February 23, 2013

College Connection: Records fall as local swimmers excel

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A pair of Maine residents excelled at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association championships in White River Junction, Vt.

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Andrew Marshall of Kittery, a senior at St. Michael’s College, set three school records in freestyle races at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association championships.

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Westbrook’s Keegan Goan, a junior at Elms College in Springfield, Mass., starred in the butterfly and individual medley.

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Westbrook's Keegan Goan, a junior at Elms College in Springfield, Mass., starred in the butterfly and individual medley, while St. Michael's College senior Andrew Marshall of Kittery (St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover, N.H.) was one of the top distance swimmers at the meet.

Goan's effort helped Elms finish sixth in the team competition. He established personal-best and school-record times in 10 of his 11 races (including heats). He finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (53.25 seconds), second in the 50 fly (23.75) and second in the 100 IM (56.26).

Goan also helped Elms set four school records in relays with four top-five finishes, placing third in the 400 and 200 medley, fourth in the 400 free and fifth in the 200 free.

Throughout the season, Goan made a habit of breaking his records. He now holds or is part of 13 school records.

Marshall set school records in three distance freestyle events, as he finished fourth in the 1,000 (10:08.30) and 1,650 (16:56.32), and fifth in the 500 (4:53.73). His 1,650 time broke a school mark by 44 seconds.

Marshall was also part of four top-10 relay teams, including the 400 and 800 free relays with sophomore Nathan Paluso of Windham. He was named the Northeast-10 Conference men's swimmer of the week for the second time in three weeks.

For the season, Marshall was part of 15 of his team's 37 event victories, including 13 of the team's 33 individual wins.

At the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championships, Wheaton freshman Daniel Spencer of North Yarmouth (Greely) helped set a school record in the 400 freestyle relay and was part of a season-best time in the 200 free relay that placed third.

Junior teammate Kyle Wilson swam a personal-best time to finish 16th in the 200 IM.


St. Michael's College freshman Catherine Tierney of Cape Elizabeth was part of a sixth-place 200 medley relay team and a seventh-place 400 free relay, and was seventh individually in the 1,650 free at the NEISDA championships.

Freshman Kelsey White of Bath (Morse) swam the fastest 200-yard butterfly of the season for Wheaton to finish 22nd at the NEWMAC championships.


Wentworth Institute of Technology junior guard Derek Mayo of Casco (Lake Region) was named a first-team all-Commonwealth Coast Conference player. Mayo has started every game in his three seasons for the Leopards. This winter he averaged 12.8 points, and team-leading totals of 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

On Feb. 2, he scored a career-high 25 points against Nichols.

Another Lake Region product, sophomore guard Matt Langadas of Sebago, was a 13.3 ppg scorer for Nichols College and an all-CCC honorable mention choice for the second straight season.

With back-to-back 18-point games, Bentley freshman forward Tyler McFarland of Rockport (Camden Hills) was named the Northeast-10 rookie of the week. Bentley went 1-1, with McFarland getting 10 rebounds in a four-point loss to St. Michael's and seven rebounds in a 69-46 win against Southern New Hampshire. Bentley is 8-15.

The Falcons have been without sophomore Andrew Shaw of Saco (Thornton Academy) because of a broken collarbone.

Husson went 17-8 in the regular season and won its quarterfinal in the North Atlantic Conference tournament as the second seed thanks in part to senior Eric Modica of Kittery (Traip Academy) and junior Phil Leighton of Naples (Lake Region). Modica had 12 points, five assists and nine rebounds in the quarterfinal and was averaging 11.5 points per game. Leighton (nine points in the quarterfinal) was averaging 7.2 points.

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