free, and 100 butterfly.

Competing for Yarmouth High School from 1992-94, Felker won three individual gold medals at the Maine Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. His 100 butterfly win at the 1993-94 championship established a state record which extended for 11 years. A year earlier, he won the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. 

When he closed his competition  at Yarmouth High, Felker had set records in all individual events except the 100 breaststroke.

Felker elected to continue his career at Mercersburg Academy in Pa.,  one of the premier swim programs in the prestigious  Eastern Interscholastic Seaboard Championships. With a 52.18 finish in the 100 butterfly, Felker claimed  the 1995 silver medal at the ELSC and earned Honorable Mention All American in the fly and 400 free relay while receiving All American recognition in the 200 free relay.

In the 1996  championship, he nabbed the bronze in 100 butterfly (51.69). Following that season, Felker received All American honors in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle , 200 free relay, and 400 free relay.  He also received Honorable Mention All American in the 50 free.

 After closing his swim career at UVA, Felker entered coaching where he has coached club, interscholastic, and college swimming. From 2003-10, he led the Westbrook Seals where his swimmers qualified for the Junior Nationals and the US Open. As coach for New Hampshire’s Seacoast Swimming Association, five  of Felker’s  swimmers qualified for the United States Olympic Trials, six qualified for Senior Nationals, and ten for Junior Nationals.   He served as sprint coach for the University of New Hampshire before accepting the head coach  position at St Joseph’s College.

Peter Foley

Pete Foley started his swimming career at the Portland Boys Club with legendary coach Harold Paulson.  Through high school and college, Pete was a member of many Portland Boys Club championship teams and won a number of Maine and New England AAU championships.  He was a standout swimmer for Cheverus and concluded his high school career by winning two events at the State Meet and a third place at the New England Championships.  


He went to Kent State University on a swimming scholarship and was a two time team MVP and a two year captain.  He graduated holding nine school records and was an All Mid American conference selection.  


After receiving his B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education, Pete was named Head Swimming Coach at Niagara University.  His coaching career was interrupted by a three year stint of active duty in the Navy.  


In 1972, he began his coaching career at Weston High School (Massachusetts) as a physical education teacher and the school’s first swimming coach.  In the thirty-two years that Pete has been the Head Coach at Weston, the boys' team has accumulated a 448-36-1 dual meet record while the girls have put together a 70-2-1 meet record.  His boys teams have won fifteen Massachusetts State Championships, and two NISCA national dual meet titles.  


During his time at Weston, Pete has coached twelve All Americans and this winter two of his relays and one individual have earned All American consideration.  He has been selected as Massachusetts Coach of the Year numerous times.  In 1988, Pete was selected as NISCA Zone 1 Coach of the Year and in 1996 he was recognized by the National Federation as National High School Swimming Coach of the Year.  


Pete was inducted into the Massachusetts Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996.  In 1994, he received the NISCA prestigious Meritorious Service Award.  He served in the Naval Reserves for twenty five years and retired in 1997 with the rank of Captain.  

Fran Fox

As both a swimmer and an official, Fran Fox's contributions to Maine's swimming and diving community have been impressive.


An AAU state champion for the Portland Boys Club, coached by Harold Paulson, a MSDHOF inductee,Fox held records in three events while swimming for the Cheverus High Stags. At the College of the Holy Cross, he was co-captain of the freshman team and as a sophomore established a school record in the 500 free.


Competing as a masters swimmer for the Tsunami Swim Club of Cape Elizabeth from 1990-98, Fox earned several state all time top ten rankings as well as top finishers in two national postal meets.  In 1995, he swam the  2.4 mile Peaks to Portland, one of the world's oldest open water events.


Recognized for his leadership skills, Fox has served on the Board of Directors for various Portland area swim clubs including, the Bulls Eye Swim Team, Westbrook Seals, and Coastal Maine Aquatics. For nine years, he was treasurer of the swimming and diving booster club at South Portland High.


In 1990, Fox joined the Maine Swim Officials' Association and in 1991 he became a member of Maine' s USA Swimming Officials' Association. He earned his NCAA and College Swim Officials certification in 1999.


Fox has officiated in a variety of capacities at age group meets, high school and college dual meets along with Maine and New England championships.


At Maine's Southwestern Interscholastic Championship, Fox has officiated at over 70 of the championships serving as meet director, meet referee, diving referee, diving judge, starter, and deck official.


Since 1990 at the Maine Principals' Association State Meets, Fox has officiated as a meet referee, starter, diving judge and or a stroke and turn judge.


Honoring his contributions to swimming and diving, the Maine Principals' Association dedicated the 2010 Class A and Class B State Championship meets to the 1964 Cheverus High graduate.


Fox joined the coaching staff of South Portland's RipTide Swim Team as an assistant, a position he held 2013-15.


In 2016, Fox had the distinction of officiating a meet in Dublin, Ireland as the referee between his granddaughter's team, the Granbury, Texas Seals, and the Irish National Team. 


Fox volunteers as the referee and starter at the Cumberland County Special Olympics and as a timer and finish judge at the Peaks to Portland swim.

He is an honorary member of the Maine Swimming Officials' Association.

Pat Gallant-Charette

At age 47, Pat started her open water swimming career in memory of her 34 year old brother and Maine champion swimmer, Robbie Gallant, who died of an unexpected heart attack.  Pat planned to swim in The Peaks to Portland 2.4 mile ocean swim in his honor.  Robbie had been a two time winner of that race.  Her intent was to only do the race on time but soon discovered her passion for the sport of open water swimming.  By the age of 50, she noticed that her endurance had improved and that she could swim great distances.

-Peaks to Portland Challenge, she has completed 13 crossings in 14 years.

-2007 swam in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (1.2 miles, Maryland)

-2007 swam in the Alcatraz Invitational (1.2 miles, California)

-2008 swam the English Channel (21 miles, England to France)At age 57, strong currents forced her back just 1.7  miles from the French coast.

-2010 swam the Straits of Gibraltar (9 miles, Spain to Africa) At age 59, her time of 3 hours and 28  minutes placed her 3rd fastest women’s time since 1928.  This swim set the American time record for women.

-2011 Founder of “Swim For Your Heart”…..February 14th, yearly global event to raise awareness of heart disease and prevention.

-2011 swam the English Channel, age 60 in 15 hours and 57 minutes setting the American record for  the oldest successful crossing.  The “English Channel Swimming Association” awarded her the “Rosemary George” Award for the most meritorious swim of the year.

-2011 swam the Catalina Channel (21 miles, Catalina Island to the coast of California)  14 hours and 11 minutes.  She sets the world record for oldest completion of the swim.

-2012 The “Movers and Shakers In The World Of Open Water Swim Committee” select Pat as one of 101 women worldwide in the open water community, known as open water ambassadors, spreading their enthusiasm and passion for the sport.

-2012 began attempting  the Ocean Seven Challenge: at age 61, Pat is pursuing the seven most challenging “swims” in the world: The English Channel (England to France, 21 miles), Tsugaru Strait (Japan, 12.1 miles), Cook Strait (New Zealand, 14 miles), North Channel (Ireland to Scotland, 22 miles) and Molokai Strait (Hawaii, 9.3 miles)

-As of October 2012, Pat was ranked tied for 7th in the world.

Arnold Green

“Arnie” swam with the Portland Boys Club and Portland High School during the 1940’s to 1950.  During this time Arnie helped PHS to four state and three New England team titles including his senior year #1 team ranking for the U.S.  He earned All American status being the freestyler for the 150 medley relay that was ranked 6th.

         While at Yale University, He again earned All American status in 1951 and in 1953 he was a member of Yale’s NCAA National Championship team that had six members of the 1952 U.S. Olympic team.

         As an active Masters swimmer in Connecticut and Maine, he held or held 16 out of 18 events in Maine for the 65-69 age group including 7 national top 10 times plus two nationally ranked relays.  He has won national masters titles for backstroke and several runner up positions.

         At 45 years old he took up running and eventually established a national record for the 5 mile event for masters age 50-59.  In 1982 he was named Connecticut’s track “athlete of the year”.  He has been named recipient of the N.Y. Road runners Club Age Group Male Runner of the Year three times.

         In 2004 he was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall Of Fame.

Rob Hale

Rob began his swimming career with Seacoast Swim Club in 1973 under coach Harvey Wheeler (HoF ‘06).

He graduated from Greely in 1978 with 4 years on the State Championship Swim Team.

He studied a post-graduate year at Phillips Exeter where he was a prep-school All-American on the 400 Free Relay.

Rob was the assistant swim coach of Seacoast Swim Club from 1981-1984 and from 2010 to present day.

He was the Head Coach at Seacoast Swim club from 1990-1997.

He began coaching with South Portland and Greely Middle School teams after prep-school.

He began his high school coaching career for Westbrook High School during the 1990-1991 and 1992-1993 seasons.

The Blue Blazes won 2 state titles with Rob as coach.

Rob began coaching at Greely High School in the fall of 1992 and is still coaching for the Rangers.

Rob coached at the 1996 Paralypic games in Atlanta.

He was the head coach of the National Blind Team from 1993-1996.

During this time he met his wife, Joyce, a parolympian and coached her to 6 national gold medals.

Greely girls teams have won 10 Southwestern Championships and won runner-up 8 times under Rob’s coaching.

The Rangers have won 7 Girls State Titles and 10 Runner up titles with Rob as coach.

The boys team has won 5 Southwestern titles and been runner up 5 times with Rob as coach.

The Rangers have won 6 Boys State Championships and 6 runner up finishes with Rob as coach.

Rob has won Girls High School State Coach of the Year for girls in 1990, ‘93, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, and 2010

He was won Boys High School State Coach of the Year in 1999, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, and 2011

He was the SMAA liaison to the MPA Athletic Directors since 2000.

He has served on the MISL Executive Board as Treasurer and President.

He was the Cumberland Lions Club Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Rob is a Past Board member of the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.

He has been an Educational Technician at Greely since 2005 and serves as the Aquatics Director.

Rob resides in Cumberland with his wife, Joyce,, and three children, Molly, Brady, and Keagan.

Chris Hamilton

Began diving at the Bangor Y with coaches Norm Palmer and Kevin Martin (MSDHoF 2002/2003) and eventually to Bangor High School where he was coached by Kevin Wright and Phil Emery (MSDHoF 2003/2006)

In 1985, Chris was a member of the Bangor state championship baseball team that went 20-0.  He was a 2-time state champion in diving (1986+87) and a part of the back to back state champion teams. Those same years he was also a Maine Class A All-State and “Adidas” All-American football player.

In 1988, he attended Maine Central Institute and was the MVP defensive football player on the Post Graduate football team. 

As a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 he participated in both Football and Diving for the Owls.  After his freshman year he turned his attention to diving after an off season injury. He went on to achieve:  finalist all four years at New England Championships.  In 1990-1991 He was the Division I and II New England Champion on the 3-meter springboard.  After a year off he became the 1992-1993 Division I and II New England Champion 3 meter champion again and was named “New England Diver of the Year ''.  He was undefeated that season in Dual meets that year.   From the years 1990-1993 he was a five time Division II All-American and won the National Championship in 1993 on the one-meter springboard.  He was also named “NCAA Division II Diver of the year” after placing 1st and 3rd at the National Championship.

As a high school diving coach, Chris coached Chris Colwell, the #1 high school diver in the country and World Champion on Platform in 1997 who went on to become NCAA National Champion and two time Olympian (2008/2012).  Chris also coached 5 NCAA division two All-Americans and one National Champion.

In 2000 he became the diving coach for Dartmouth College.  Chris has had 27 different divers qualify for the NCAA zone meet.  17 of these divers have been finalists at Zone Championships.   Chris has coached both Dartmouth’s Men’s and Women’s School Record holders and 33 Dartmouth top ten divers on the one and three meter diving boards.  In 2002-2003 he had two women's finals for the first time in the 27 years of the women’s program at Dartmouth college and in the 2012-2013 season he had two women go 1st and 3rd at the Ivy Championships.  In the 15 years at Dartmouth Chris had had 27 different Divers become Academic All-Americans with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Most recently Chris received the Dr. Bruce Hutchinson Award in honor of Coach Hutchinson for former SCSU alumni who have made outstanding coaching contributions to Diving and Swimming.  Chris is the second Bangor High School graduate to receive the award along with Coach Emery.

Lauren Hill Wood

Lauren Hill Wood established state records in the 100 back, 100 fly, 200 individual medley, and the 500 free swimming for Cape Elizabeth High. In addition, she and her relay teammates set state records in the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

Coached by MSDHOF inductee Donald Richards, Wood was honored as Maine's Interscholastic Swimmer of the Year in 1979 and 1980. Included in her impressive 1980 performances were  a 5:27 500 free, a 2:15.7 200 IM and a 1:03.4 100 back. A year earlier,  Wood recorded a 2:01 200 free and 1:01.03 100 fly.

While at Cape Elizabeth, Wood set 5 school records in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 100 back, 500 free and 100 butterfly. Her butterfly record  (1:01.03) stood for 23 years. Wood also was a member of Cape's school record 400 free relay and 200 medley relay.

The Capers selected Wood as Most Valuable Swimmer in 1978, 1979, and 1980.  Her outstanding skills in a variety of events were significant contributors to the Capers' state championships in each of these years.

Wood continued her swimming career for MSDHOF inductee Charlie Butt at Bowdoin College. In 1981, Wood competed in both the 50 and 100 back at the AIAW Division III national championship

and earned All American distinction. The Polar Bears finished 24th at the championship.

In 1970, at the age of seven, Wood began swimming for Harold Paulson (MSDHOF Inductee) at the Portland YMCA. A year later when Cape Elizabeth's Nautilus Swim Club opened Wood joined and soon established herself among Maine's elite age group swimmers collecting numerous state age group records.

The Nautilus Swim Club named her Most Valuable Swimmer in 1978 and 1979.

Frederick “Fritz” Homans

Began swimming at age 9 for the Bangor YMCA in 1966 under Coach Fred Pierce.  During his YMCA career he was a multi time state champion and at the end of his intermediate (15) age career he had set 8 Maine state records including relays.  At age 15 he qualified for YMCA Nationals in the 100 butterfly and finished 9th with a time of: 54.3.  He suggested the team mascot of Barracuda’s for the YMCA team. Competed in the AAU league national Junior Olympic and had 2 top 4 finishes in the 100 butterfly.

         He attended Deerfield Academy Prep for high school and was a 2 time captain.  In 1974 as a sophomore, he was part of the New England Prep School record 400 free relay team and was a 2 time Prep All American (100 fly, relay).  He also started the school's water polo program.  In 1975, he was a 3 time New England champ and Prep All American (100 fly: 51.8, 200 free 1:45.2, 400 free relay). 

In the summer of 1975 while competing with Suburban (became Foxcatcher) of Newtown, Pennsylvania, he set a new Brown University pool record (lcm) in the 100 fly (57.5) and while at senior nationals, qualified for the 1976 Olympic trials.

         During his senior year (1976) at Deerfield he set a New England Prep 100 free time of 47.6 to go along with 4 other New England Prep records (100 fly :51.6, 200 free 1:44.9, 500 free 4:47.6 and 400 free relay.  He was also undefeated in his final 2 seasons at Deerfield.  He was also voted the Babcock Award, presented to the New England Prep School swimmer that best exemplifies the values of New England Prep School swimming and diving for the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

         At Olympic trials he finished 13th in the 100 fly (56.11) which was good enough for a 19thworld ranking for the event.

         He Attended University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on full scholarship.  In 1979, he earned NCAA All American status for the 400 medley relay and was 2 time captain of the team.  By the time of graduation he had set 3 school records: 100 free (46.33), 100 fly (49.72), 200 fly (1:52.47) and was part of 3 school relay records.

         During the summer of 1979, Fritz was voted captain of the elite camp of swimmers at the USOC training camp in Colorado.  He also qualified for the 1980 Olympic trials but didn’t compete due to injury.

         He has competed in many international meets, open water and masters swimming over the years setting several masters records.

Margaret Honan

Margaret Honan’s  career as a diving coach  began at Bangor High in 1973 and included positions at Cape Elizabeth High, Greely High of Cumberland Center, South Portland High, and Kennebunk High.

Many of Honan’s divers had a limited diving  background or, in some cases, no diving background prior to training with her. Her ability to teach the fundamentals of diving-  take off, flight, and entry, and her ability to teach the acrobatics of each dive equipped the divers with the foundation necessary for  success at both conference and state championships.

In fact, eight divers won gold medals at  the Maine Principals’ AssociationInterscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship and five divers won silver medals. More than 50 divers  scored at the MPA championships. Numerous divers collected conference titles as well.

Honan was the recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association State Meet Dedication and received two Maine Interscholastic  Diving Coach of the Year recognition.

The three meter New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championship  and NCAA Division 1 national championship qualifier at the University of Maine was coached by Rich Miller, a 2022 MSD HOF inductee.

Warren Knowles

Warren began his swimming career with the Portland Boys Club in 1947.  While in the junior division (12 and younger), he set two national Boys Club records in the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 25.6 and 56.1 respectively.  He went on to hold many Maine AAU age group records and was an important member of three Boys Club New England team titles.

As a member of the Portland High School swim team, he was the 1947 state record holder for the 200 freestyle and the 1948 220 freestyle.   In 1949, he earned an Honorable Mention for All American in the 100 free (1949 national high school team champions).  

In 1950 he was a part of three national relay records:  the 150 medley relay with Richard Lucas and Gordon Sellick (their time of 1:19.9 still stands today), the 300 medley relay with Lucas and Sellick and a time of 2:58.5, and the 400 free relay along with Arnie Green, Don Spicer, and Gordon Sellick with a time of 3:44.5.   He was also a part of several high school state relay records.

Kate Kovenock

Kate began her swimming career at age 7 for Coach Norm Palmer (HoF ‘02) for Old Town YMCA

Kate set, or was part of, several CCSC team records in her YMCA career

She set a Maine YMCA state record in the 200 Free in 2001 for senior girls (1:56.58)

She was part of 2 Maine US Swimming Relay records for 15-18/sr. Girls in 1998 in the 200 and 400 Free Relay

She attended Orono High School, graduating in 2001

Kate was team captain in 2000 and 2001

She set several Orono team records and 1 State record in 2001, 100 free with a time of 52.71

She set a Class B Girls Meet Record in the 50 Free, 24.11

 Kate was undefeated in 4 years of high school swimming

She is 1 of only 7 Maine HS Girls swimmers to win 8 individual events in High School State Meets

She was selected Maine Swimmer of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001

She attended Connecticut College and graduated with honors in a degree in Philosophy in 2005

She was undefeated in 4 years of collegiette swimming in the 50 and 100 Freestyle

Kate Set records for Connecticut College, NESCAC meet and Conference meets

She is an 11 time NESCAC individual event champion

Kate was a CSCAA Scholar All_american all 4 years and names to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-American Team for her junior and senior years

She was the 2004 NCAA DIII champion in the 50 freestyle

She earned 11 NCAA DIII All-American honors

Kate was twice named an ESPN All-American

She was hired as an assistant coach for Kenyon College under Jim Steen in 2005

She coached the 2007 and 2009 DIII freestyle champion.

Kenyon won 4 men’s and 3 women’s team championships while Kate was on the staff

Kate was on the Notre Dame coaching staff from 2009-2014. She helped develop 16 Fighting Irish to All-American status and one NCAA DI champion and record holder

In 2014 Kate was hired as the head women’s coach at Brown University

Brown finished in 4th place in the Ivy League Championship, its highest finish

Swimmers have broken and re-broken every school record 25 times under Kate’s leadership.

Anne Marie Largay-Poulin

Anne Marie Largay dominated her sport in all levels:  YMCA, USS, high school, intercollegiate and open water.  As an age group and YMCA swimmer she held state records at various times in the 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 Back, 200 IM and 400 IM.

She won numerous High Point Awards throughout her age group career at the Maine USS Winter and Summer Age Group and Senior Championships.  She held many YMCA records while swimming for the Bath YMCA.  She was New England YMCA Champion in the 10 and Under 100 Free event and the 11-12 200 Free.   She achieved National YMCA Top Ten recognition in the 10 and Under 100 Free.  As a 12 year old she was a National YMCA Championship qualifier and participant in the 200 Free and 200 Fly.   

At Morse High School, she was Maine High School Swimmer of the Year in 1985, 1986 and 1987.  She was named to the All American Academic Team and held state records in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.  She became the first Maine schoolgirl to go under one minute in the 100 Fly.  

Anne Marie held state records in the 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free, 500 Free and the 200 IM.  She was undefeated in competition from 1985-1987.  She won eight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference individual titles and was state champion in the 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 IM and 100 Fly. 

Swimming for Johns Hopkins University, Anne Marie was 16-time NCAA III All American, and in 1989 was NCAA III National Champion in the 200 Fly.  She was a University Athletic Conference (UAA) finalist over 20 times, was the UAA record holder in the 200 Fly from 1988 until 2002.  She was selected as MVP of the Johns Hopkins swim team in 1988 and held school records in the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 Back and the 100 Back.

Anne Marie is also a three time winner of the Peaks to Portland Women's Division Championship. 

Whitney Leeman-Zeiger

Whitney was discovered at the Bucksport community pool and encouraged to join a club team as Bucksport had none.  She joined Mavis Falvey of the Bangor YWCA Marlins swim team in 1974. She quickly established Maine AAU state records and by 1977 had set 12 individual state records in all strokes and individual medleys.

She attended Pine Crest School in 1977 and joined their club swim team.  She was the National Junior Champion in the 100 backstroke in 1978 and narrowly missed the Olympic Trials cut time for the backstroke.  

She returned to Maine to attend University of Maine at Orono on a full swim scholarship for Coach Jeff Wren.  During her collegiate career at Maine, Whitney won 16 individual New England swim titles and was named the 1985 Kay Fromer Award Winner, an award given to the New England swimmer that scored the most points over their four year career.  

In 1984 she was the NCAA Division 2 National Champion in the 200 Backstroke and an Olympic Trials qualifier that year but elected not to attend the meet.  By her senior year she held many individual and relay school records.   

Whitney was named by Sports Illustrated Magazine as one of Maine's all-time Top 50 Greatest Sports Figures in a 1999 article.

Robert Ley

Robert began swimming in 1979 at the age of 5 with the Pine Tree Swim Club under Coach Ernie Tarling. His age group career found him swimming with BullsEye Swim Team, Westbrook Seals, Seacoast Swim Club, New England Health and Racquet Club before finishing his career with the Portland Porpoise's.


When he was 12 he had set 7 individual state records.  By 14 he had set 6 individual records for the age group and was part of one relay state record.  At 16 he set 3 more individual records and at 18 an additional 6 individual state records for the 17-18 division.


 While competing in the Middle School league set league records in all but one event.


His high school career saw him attend Deering, Peddie School in N.J. and finally at Cheverus High School, ’92.  Undefeated in his Maine H.S. races, Robert set several school records and two State Records in the 200 IM which lasted for 11 seasons and as part of the 200 medley relay.  He was a 2-time High School All-American in the 100 breast and 200 IM.  He also participated in Track and Football.  In 1992, the Portland Press Herald named him Maine Swimmer of the Year.


For the 1993-94 season, Robert attended and swam for Indian River Community College in Florida and participated in NJCAA Championship swim meet, winning titles in 400 & 200 medley relays and 200 IM, also 3rd in 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. He was a 5 time Jr. College All American, in those events.


From 1994-99, Robert was a part of the West Virginia University swim team.  While swimming at the Atlantic 10 Championship meet, he placed 1st in the 400 Medley Relay and 4th in the 200 IM. WVU then switched to the Big East Conference and was a finalist the next two years swimming 100 Breast and 200 IM.


Robert married his college sweetheart.  They have seven children and currently live in Nebraska.

Richard Lucas

Dick graduated from Portland High School in 1950.  He was a high school All-American three years from 1948-1950.  In 1950, he broke the national record in the 300 yard Medley Relay, the 150 yard Medley Relay, established an American record of 26.8 in the 50 yard backstroke, and established a world record in the 50 yard backstroke of 26.1.  

Also in 1950, Dick tied the national schoolboy record in the 100 yard backstroke (59.9) becoming the first high school swimmer to break the minute barrier.  It is interesting to note that the national record in both the 300 yard and 150 yard Medley Relay (Lucas, Gordon Sellick and Warren Knowles) still stands today.  

Dick won the Peaks to Portland swim in 1947 at the age of 16, which was the youngest ever at the time.  He is currently a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  

Robby MacDonald

He began his swim career with Bangor High School for Coach Phil Emery’s (HoF) inaugural 1969-70 season.  He then swam for UMO under Coach Al Switzer (HoF) as a member of the UMO inaugural swim team eventually graduating in 1974.

             After college he became a teacher and swim coach for the Bangor School Department.  His Lady Rams won their first state title in 1976 establishing state meet records.  And, the Rams went on to win another five state meet titles (77, 82, 83, 84, 85) during Robby’s tenure including a 137.5 point victory margin in 1985.  The Rams won 30 events at state meets during his tenure and four of his Bangor teams were awarded the Sportsmanship Award.  He was also awarded Maine High School Swim Coach of the Year in 1976, 81, 82 and 85.  He was the recipient of the John Bapst Quarterback Club Award for performance of swimmers and teams in 1977.  He served on the coaching staff of Jack Nelson (former US Olympic Coach) Swim Camp in Ft. Lauderdale and Bob Miller-former National AAU coach of the year.

             Following the 1985 season, Robby accepted the varsity men’s and women’s coaching position at Colby College.  The Whit Mule women combined for a 23-6 dual meet record during his three years highlighted by Colby’s first All-American swimmer in 1988.  The men’s team recorded its highest winning percentage in program history as of 1988.

             Finishing his coaching career in 1988 to enter school administration, Robby continued his association with swimming.  He was one of the founders of the UMO Swimming and Diving Foundation and served multiple terms as chair of the Maine Prinicpal’s Association Swim Committee.  He was appointed by the MPA to the National Federation Rules Committee.

             His swim column, “The Swim Scene”, is published in the Bangor Daily News regularly, highlighting the achievements of the Maine swimming community at all levels.

             The 1994 Maine High School State Swim Meet dedication was made in Robby’s honor.

Katie Mailman

As an age group diver Katie Mailman won multiple New England diving titles. At Falmouth High, she continued her success completing 4 years of interscholastic diving undefeated in both dual meet and championship competition.


In addition to 4 Class B State Meet 1 meter diving titles and 4 Southwestern Maine titles, Mailman set a state record of 477.90 points for 11 dives and a state meet record of 457.20 points. She earned All American interscholastic recognition in 1995 and the same year participated in the US Diving Nationals.


Continuing her career at Northeastern University, Mailman won the America East one-meter diving championship in 2000, 2001, and 2002. She was named America East Diver of the Year in 2001 and 2002.


Mailman's outstanding one-meter diving performances contributed to Northeastern's 2001-02 undefeated dual meet team and America East championship.  The 2001-02 team captain qualified for the NCAA Zone Championship during each of her seasons at Northeastern.


She remains the one meter 6 dive Northeastern pool and school record holder with 311.70 points.

Gina Mancini

Gina began swimming with the Westbrook Seals in 1996 under coach Dennis Connolly. She quickly established herself as a dominant swimmer setting team records. She was the Maine State Championships meet high point winner 6 times during the winter season and 4 times during the summer season.  She was also the Westbrook Swim Your Own Age meet high point winner from age 10 until she graduated at 17 in 2006.  During this time she established Maine State records as a 12 year old in the 50 +200 back, as a 14 year old in the 50/100 free, 200 back, 100/200 breaststroke, 200 Free + Medley relays.  As a senior swimmer she set records in the 100 free, 100 breaststroke, 200 + 400 Free and Medley relays.

She set state long course records at 16 in the 100 breaststroke and 3 relays.

She was a 3 time Eastern Zone team member from 2001-2003. In 2003 she earned two NAG ranks in the 13-14 girls 50 free (23.62-3rd) and one for LCM’s that summer 5th place.

In 2004 she was a Senior Nationals qualifier and earned an All Time Top 100 time in the 50 free LCM (25.75).

While with the Seals, Gina was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” for 1998 and in 2003 the Harold Paulson Award.

As a swimmer at Falmouth High School, he was a two time captain (05, 06), a three time S. S. Western swimmer of the meet, four time Maine High School Class B swimmer of the meet.  She was undefeated as a swimmer in all four years of high school winning 8 individual state titles and 7 relay team titles, she matched the feat for South Westerns.  She set 4 South Southwestern meet records and in 2004 was the western swimmer of the year.  She set 7 school records and 2 state records (50 free-23.88, 100 free-52.61, 100 breaststroke-105.67.

She also established two Class B meet records for the 200 IM-210.46 and 200 medley relay.  She was the schools MVP all 4 years of high school, the 2004 and 2005 Maine league Swimmer of the Year, 4 years all conference and all state.  In 2006 she was awarded the schools “Randall & McCallister Award”, given to the schools most outstanding female athlete selected by her classmates.  She was also awarded the school's “Chesney Award” given to a senior as selected by the coaches.

She was a two time NISCA All American in the 50 free for 2003 and 2004. In 2006 she was All American in the 100 breaststroke as well as Academic All American!

As a collegiate swimmer for The University of Notre Dame, she was a 4 year scholarship athlete who qualified and participated all four seasons at the Big East Championships.

In 2010 the school awarded her the Dryland dumbbell award.

Rosanne Marcus-Riddick

Rosanne began her swimming career with the Portland YMCA team for the 1964-65 swimming season under Coach Phil Lucas. The following season she joined the Portland Boy’s Club under Coach Harold Paulson. She went on to set many Maine AAU age group records and won 2 New England AAU titles in the 100 butterfly. From 1970-1972 she competed in the U.S. Region 1 AAU Championships placing 4th in two of those meets.

As a Deering high school swimmer, she was undefeated during her 3 years in the league. She won 9 southwestern titles and by the end of her high school career held seven Maine state records in the 50 free (26.6), 100 free (first Maine girl under 1 minute :58), 200 free (2:07), 50 butterfly (27.9 stood for 14 years), 100 IM ( 1:06.8) and as a part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Was elected tri-captain her senior year.

Attended Yale University in the fall of 1972 and trained with the men’s team and competed with the junior varsity men’s meets since there was no women’s team. 

She qualified for the A.I.A.W. 's (Association of Interscholastic Athletics for Women and precursor to the women’s NCAA) national championships all 4 years at Yale, placing top 16 in the 100 butterfly in 1973. In 1973, Yale began a women’s program where she set two school records in winning the New England Championships in the 50 and 100 butterfly. 

Eventually won 4 more New England titles in the 50 and 100 fly from 1974 and 75. She was name MVP for 3 seasons at Yale and captain for her final 2 seasons. She was instrumental in helping the program gain varsity status. Upon graduation held school records for the 100 fly (1:00.5) and 200 butterfly (2:11.0) and 2 relays.

She started the first girls high school swim team at Lowell, Massachusetts in 1981 and started a club program there as well (13 of her swimmers went on to become college captains in Division 1 + 3 programs)

Rosanne lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband Ray and daughter Sage.

Derek Marshall

Marshall, the first swimmer in Maine interscholastic swimming to break 54 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke, won seven Maine Principals' Association individual titles. 

Racing for Camden-Rockport High School, he established state records in the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200 individual medley. In three years of interscholastic competition, Marshall was undefeated in individual events and led CR relay teams to undefeated results during the three years. His achievements earned him four All-State and All-Star recognitions and two George Crimmins Awards. 

At the University of Maine, Marshall won the New England Intercollegiate and the North Atlantic Conference 200 yard backstroke events. In 1992, he established the New England record in the 200-yard backstroke and the North Atlantic Conference record in the 100-yard backstroke. The North Atlantic Conference named Marshall to the All Conference squad in 1992. 

His Black Bear 100-yard backstroke record (52.23) extended for 21 years and his 200-yard backstroke record (1:52.24) for 22 years. Marshall received the Alan Switzer Dedication Award following the 1993 season. 

Marshall's competitive swimming career began as a YMCA swimmer. He earned berths on five Maine Swimming All-Star teams and set numerous YMCA state records.

Frank Marston

Frank Marston, who began his diving career at Portland’s Deering High in 1985, developed  his diving skills under the coaching of Harvey Wheeler (MSDOF) inductee)  and  earned seven NCAA Division 3 All American recognitions  at Bowdoin College.

During his 1991 season for the Polar Bears, he won the NCAA Division 3 gold medal in the three meter competition and claimed a bronze medal in the one meter. He was honored as NCAA Division 3 Diver of the Year.

The next season Marston finished with a silver medal in the three meter competition and a bronze medal in the one meter event at the NCAA  Nationals.

During  his collegiate career competing in NCAA Division 3 Nationals, he scored in the top three finishers five times.

At the prestigious  New England  Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships, Marston won the one meter title three years and the three meter crown four years. 

He set numerous records during his distinguished career at Bowdoin including  school, New England Small College Athletic Association, and New England Intercollegiate. In 2010, Bowdoin inducted Marston into the Polar Bear Athletic Hall of Fame.

Diving for Deering High, he received interscholastic All-American consideration in 1988 the same year he won the Maine Interscholastic Swimming Diving title in the one meter event with 428.25 points.

In 1988 and in 1987, he claimed the Southwestern Conference diving titles in record setting performances. He was named to the Southwestern Conference All Star Team in 1986, 1987, and 1988 and to the  Maine Interscholastic All Star Team for the same years. 

He served as Deering High captain for the 1987 and the 1988 seasons and he was named Most Valuable in 1986, 1987, and 1988.  He holds the Riverton Pool and Deering High records for 6 and 11 dive one meter competition.

Kevin Martin

Kevin began swimming and diving for the Bangor YMCA Barracudas in the mid 1970’s. As a diver he was Maine State Champion in 1977,78,79,80, and 81. He was the YMCA New England Champion in 1979,80 and 81. In 1981 he attended the AAU National Junior Olympics placing 4th in the nation.

While a student at Bangor High School, he was state champion in 1980, 81 and 82 setting the state record in 1982 with 631.65 points which still stands today. His point total was also a national high school record. During the period of 1980 to 1982 He was a three time All American.

During his first year at Deerfield Academy in 1983 he set a New England Record and placed 2nd at the Prep School National Championships. He also earned All American status for this season. 

As a member of the University of Maine Black Bears swimming and diving team, Kevin was an Eastern Intercollegiate 3 meter board champion in 1985 setting the league’s 3 meter board record. He was also voted the meets Outstanding Diver.

Kevin is also a CPA (certified Public Accountant) and a MSCE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) residing in Medfield, Massachusetts.

Irving McCalmon Jr.

Irv McCalmon, pound for pound, was arguably the best swimmer to come out of the state of Maine.  He lost only one individual race in four years at Portland High School.  

He was New England Champion in the 200 yard freestyle, the 200 yard medley swim, and twice he won the 400 yard freestyle.  Irving was the first Maine schoolboy to go under two minutes in the 200 yard freestyle (1:58.5) in 1961. 

Irv worked eight years at the Portland Boys Club, three years as Swim Director at Reiche School, 13 years as teacher and administrator for Greater Portland Christian School and currently is the Facilities Supervisor for the Galilee Baptist Church.  

Besides Portland High School, Irving attended  Kent State University and the University of Maine/Gorham earning a degree in education (1977) and a master's degree in administration (1981).  

Irving served six years in the United States Coast Guard and was a member of the following swim teams during his career:  Portland Boys Club, Portland Seals, Jack Junior High School, Portland High School, Kent State University, and Portland Masters.  

Taylor McFarlane

 Began swimming for Coastal Maine Aquatics in 1994 for Coach Melissa Smith and Chris Brunette. She started setting team and state records as an 8 year old with her first in the 8&under 100 free relay. As a 10 year old, she was part of 2 relay state records.  As a 12 year old she was part of 3 relay state records. As a 14 year old she was a part of 1 relay and 1 individual state record.  As a 16 year old she added 1 more state record and finally she set 6 individual and 4 relay state records as a member of the Westbrook Seals.

             In 2002, she was the Peaks to Portland women’s champion and 2nd overall finisher.

             Her age group career continued with qualifying and competing at the U.S. Open and Junior Nationals all 4 years of her high school career adding Senior Nationals 03-05, placing 6th in the 200 back at Nationals in 2004.  She spent her sophomore and junior years of high school training under Mike Parratto (SSC-NH-Olympian Jenny Thompsons Coach).  She returned to Maine age group swimming senior year with the Westbrook Seals and Coach Rocco Aceto (HoF).

             As a Cape Elizabeth High School swimmer she set 9 school and 8 state records (100 free, 200 free,  500 free, 200 IM, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 200 and 400 free relays).  She was the first female swimmer for Maine to break the 5 minute barrier in the 500! She was named swimmer of the state meet 3 years in a row (02-04) and Maine high school swimmer of the Year for 2 years (03-04).

Taylor lost only 1 race (was ill) in her high school career.  She was a 4 year All-State selection, team captain junior and senior years and a High School All American for junior and senior years.  She graduated in 2004 with high honors.

             She was recruited for a full ride by The University of Miami Hurricane.  At the highly competitive ACC championships she placed 14th in the 200 back and 15th in the 200 free and anchored the school's 800 free relay with a 1:49.82 split.  As a sophomore she transferred to The University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill becoming a Tar Heel. RedShirted that year she competed and placed at the US open and Senior Nationals for the local club team (NCAC). Fully eligible junior year she finished 5th in the ACC meet in the 400 IM and 6th in the 100 back and turned in the schools 3rd all-time best time in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.67 helping the school win the ACC title and narrowly missing Olympic Trials.  Senior year, she was voted captain of the team and graduated in 2008.

             After living some time in Louisville, Kentucky, Taylor and her husband returned to Portland to live and work as a web and graphic designer and in her father’s real estate business.

Sean McLellan

 Swimming for the Auburn YMCA and the Lewiston YWCA, Sean McLellan set numerous age group and Y records.  In 1978, he qualified for and competed in the YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at  the Hall of Fame pool.

Two years later, in 1980, he trained  during the summer at Nashville Aquatics (Tennessee)  with Don Talbot, Australian Olympic Coach, who also coached national teams in Canada and America. Included in Talbot’s 1980 summer  training group at Nashville Aquatics was Tracy Caulkins, three time American Olympic gold medalist and five time world champion.

In 1981, McLellan  won the 200 freestyle (1:48.34) and the 100 freestyle (48.41) at the Maine Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship. He was named the recipient of the Harold Paulson Award for the meet’s outstanding swimmer. 

At the 1982 Maine Interscholastic Championship, he raced to a Class A meet record in the 50 freestyle (21.72) which tied UMaine’s pool record. He claimed a second gold medal with a win in the 100 butterfly at 54.46.

His dominance at the Maine Interscholastics continued in 1983 when he won the 50 freestyle (21.65) establishing a  meet record  and UMaine pool record. The state record in the 50 freestyle  extended for 30 years until it was rewritten  in 2013. He also claimed another win in the 100 freestyle. 

Named an interscholastic  All American in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle , McLellan  earned prep school All American recognition at Hebron Academy, Hebron, Maine in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle as well. His records in the 50 freestyle (21.65) and the 100 freestyle  (47.61) remain Hebron Academy records. 

At Ohio’s Denison University, a member of the NCAA division 3, McLellan continued to excel in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle receiving All American recognition in 1984.

Rich Miller

   Rich Miller, the University of Maine's first diving coach, was hired by UMaine's head swimming coach Alan Switzer in 1972. During his 13 years directing the Black Bear diving program, Black Bear male divers  won 12 New England Intercollegiate diving titles while four Black Bear women earned championship honors.

          Both the Black Bear men and women swimming and diving teams won New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships in the years Miller coached the divers. The men collected New England championships in 1976 and 1978 while the women won in 1978, 79, 80, and 84.  Every UMaine female diver that Miller coached qualified  for and scored in the New England Intercollegiate Championship.

         In 1995, five Black Bear women divers qualified for the NCAA Division ll Nationals in the one and three meter diving, the most of any competing team.

         Four divers from the men's swimming and diving teams qualified for the NCAA Division l Nationals and Kevin Martin (MSDHOF 2009) won the presitigious Eastern Seaboard three meter crown.  

        Prior to the NCAA sponsoring women's swimming and diving, three Black Bear divers qualified for and competed in the AIAW National Swimming and Diving Championships.

      Miller's impact as diving coach extended to age group diving when he founded in 1974 the Black Bear Age Group Diving Club, a club he operated until he left UMaine in 1985 to return to California, his home state. His diving club produced Kevin Wright, national age group champion in the 15-16 age group. Wright (MSDHOF 2003)  accepted a diving scholarship at Ohio State before returning to dive under Miller at UMaine. 

   In addition seven Black Bear  Club divers were named interscholastic All Americans and nine divers won Maine State diving titles. Miller's age group divers claimed six New England gold medals.

  At California State University, Miller was a two time NCAA national qualifier and prior to CSU he was a four time junior college All-American.

Robert Miller

Robert came to Bowdoin College in 1928 as an instructor in physical training and was named Bowdoin's first swimming coach in 1935.  He coached Bowdoin teams for 29 years with a record of 119-95 (.556).  He coached five All-Americans.  

He was also one of the pioneers in the field of water safety.  He directed the first Red Cross Aquatic School in the country and in 1960 was inducted into the Commodore Longfellow Society's Lifesaving Hall of Fame.  

Robert was co-founder of the Maine Swim League along with Harold Paulson and George Crimmins.  He hosted numerous state championships at the Bowdoin College pool.  He was a lifelong supporter of high school swimming in Maine.  The Perpetual Championship Boys Trophy is named in his honor.

(Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College Archives, Brunswick, Maine)

Jay Morissette

Since accepting the head coach position at the Bath YMCA in 1985, Jay Morissette has guided the YMCA team to 35 YMCA state titles including 33 consecutive championships. Additionally, the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath Y has won 17 Maine Winter Championship crowns and 11 summer titles.

While his teams have excelled, the individual success of many of his swimmers is remarkably impressive as well.. At least one Bath Y swimmer has qualified for the YMCA Nationals in each of the  years extending from 1985-2023, one of the longest and most distinguished accomplishments in YMCA coaching annals.

Four Bath YMA swimmers, Abbie King (MSDHOF inductee), Nate Samson, Caitlyn Tycz, and James Wells  (MSDHOF)  won YMCA national titles under Morissette’s coaching. In 2017, the Bath Y’s  200 free relay won a gold medal at the Y nationals in 1:32.85, less than a second off the national Y record.

 Seventy-five swimmers have earned YMCA All -American honors and 125 Bath Y swimmers have scored among the top ten national YMCA rankings. Seven have qualified for the USA senior nationals.

Eight Long Reach Club swimmers competed in America’s Olympic Trials either when swimming for Morissette or after having trained with the Bath Y team.  Two swimmers qualified for and competed in the Olympic Trials of their native nation.

Morissette remains one of only 32 YMCA coaches in the United States to have earned the American Swim Coaches Association highest category of achievement , a level 5 credential.

In 1989 competing at the United States National Masters Championship, Morissette earned a silver medal in the 50 free. Five years later at the World Masters Championships, he finished fourth in three events. He holds numerous Maine Masters records.

While racing for the University of Maine Black Bears, coached by Alan Switzer (MSDHOF inductee), he set records in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle that stood for 30 years.

Morissette’s  resume includes two Class B Maine Interscholastic Principals Association Class B state records  when he competed for Hall-Dale High where he established nine school records.

As an age group swimmer for Kennebec Valley YMCA, he set three YMCA state records and one Maine Swimming Incorporated record.

In the spring of 2023, the Morse High Community Council named Morissette recipient of  The Mainsail Award. The recognition honors an individual yearly who has made outstanding contributions to benefit the youth of the greater Bath community. In addition, the nominee should exemplify the ideals of American  citizenship such as respect, honor, justice, individual freedom and equal opportunity. 

When he is not on the pool deck or serving as curator for the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, Morissette enjoys playing in Maine’s senior wooden bat baseball league and hiking America’s  most challenging peaks. He has hiked to the highest summit in 49 of our nation’s 50 states. 

Norman Palmer

Norm Palmer has been involved in all aspects of swimming since the mid 1960’s.  Norm coached the Bangor YMCA swim team for about 17 years before moving on to coach at the Old Town YMCA for another seven years.  Norm twice took his Old Town team to the YMCA Nationals in Florida.  Three times Norm went to Russia with YMCA swimmers from across Maine.  

He was one of the founders of the Maine Swim Officials Association, holding the office of President of the Association twice and serving on the Executive Board for ten years.  Norm was President of the Eastern Maine Chapter of the Maine Swim Official Association twice.  Norm is or has been a certified YMCA, High School, USS, and NCAA swimming official.  He is also certified as a National YMCA swim official certification instructor.  

Norm has officiated at all levels of swimming in Maine.  Until his retirement from officiating in 2001, he could be seen on the deck at just about every championship meet held in Maine.  He worked the Maine High School Swimming State Championships in every capacity including being a referee for more than twenty years.  

Norm also worked at University of Maine home meets and served as a referee at the America East Championships at UMaine for many years.  He is on the Board of Directors for the University of Maine Swimming and Diving Foundation.  

In 2000, the National Federation of High Schools honored Norm by presenting him with the Distinguished Officials Award for the Northeast Region of the United States.  The University of Maine Swimming and Diving Team has the Norm Palmer Academic Award, which is presented to the graduating senior with the highest academic average for his or her four years at the University.  Norm is a true friend of swimming in Maine. 

Ritchie Palmer

As  a championship swimmer,  a coach, an official, and as  a provider of meet management services,  Ritchie Palmer has a history of impactful  

contributions  to Maine’s swimming and diving community.

In 1975, the Bangor High School swimmer set a Maine interscholastic 200 individual medley record (2:06.5) as the Rams won the New England Interscholastic  Championship.  Earlier in the championship season, Palmer set a Maine interscholastic  record  and a Maine Principals’ Association state record in the 200 individual medley  at the MPA state meet where the Rams won the state title.

He also was a member of Bangor’s 1975  New England record and state record  (3:21.0) 400 free relay.

Competing for the University of Maine Black Bears in 1976, Palmer extended his individual medley skills to the 400 IM and finished fourth for the Black Bears at the New England Intercollegiate  Swimming and Diving Championship. The Black Bears won the New England title.

Palmer returned to the pool 23 years later as a Masters Swimmer and qualified for the U. S. Masters Nationals.

After 12 years as an assistant coach with the Bangor YMCA age group, Palmer joined the Bangor High girls’ coaching staff in 2003 and began a 12 year  tenure at BHS which included team wins at the MPA championships.

Maine colleges, high schools, and the Maine Principals’ Association have utilized the meet management skills of the former MSOA official. His statistical listings of Maine’s interscholastic performances remain 

primary resources for coaches and swimmers during the season.


Palmer’s  recognitions for his contributions  include: the 2004 Canoe City Swim Club Volunteer Award,  2000 Bangor YMCA Volunteer of the Year, and the 2014 Maine Principals’ Association State Meet Dedication.

Harold Paulson

Harold Paulson came to Maine in 1930 after spending his age group days as a swimmer/diver for the Worcester Boys Club in Massachusetts.  After a short stint at the Portland YMCA, Harold began at the Portland Boys Club in 1931 as Pool Director.  He immediately started the boys swim team and established the women’s swim association.  

In 1932, along with Bowdoin College Coach Robert B. Miller, he started the Maine Interscholastic Swim League for high school boy swimming.  He was also voted in as its first president.  In 1935 he became the Maine AAU League President.  

As the Portland High School swim coach, he began the 1941-42 season with 75 straight wins.  In 1944 he established Maine’s first AAU State Championship. In 1947 he established the New England High School Swimming Championships.

During his 46 year high school coaching career he coached some 26 All Americans, several National High School record holders, and several National Champions.  In 1950 he was the coach for Gordon Sellick, National High School swimmer of the year and only high school swimmer to ever be a seven event All American (out of nine possible) in the same season.  The 1950 team featured nine All Americans that set nine national high school records.  The 1956 team broke four national and 41 New England, state, pool, and school records.

He coached the Portland High School boys team for 40 years and the Portland girls team off and on since 1936 until he retired.  He was a long time High School Swimming League president as well as the New England League president.  His high school boys team was a 24 time State Championship team and five time New England Championship team. Portland High School was also a two time unofficial National Team Champion.  In 1978 he received the National High School Outstanding Service Award.

He coached the Portland Boys Club to nine New England Team Championships and four consecutive National Boys Club Team Titles (1948-51).  He coached four Olympic Trials qualifiers, Richard Lucas (world record holder in the 50 backstroke), Rachel Knowles, Gordon Sellick, and Patricia Scott.

Paulson also founded the Grammar and Junior High School Swim Leagues in Maine.  He was also the Maine American Red Cross Chairman and the National Boys Club Secretary for five years.

In 1975, the Mayor of Portland declared May 25th Harold Paulson Day for the city.  

The Riverton Community Center swimming pool is dedicated to Harold Paulson and known as the Harold Paulson Pool.

The Maine High School Boys League annually presents the Harold Paulson Award to the state's top swimmer.

Paulson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Dave Ploch

Dave Ploch was an age group swimmer in Bethesda, Maryland and was his high school team captain his junior and senior year. After graduation he was the Old Town-Orono YMCA assistant swim coach from 1978-1983.

Later that year he was an assistant coach at the Knoxville Westside YMCA for their summer swim team. In the fall of ‘83, he accepted the Old Town High School Girls team coaching position until 1989. In that time the team was the Maine Class B runners up in 1983 and 1986. He was voted Coach of the Year in 1983.

From 1984-1997, Dave was the Old Town High School Boys team coach. In that time, his team was the Class B Maine State runner up in 1984. For 13 subsequent seasons (1985-1997) his Old Town Indians swim team was the Maine Class B State Champions, sometimes by a lot and many times motivating his team to come from the underdog position to win it all.  

Dave was voted Coach of the Year in 1985, 87, 89, 92, 93, and 1996. Dave held several positions in the Maine High School Swim League including Statistics Committee Chairman, League Vice President, and as the League President. In 1989 he was awarded the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association State Distinguished Service Award for Swimming. He and his wife Darlene have been married for 18 years. They and their three sons live in the Bangor Area.

Don Richards

Don Richards taught math and coached swimming at Cape Elizabeth from 1961-1991.  During that time his team’s dual meet record was 727 wins – 86 losses – 3 ties.  His girls team won 286 dual meets in a row from 1968 to 1986.  Don’s teams won 11 State Championships, 15 State Runners-up and 20 Southwestern Championships.  In 1984, his girls team was ranked #1 in the nation by NISCA Power-Point Ranking. 

Between 1991-2000, Don taught and coached at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida.  At Tampa, Don’s team's dual meet record was 176 wins—12 losses-2 ties and they won three regional championships.  Don’s overall career dual meet record is 903 wins- 98 losses- 5 ties.  He has coached 68 Academic All-Americans and 15 swimming and diving All-Americans.  Don has been voted Maine Swimming Coach of the Year eight times.  

Other major accomplishments include NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 1984, featured article in Sports Illustrated in 1990, honored by having the Cape Elizabeth swimming pool named the Donald L. Richards Community Pool in 1991, and received the USM Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award in 1998.  

In addition, Don was founder of the Nautilus Swim Club in Cape Elizabeth, founding member of the Southern Maine Swimming Officials Association, and served many years as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Maine Swim Coaches Association.  Don served as Meet Director for the State Swimming and Diving Championships for many years.   

Whitney Rockwell

Whitney began swimming for Coastal Maine Aquatics in 1990 at age 6. She set 6 state records by age 8 and by 10 years old she had 8 more including a #1 national ranking in the 50 breaststroke.  By the end of her age group career she had gone on to set 16 additional short course records.  She went on to set 8 LCM state records. She was a multiple junior and senior national qualifier and zones champion. At the 2002 Spring U.S. national Championships she finished seventh in the 50m freestyle.

             As a high school swimmer at the Bolles School in Florida, she was a member of the national high school championship team for the 1998 and 99 seasons.  In her junior year she returned to Maine and swam for Cape Elizabeth high school where she was undefeated for the 2000-2002 seasons. In her junior year she won 4 state meet events and set 3 state records. In her senior year she again won 4 state meet events and over the course of the season set 6 state records. She was voted as Maine female swimmer of the year in her junior and senior years as well as being voted captain of her team. She earned high school All-American status her senior year in 3 events (50 free, 100 fly, 100 breaststroke).  She was also a Scholastic  All-American

             In 2002 she joined the University of California Golden Bears swimming team for Olympic coach Teri McKeever. In her two years with the team she was part of a school 200 medley relay record that earned All-American status.  She also qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 50 freestyle.

             She currently lives in Ecuador.

Patricia Scott-Welsh

Pat became interested in swimming while attending Deering High School in the 1940's.  She attended physical education classes once a week at the Portland Boys Club.  She became involved in competitive swimming under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Harold Paulson.  

Pat traveled to AAU meets at Bowdoin College and the Portland Boys Club.  She swam in the first annual Southwestern Maine Girls Interscholastic Swimming Meet on December 11, 1946.  As a junior, Pat broke the state record in the 220 yard freestyle.  As a senior, she broke the state record in the 100 yard backstroke.  It was at this point that Pat decided that she should concentrate on the backstroke events.  

The summer after graduating from Deering High School, Pat Scott qualified in the 100 meter backstroke and swam in the 1948 Olympic Trials held in Detroit.  The first three swimmers made the Olympic Team, Pat finished fourth with a time of 1:22.9.  Pat was the only woman to enter and finish the Peaks to Portland Swim that same summer.  

Pat left Maine to attend Michigan State University and set many records as a member of the MSU swimming team.  She completed and finished fourth in the Nationals in 1951 and won the Junior Nationals in the 100 meter backstroke in 1952.  

When she ended her three year career at MSU, Pat married and raised two sons.  She was a high school physical education and swim instructor until her retirement in 1996.  She is the first woman to be inducted into the Maine Swimming Hall of Fame.

Gordon Sellick

Gordon started competitive swimming at the age of 10 at the Portland Boys Club.  He was a high school All-American all four years of high school in the following events:  50 yard Free, 100 yard Free, 200 yard Free, 100 yard Breaststroke and 150 yard IM.  

He was a state AAU champion in record times for all the freestyle events from the 1500 down to the 50, plus breaststroke and IM.  

At age 13, Gordon was the youngest to swim the Peaks to Portland race.  He was a two-time college All-American in the following events:  50 yard Free, 100 yard Free, 200 yard Free, 200 yard IM and 400 yard IM.  

Gordon became one of the first eight swimmers in the world to go under 50 seconds in the 100 yard Freestyle.  In 1955, Gordon broke the world record in the 100 yard Freestyle (48.8).  

Gordon started the Masters competition in 1987.  He placed first in two events and second in four events at the National Senior Games.   At the World Senior Games he placed first in three events and second in two events.  

Gordon is a current member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Smith-Pulsifer

In 1962, Linda joined the Portland Seals swim team at the Portland Boys Club under Coach Harold Paulson (HoF).  In her first swim meet she set two state records in the 50 free and 50 breaststroke.  She went on to become the most dominant female swimmer in Maine for most of the 1960’s.

             From 1963-67, Linda is credited with setting 34 individual state records in all four strokes and the IM.  At one meet (4/64), she broke a state record that had been set in 1940.

             She also swam in many New England regional swim meets, winning many events and finishing top 3 in many others. In 1965, she earned the highpoint award while at a 3-day New England Invitational Meet for her age group.  While at the AAU national championships that same year, she won the 100 backstroke and finished 3rd in the 100 breaststroke.

             Linda competed for South Portland High School for four years setting school records in most of the events including the schools 1948 50 backstroke record by over 3 seconds to a time of 31.2.  During her four years in high school swimming she was the most dominating girl swimmer in Maine.  After graduation in 1967, she (Linda Leddy) served as a coach for the South Portland High School swim team for 5 years while her children were young.  Returning as head coach for the 1986-87 season with Harold Paulson as her assistant coach.

             Over the years she (Linda Smith-Pulsifer) has taught swimming in South Portland, Saco, Little Diamond Island, Portland Boys Club, Portland YWCA and YMCA.  Business owner, foster parent and now a hospice volunteer, she has had a career of impacting many lives positively.

Emily Caras Snyder

Emily began swimming for Coastal Maine Aquatics (CMA) in 1993 at six-years old.  By the time she was eight, she set five yards state records and LCM records.  As a 10& Under, Emily Set nine yards state records, one SCM record, and six LCM records.  As a 12 & Under, she set 16 yards state records and seven LCM records.  As a 14 & Under she held 5 yards state records, and six LCM state records.  She set one Open Girls yards state record, one Open girls SCM record, and four Open Girls LCM records.  Emily served as CMA team captain in 2005 and 2006.  As of 2017, she still holds 39 Maine Swimming State records.

             In 1998. At 10 years-old, she attained 8 USA Swimming Top 10 rankings, including three number one rankings, in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.73), 100-yard freestyle (56.91), and 50-yard butterfly (28.27).  That year, she was Eastern Zone champion in all three events, and her time in the 100-yard butterfly was an Eastern Zone record and the second fastest of all time.  When she was 12, she attained 10 USA Swimming Top 10 rankings, including two number one rankings, in the 200-yard freestyle(1:53.94) and 200-yard butterfly (2:08.93)  her 200 butterfly time was a national age group record, and her 200 free time was an Eastern Zone record.  As an age group swimmer, Emily also qualified for, and swam in, Junior Nationals and U.S. Open swim meets.

             Emily attended Cape Elizabeth High School and graduated in 2005.  She was a dominant high school swimmer, setting five Maine high school state records and becoming a NISCA All-American in the 500 free (5:03.53) and member of the All-State team.  Emily served as Cape Elizabeth High School team captain in 2003 and 2004

             In high school, Emily also swam in three open water swimming competitions.  In 2002, Emily traveled to Tiburon, California to participate in the RCP Tiburon Mile, winning the female wetsuit division.  She participated in the open water race again in 2003.  Both years, Emily fundraised for the Maine Special Olympics in conjunction with her participation in the open water swim.  She received the Maine Special Olympics Recognition Award – as the largest fundraiser by an individual – and planned and helped run the 2003 Cumberland County Special Olympics Swim Meet.  Emily was the female champion in the 2003 Peaks to Portland 2.4-mile open water swim.

             Emily attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in 2010.  While at Cornell, she was a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain during her senior year.  Emily set four Cornell school records, in the 200-yard free (1:51.89), 200-yard butterfly (2:03.14) and 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays.  In 2008, Emily received the Most Improved Swimmer Award and, in 2010, she received the Overall Achievement and Leadership Award.  While at Cornell, Emily represented the women’s swim team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and was a member of Cornell’s 400 Club, achieving a 4.0 GPA while participating in a varsity sport.  In 2009, Emily’s college swim team earned Scholastic All-America recognition from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).  Today, Emily serves as an alumni mentor for a current member of the Cornell University varsity women’s swim team.

Betty Solorzano

Betty has been a charter member of the Maine Swimming Officials Association since 1968.  She has held the positions of secretary, treasurer and president of the MSOA.  

She has been a charter member of the Eastern Maine Chapter since 1969.  During that time she held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-president, and President.  


She has been an Active Certified Swimming Official from 1968 to the present.  


She served as Meet Director for the first girls High School State Meet in 1973.  She served as a swimming official for every boys and girls High School State Meet and YMCA State Meet from 1968-1993.


She was awarded the Maine State Principals’ Outstanding Achievement Award in 1982.  


She was a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor for over 50 years.  She taught hundreds of boys and girls to swim at YMCA and YWCA and Girl Scout camps.  She served as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer and trained hundreds of young people to become swimming instructors.  She served as Red Cross Water Safety Chairperson and organized Red Cross swimming areas throughout Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.  


She served as Waterfront Director at Girl Scout camps in Maine and Massachusetts.  She served for many years as a lifeguard for the recreation department.

Robert Sommer

Rob Sommer grew up in Cumberland and swam for the Seacoast Swim Club and Greely High School.  At Greely, Rob was captain of the swimming team and established numerous pool, team and state records.  

Although Rob graduated from Greely High School in 1980, he still holds Greely High School records in the 200yd IM (1:58.11), the 500 free (4:47) and the 100 backstroke (54.69).  He was a Junior National Qualifier in 1979 and 1980.  He was a four-time High School State Champion.  

In 1980, Rob held Maine State AAU records in eight events, the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 IM.  At present, he still holds the oldest state meet record in the 200 IM, established in 1980.  

After high school, Rob attended Williams College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  At Williams, Rob was a 24 time All-American.  

He was Division III National Champion in the 200 backstroke and the 100 backstroke.  He is the former School Record Holder in the 100 back (52.54), the 200 backstroke (1:54.19), and the 200 IM (1:54).  

Rob was captain of the Williams Swimming Team in 1984.  He also played four years of water polo at Williams, where he earned All New England honors as goalie and field player.  

After graduating from Williams College, Rob went on to earn a Masters of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Rusty Soule

Rusty began swimming as a 13 year old 7th grader from the King Jr. H.S. in Portland and instantly began winning events. He joined the Portland Boys Club team under Harold Paulson and became the dominant swimmer in Maine AAU swimming, setting many state records over his brief AAU career and being selected to the Maine AAU all star team for 1971,72, and 73.

As a Portland High School swimmer, Rusty (Russell) dominated Maine high school swimming all 4 years, breaking state records his junior and senior years in 6 individual events (100 free 49.9, 200 free 1:51.1, 400 free 4:06.5, 100 fly 54.1, 100 back 57.4, 200IM 2:10.8 and the 400 free relay. His 400 freestyle record still stands today (not an event held since 1973). 

He was a high school New England champion multiple times and New England record setter in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. 

He was named one of 8 outstanding Male Swimmers of the Year in 1973 by the New England Swimming Pool Institute for all of New England.

After graduating from college (he did not swim) he married Maine swimming champion Helen Lawler. They currently live in Portland and have a daughter Marguerite and a son Daniel. 


Doug Springer

In his 10 year tenure guiding the Old Town High girls' teams, Doug Springer led the Indians to six Maine Principals' Association Class B championships, three Class B second place finishes, and three undefeated seasons. 

He coached the 2001 Old Town High boys' team and directed the team to the Class B MPA championship title. 

The 2016 Old Town High Hall of Fame inductee served in a leadership role for Maine State YMCA Competitive Swimming for twelve years and assisted with the Old Town YMCA swim club for 18 years. In 1991, he collaborated with the University of Maine coach to host an international meet with swimmers from Russia, Canada, and the State of Maine. 

As a masters swimmer, he won eight national titles, held six national records, and one world record. In addition, he earned fourteen All American honors. Competing in the Senior Olympic Games, Springer won nineteen gold medals and set sixteen national records. 

After relocating to Arizona following his retirement from the Old Town YMCA, Springer coached the Saddleback Club to fifteen state team titles. Twenty-one Saddleback swimmers won national titles and thirty-eight swimmers earned All American distinction. 

The former University of Maryland captain was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference record holder and champion. Prior to moving to Maine, Springer coached Gallaudet College for two years, the Pan American Puerto Rico National Team and the Clearfield, Pa. YMCA age group and masters teams. 

The Greenwich Ct. native earned three All State honors as a high school swimmer and a New England individual gold medal.

Alan Switzer

Alan Switzer was named the University of Maine’s first swimming and diving coach in 1971 and five years later in 1976 the Black Bears won their first of two New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association titles. 

During his tenure leading the Black Bears from 1971-1990, Switzer’s teams compiled a 139-61 dual meet record. The Black Bears collected five Yankee Conference titles until the conference disbanded. Yearly, the University of Maine swimming and diving program presents to a team member the “Switzer Dedication Award,” in honor of Switzer. 

In 1978, UMaine won their second New England championship in a dominating performance winning 15 of the 18 events, establishing five New England records, and won the meet by 336 points. 

In 1979, Switzer and the Black Bears moved to the highly competitive Eastern Seaboard Swimming and Diving Championship where they competed for five years. Following the 1984 season, UMaine joined the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships for several years before returning to New England’s. At both the Eastern Seaboards and the Eastern Intercollegiates the Blacks remained sharply competitive setting numerous UMaine records in individual events as well as relay events 

Switzer, who began his coaching career at Hebron Academy in 1955 before moving to The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. where he coached Larry Baberie, a member of the 1968 United States Olympic team, introduced the Maine Developmental Meet at UMaine. The meet attracted many of New England’s premier swimmers. For many of Maine’s age group swimmers, the meet’s event format of 200 yard stroke distances and 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle distances afforded the swimmers an opportunity to compete in distances not usually available at that time in Maine’s age group meets. 

The UMaine Sports Hall of Fame inducted Switzer in the Class of 2001 and the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall Of Fame inducted the Harvard University graduate in 2005. Switzer also is a member of the Hebron Academy Hall of Fame. 

Following his retirement from UMaine, Swizter relocated to New Hampshire full time where he continued to direct the Sandwich Aquatic School which he led for 50 summers. 

Shortly after moving to New Hampshire, Switzer was named head coach of women’s swimming and diving at Plymouth State University, a position he held for 27 years. In 2003, 2004, 201,7 and 2018 he was voted the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Charlie Batterman Diving Coach of the Year.

Jason Thomas

Jason began swimming at age 5 at the Bangor Y under assistant coach Jim Willis.  In 1988, he swam with the Canoe City Swim Club under Norm Palmer and eventually Jim Willis.  At age 14, he set state records in the 13-14 boy division in the 200,500,1000, and 1650 free events. He was also that year's Eastern Zone Champion in the 200 free.  As a senior level swimmer, he established records again in the same events. He was also a member of four record breaking relays during that time.  Of those eight individual state records six still stand 20 years later.  At the 1999 YMCA National Championships he earned All-American status in the 200 and 500 freestyle, scoring in both events.

             Under Coach Phil Emery, at Bangor HS, Jason established and re-established multiple team and PVC conference records.  As a freshman at the 198 State Meet, Jason was a four-time champion setting records in the 200 and 500 free and both championship relays.  As a Sophomore, Jason repeated that feat while his times of 140.70 and 433.21 earned him HS All-American honors.  Both his 200 and 500 times are still state records to date.  He was awarded the prestigious “Harold Paulson” award at both the 1998 and 1999 State meet.  Junior and senior years, Jason attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania.  At Mercersburg, he earned four more individual All-American Awards as well as four additional AA relay awards. Jason was voted team captain in all three years of his years at Mercersburg. During his high school career any relay he was on was victorious and he was only beaten in six races all by the high school national record holder Fran Crippen.

             As a scholarship swimmer at the University of Tennessee, in his freshman year placed 23rd at the NCAA D-1 Championships in the 1650 and was a member of an All-American Honorable Mention 800 Free Relay team. A shoulder injury led to a year and a half rehab and recovery.  After rejoining the team, he was a member of an All-American Honorable mention 800 free relay team. That relay would be his last race as he re-injured his shoulder weeks prior to the NCAA’s. Though unable to swim, Jason remained involved with the team as a special assistant to the UT Men’s swim team.  He was also hired as the Head Swim Coach for West High School in Knoxville, TN.  While there, Jason coached two Knoxville City Champions.  After college Jason was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served two tours in the Middle East as an Attack Helicopter Pilot.  Sadly, Jason died in 2016.  He was married to Meaghan Thomas and they had two children.

Hanna Turlish

Hannah began swimming for the Lewiston YWCA Blue Sharks in the winter of 1977 and for the Lewiston Rec. Weeeooo’s in the summer of 1977 as a 6 year old. 

As an 8 year old she set her first Maine state record in the 100 fly. By the time she was 10 she had set nine individual AAU state records. 

As a 12 year old she had set nine 11-12 state AAU state records. As a 14 year old she had set nine 13-14 AAU state records. As a 15 and older swimmer she set six 15 and older state AAU records several of which still stand today.

While a student at Hebron Academy for her freshman and sophomore years she set prep school New England Records in the 100 and 200 freestyles (52.8 and 1:53.4) and was named outstanding swimmer for New England Private Schools. 

She was a first team All American as well and a Junior Nationals qualifier. For her junior and senior years she attended Germantown Academy where during her senior year “Swimming World” magazine named GA the national girls team champions. 

She qualified for senior nationals in each of her four high school season including in 5 events her senior year. She again was a prep school All American both years. She earned a full scholarship to The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill beginning in the fall of 1987. 

She went on to set school records in 3 individual events (200, 500, and 1650) as well as ACC conference record holder in the 1650. She was twice named to the NCAA Division 1 All American rankings. She made the 1988 Olympic Trials, competing in the 200 meter free finishing 30th. Hannah currently lives in Manhattan and is the History Department Head at the Spence School.

John Waldman

John Waldman, the 11th ranked swimmer in the world by the American Swim Coaches Association in 1983, was introduced to competitive swimming at the Bath YMCA in 1971.


He later transferred to the Boothbay YMCA and in 1980 won the New England YMCA Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke. The same year, racing for Hebron Academy, Waldman won the New England Prep School title in the 100 breaststroke and earned All American recognition.


Enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh following graduation from Hebron, he claimed the 1980-81 Eastern Intercollegiate Championship title in the breaststroke. The remainder of his college career he swam for the Indiana University Hoosiers and Doc Counsilman.


 At IU, Waldman was the USS Indiana State Swimmer of the Year in 1983-85 and won the 1983 and 1984 Big Ten gold medals in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. An All-American in the 100 breaststroke in 1983, he qualified for the NCAA championships in 1983-1985.


At the 1984 Olympic Trials, Waldman finished 9th in the 100 meter

breaststroke (1:05.28) and 18th in the 200 meter (2:26.19). Also, in 1984 he won the Canadian Cup gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke.


Competing as a masters swimmer in 1987, he established a short course international record in 100-meter breaststroke, a record that extended for 17 years. He is a 5 time United States Masters American record holder.


The 1987 founder of Fluid Mechanics, Waldman is the designer of Vision Works Timing System and the author of the "Swimming Mechanics" educational series.

Roy Warren

Roy began his diving career at the Bangor YMCA when he was in eighth grade.  He graduated from Bangor High School in 1973 and the University of Maine in 1977.  While at Bangor High School, Roy was undefeated in all dual meets.  He was State Diving Champion all three years.  He culminated his high school diving career by winning the New England Diving Championship and established a new meet record with 488 points.  

Roy also competed as a swimmer and climaxed his swimming at Bangor High School by anchoring the 200 yard medley relay to a come from behind victory and a new state meet record.  

He was featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” in 1973.  He was also named High School All American in 1973.  At the University of Maine, Roy led University of Maine to two Yankee Conference Championships and two Yankee Conference runner-up titles.  He won six of eight New England titles during his time at U Maine and was second the other two times.  

Roy won the Yankee Conference Three Meter Championship for four consecutive years.  He also competed in the NCAA Division 1 Championships during each of his four years at U Maine, the only student athlete to do so.  Roy also coached the Old Town boys swim team for one season after graduation and served as the Diving Coach at Bangor High School on two different occasions.

James Wells

James Wells, one of Maine's most accomplished swimmers, competed in the United States 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke. 

In 2013, Wells represented Team USA at the World University Games in Russia where he advanced to the semi final in the 100 backstroke. He also qualified for the 2015 World University Games in South Korea, but he did not participate. 

A scholarship swimmer at Indiana University, he earned NCAA Division 1 All American medley relay recognitions in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Wells earned individual All American honors in the 100-yard backstroke in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

He won Big Ten Championship gold medals in the 100-yard in 2012 (46.30) and 2013 (46.04). The Big Ten Conference named him to the All Big Ten First Team in 2012 and 2013. His 200-yard backstroke performance of 1:41.3 and his 100-yard backstroke time of 45.52 remain among the fastest in Hoosier history. 

The eight-time United States Open Senior National competitor accumulated 117 national, state, pool, and team records as a YMCA and U.S. swimmer. 

At Morse High of Bath, Wells collected NISCA All American accolades in 2009 in the 100 butterfly, 100 back, and 50 free and in 2010 in the 100 back and 50 free. He established Maine interscholastic swim records in the 50 free (20.94), 100 back (49.68), 100 fly (50.06) and the 100 free (46.6). In 2009 and 2010, Wells was voted Maine Interscholastic Swimmer of the Meet. 

Wells' swimming career began at the Bath YMCA under Hall of Fame Coach Jay Morissette. While racing for the Bath Y, Wells won 19 state meet titles in free, backstroke, butterfly, and individual medley events. Additionally, he claimed three New England YMCA crowns. In 2009 at the YMCA Nationals, Wells won three events. HIs gold medal swim of 47.43 in the 100- yard back missed the national record by two tenths of a second. A year later, Wells set a YMCA National Meet Long Course record and a University of Maryland record in the 50 meter back (25.9).

Harvey Wheeler

Harvey Wheeler's swimming and diving career has spanned 47 years as an athlete, age group swimming and diving coach, high school swimming and diving coach, and college diving coach.

As an athlete, Harvey was Triple C, Maine State High School and Maine State AAU diving champion in 1963.  He went on to attend Bowdoin College and established the Bowdoin College IM diving record in 1964 and in 1965 was an NCAA All-American diver.  After graduating from Bowdoin, Harvey returned to his alma mater and taught biology at Falmouth High School for 27 years and was the boys swimming coach from 1967 until 1984.  

During his tenure as head coach, Harvey won four Class B league championships and four Class B state championships.  He became Falmouth's girls swimming Head Coach from 1985 through 1987 and won two Class B girls state championships.  

Between 1987 and 1994, Harvey coached the Falmouth High School divers and produced many state champions including Katie Mailman, who earned All-American honors in 1995.  Harvey became the first coach of the Seacoast Swim Club and coached them from 1974 - 1984.  During this time, Seacoast won numerous AAU Winter and Summer Age Group and Senior state championships.  

Harvey founded the Polar Bear Diving Club in 1986 and has coached this program to the present.  His diving club has produced many State Class A and B champions and three of his divers have competed at the United States Diving Nationals.  He has been Bowdoin College's Mens and Womens Diving Coach since 1989.  His divers have made 13 trips to the NCAA III Nationals, he has coached 26 All American divers including Frank Marston who won the National 3 meter diving championship in 1991 and was selected NCAA Diver of the Year. 

Finally, Harvey's coaching awards included the following:  Maine Swimming Coach of the Year for 1971, Class B Swimming Coach of the Year over eight times, Class B Diving Coach of the year in 1995, New England College Diving Coach of the Year in 1990, NCAA Division III Diving Coach of the Year in 1991 and 2006 NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year.

Harold "Bud" White

Harold began swimming for his father Harold S. White, Sr., then coach of the Auburn YMCA in the early 1930’s. As a 4 year high school swimmer, he was undefeated in individual events in dual meet competition. He was a high school state record holder in the 50 free (25.0) and the 100 freestyle (55.3) for 1935. Those records would last 6 years each with his 100 time earning him high school All American status.

During his collegiate career at Bowdoin College, he again went undefeated in his sprint free events eventually setting 3 Bowdoin and New England Collegiate records becoming Bowdoin’ first collegiate All American swimmer as a senior in 1939. He was voted Bowdoin’s team captain his senior year and was named New England college swimmer of the year for 1938. Coach Robert Miller considered Bud a top Olympic prospect for the 1940 Tokyo, Japan games which were canceled.

Bud was also a semi-pro baseball player and eventually worked as Thornton Academies Athletic Director. He was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. He was also inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also named as one of Sports Illustrated magazines Maine picks for All Time Top Athletes at #30 in 2000 just 4 spots behind Whitney Leeman (HoF 2005).

Bob Winslow

Bob Winslow's coaching career at Belfast High began in 1973-4. In 2016, the Lions' head coach recorded his 350th victory. At the time of his HOF induction Winslow owned a 382-156-6 won-loss-tie record. 

Under Winslow's direction the Belfast boys' have won three Maine Principals' Association Class B championships and 17 Lion relays have collected gold medals at the championships. Belfast swimmers have nabbed 26 individual gold medals while Winslow, who also coaches diving, has guided five Lion divers to first place finishes at the MPA championships. 

A member of Winslow's 2007 team won a gold medal at the New England Intercollegiate Championship. 

In Kennebec Valley Conference competition, the Lions own 17 team titles highlighted by ten consecutive championships from 1992-2001. Winslow's swimmers have captured 78 KVAC individual wins and 37 relay victories. SIx of the Lions' relay wins established KVAC records. 

Belfast divers have claimed 16 KVAC diving titles and set three league records. 

In recognition of Winslow's achievements and contributions to Maine swimming and diving, the Maine Principals' Association dedicated the 2001 Class A and Class B championship meets to the four time Maine Class B Swimming Coach of the Year and the two-time Class B Diving Coach of the Year. 

The former Maine Interscholastic Swim League President and Vice President earned 13 KVAC Coach of the Year recognitions. 

Winslow has officiated YMCA as well as interscholastic meets.

Gilbert Wishart

Gil started competitive swimming very late.  Unlike Lucas and Sellick, Gil did not come up through the ranks of the Portland Boys Club under Harold Paulson.  

In 1948, Gil upset Jimmy McClain, probably the most famous American swimmer at that time.  McClain went on to win NCAA and Olympic championships in 1953 and 1954.  The Wishart-McClain showdown came in a dual meet between Portland High School and Andover Academy.  

Wishart not only beat McClain, but swam the fastest schoolboy 100 freestyle in the nation that year, in 53.1.  That time was also a national high school record.  In 1948 Gil went undefeated in the State and New England Championships in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle.  He was also New England Boys Club champion in the same events.  Finally, in 1948, Gil was named to the High School All-American team. 

Kevin Wright

Most of Kevin Wright's life has been spent on or around a diving board.  He started diving at the Bangor YMCA and then continued the sport at Bangor High School and competed with the Black Bear Diving Club out of the University of Maine at Orono.  He continued his diving atOhio State University and the University of Maine.  

Some of the highlights of Kevin's diving career include:  National Champion for 15 year olds; undefeated in all dual and championship meets at both the State and New England level and was the State and New England record holder.  

He was a three-time high school All-American and was rated the top high school diver in the country his senior year.  He was State Diving Champion and New England Diving Champion all three years at Bangor High School.  He still holds the state diving record for the most total points in a six dive format.  

While at Ohio State, Kevin finished 3rd and 5th at the NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships in 1980.  He still holds 1 meter and 3 meter diving records at UMO.  

Kevin has been Head Diving Coach at Texas A&M University since 1992.  As coach of the Texas Aggies, Kevin has been named Big 12 Diving Coach of the Year five times, and has coached 26 All-Americans.   

Kevin's divers have accomplished 49 top-three finishes in conference championships, have won ten conference championship titles, and have represented the United States and Canada at such international and world events as the Canada Cup, USA Fina Grand Prix, China Grand Prix, World University Games, Goodwill Games and Fina World Cup. 

Dewey Wyatt

Dewey Wyatt, the first interscholastic swimmer in Maine to break the 60-second mark in the 100-yard breaststroke  (59.83), was named a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches All American in 1982.


Swimming for the Greely High Rangers, Wyatt also was named Maine's Interscholastic Swimmer of the Year in 1982.


As a freshman at Indiana University, he swam for Doc Counsilman, the 1964 and 1976 United States Olympic Swimming Team head coach. After a year at IU, Wyatt transferred to the University of Maine where he swam for Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame member Alan Switzer.


In 1987, he won the Eastern Collegiate Conference 100 breaststroke title. The same year Wyatt established Black Bear records in both the 100-yard  (57.43) and the 200-yard (2:06.69) breaststroke. Wyatt's performances were UMaine records for nearly 30 years.


As a masters swimmer, he established a world masters record in the  50 long course breaststroke (30.39) and collected a silver medal in the 30-34 age group 100 long course breaststroke at 1:08.57.


The Greely High captain began his swimming career as a junior high student. Soon after, he joined the Seacoast Swim Club, coached by Harvey Wheeler, now a member of the MSD HOF. 


Wyatt set numerous USS/AAU Maine age group records in the breaststroke events swimming for Seacoast. He swam the breaststroke leg on the Greely High state record 200-medley relay, a record that remained for 11 years.


From 1994-97 Wyatt served as an assistant coach at Wabash College, an NCAA Division lll member in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Jennifer Roberts Zarkoskie

Jenni Roberts Zarkoskie competed in the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly two years after winning the 100 yard butterfly at the YMCA Nationals. Earlier in 2012, Zarkoskie earned NCAA Honorable Mention Division 1 All American recognition as a member of the University of Maryland's NCAA Championship 200 free relay. (1:30). 

Zarkoskie, also, raced in the 100 yard butterfly (53.98), the 200 yard butterfly (1:59.96), and the 200 yard individual medley (2:01.32) at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Championship. The sophomore was a member of Maryland's 400-yard free relay record (3:16) established at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. 

Following her sophomore year, Zarkoskie transferred to the University of New Hampshire and garnered the 2013 America East Swimmer of Year honors. At the AE Championship, she won the 200-yard IM (2:00.42) pool record, 100-butterfly (54.50) pool record, and the 200 individual medley (2:00.42) meet and pool record. She led off the Wildcats' 800 free relay at the AE Championship with a 1:48.60 split, a pool record. 

At the 2013 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Zarkoskie won the 200- yard individual medley (1:58.79) and collected another Swimmer of the Year honor. As a senior at the 2014 ECAC Championship, she won the 200-yard free (1:48.50) and the 200 yard individual medley (2:00.24). The 2010 Maine State Female Athlete of the Year closed her AE swimming career with a gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly (53.96). 

At the time of her induction into the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, Zarkoskie held UNH school records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard butterfly, the ECAC record in the 200 individual medley, and the AE record in the 200 butterfly. 

Zarkosie won seven individual gold medals at the Maine Principals' Association Class A State Championships during her four years racing for Sanford High. Her performances included four state records and five Class A championship meet records. 

In addition to her 2010 victory at the YMCA Nationals, the Maine Interscholastic Swimmer of the Year won a bronze medal at the Y Nationals in the 200-yard butterfly. (2:01.64).