WATERVILLE — Maine Masters swimmers had a rare shot at setting four of the five 25-meter course relay records at a meet on July 2.Five New England records and eight Maine records were broken at the meet.Standing New England records for the 80-year-old men’s relays, which were already held by Mainers, were more than a decade old.The ages of the four swimmers on the team combined to total more than 320 years. Maine’s six-man attack team consisted of Bill Reeve (85, Ellsworth YMCA), Phil Kerr (81, Augusta YMCA), Bill Jones (79, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Frank Giustra (79, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Peter Giustra (78, Penobscot Bay YMCA) and Harry Schmitke (78, Penobscot Bay YMCA). Hans Wendel (80, formerly of Dover-Foxcroft YMCA) was on his way from Florida when he suffered a stroke and couldn’t compete. The team reports that he is recovering well.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 200-meter freestyle relay, Reeve, Frank Giustra, Kerr and Jones took 28 seconds (12 percent) off the 2004 state and New England record.In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Reeve, Kerr, Frank and Peter Giustra took 35 seconds (7 percent) off the 2001 state and New England record.In the 200-meter medley relay, Reeve, Schmitke, Jones and Peter Giustra took 29 seconds (12 percent) off the 2001 state and New England record.In the 400-meter medley relay, Reeve, Schmitke, Jones and Frank Giustra set Maine and New England records for the new event.The age 60 mixed relay team included Susan Rardin (66, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Doug Trenkle (67, Ellsworth YMCA), Tish Noyes (64, Ellsworth YMCA) and Tim Lecrone (43, Waterville meet organizer). Their ages combined for 240 years.In the 200-meter freestyle relay, the team missed the Maine record by 3.96 seconds.In the 400-meter freestyle relay, they set a Maine record for the new event.In the 200-meter medley relay, they set a Maine record, where none previously existed, and broke the New England record by 0.92 seconds.In the 400-meter medley relay, they broke the Maine record by 0.76 seconds.In addition to their record-breaking relay performances, Trenkle and Noyes swam individual events as well.Noyes swam the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.Trenkle swam the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter individual medley.No records were broken in these individual performances, but some could be national top-ten times once results are compiled at the end of the year.
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In his postgame radio interview on 710 ESPN on Saturday after USC hung on to beat Arizona 24-20 in Tucson, it didn’t take long for head coach Clay Helton to utter the words, “control our destiny.”He did it last season ad nauseam, to the point that writers placed bets in the press box as to how many times Helton would use that phrase in his postgame interview — which means that no matter how bad things may seem, USC is still in position to win the Pac-12 South. It’s one of the many cliches that clutter Helton’s press conferences, and it would be accurate to characterize him as a coach who sees the glass as half full, no matter the circumstances.To be fair, Helton admitted to not being satisfied with how the Trojans finished Saturday’s contest. With a 24-0 second half lead, USC shot itself in the foot with turnovers, penalties and poor decision-making, allowing Arizona and its hobbled quarterback, Khalil Tate, to come dangerously close to making a comeback. Nobody in the locker room seemed particularly happy, like freshman quarterback JT Daniels: “You can’t be too mad when you get a win, but I’m pretty mad. We can do better. And I guess that’s a positive, [because] we’re nowhere near our potential.”Or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns: “I’m not happy for [the win] because I know we should’ve done better.”Or senior linebacker Cam Smith: “I think we just haven’t put a complete game together, and we’re due.”But still — “control our destiny.” Mhmm.The thing is, though, his words actually ring true. With a 2-1 conference record, the Trojans do control their own destiny. They can play exactly like they did on Saturday — exceptional at times, terribly at others — and roll through a weak Pac-12 South. Of its six remaining conference games, USC is projected by ESPN’s Football Power Index to win all but one of them, with Oct. 20’s road game at Utah the only toss up. The Trojans get Colorado, Arizona State and Cal at home. They’ll play Utah, Oregon State and UCLA on the road. None of these teams match USC’s talent. None of them have USC’s playmakers. If the Trojans show up to these games with a half-decent game plan, they can finish 8-1 in the Pac-12 and undefeated in the South. Whether or not playoff contender Notre Dame blows them out in the regular season finale has no impact on a potential Pac-12 Championship berth. This is why this football program is as promising as it is infuriating. The Trojans can be so much more than a team that merely beats up on inferior competition, so much better than a team that escapes Tucson with a win that should have never been in doubt, yet was in jeopardy up until they recovered an onside kick late in regulation.Nobody questions the skill. Look at how composed Daniels seemed, as an 18-year-old starting quarterback. Look at how explosive senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware was on the ground, rushing for two touchdowns and 173 yards. Look at how the defense shut down the dynamic Tate and Arizona’s rushing attack, which entered the game leading the Pac-12 with an average of 247.2 yards per game but was held to 98 yards on Saturday.And yet, the Trojans barely clawed out the win to inch a game above .500 on the season, and they remain unranked for the third straight week. This can be better. It should be better. Being able to “control our destiny” shouldn’t be the goal; it should be a given. If USC wins the rest of its conference games but is blown out by Notre Dame to end the regular season, all that means is the Trojans won the games they should have won only to lose a game that would have actually meant something bigger than just controlling their destiny. Instead of measuring USC against Pac-12 competition, Helton should be looking at the non-conference results. Since 2016, the Trojans have suffered blowout losses to Alabama, Texas and Ohio State, with the 2017 Rose Bowl win over Penn State the lone statement out-of-conference victory in the Helton era. But USC might reach the Rose Bowl this season anyway without having to prove itself. All the Trojans have to do is beat mediocre competition the next six games, and then come up on top against presumably Stanford or Washington in the Pac-12 Championship.So yes, Helton is right: USC does control its own destiny, and it could be enough to keep everyone happy this season. But that is frustrating in itself.Eric He is a senior majoring in journalism. He is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.
This is the second big deal the Yankees have pulled off with the Mariners in 2019 as Seattle traded starting pitcher James Paxton to New York this offseason. The Yankees have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Mariners, the team announced Saturday.New York picked up the big bat from Seattle for right-handed pitcher Juan Then and cash considerations. And according to USA Today, the Mariners will eat $30 million of Encarnacion’s contract in the deal. He is under contract with Seattle through 2020 after signing a three-year, $60 million deal.Encarnacion leads the American League with 21 home runs. Related News MLB trade rumors: Tigers listening to offers for Nicholas Castellanos, Matthew Boyd MLB trade rumors: White Sox may want to add controllable starter MLB trade rumors: Yankees send Brad Miller to Phillies for cash considerations The Mariners have reportedly made just about their entire roster available and are trying to trade the entire team, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.They have now dealt two big bats in Encarnacion and Jay Bruce who they sent to the Phillies recently.