Krystal (Fogler) Laviguer, who coached Husson College’s first-ever women’s swim team two years ago, and had been the director of the Bangor-based school’s Swan (fitness) Center and pool, has left the institution to pursue other opportunities.
Laviguer had turned the coaching reins over to Butch Babin last winter while she was on maternity leave but she returned to finish the school year.
“She did a great job for us,” said Husson athletic director Gabby Price. “I can’t say enough good about her. The Swan Center had 18,000 people go through it last year and the pool has made great strides [under her guidance].
“She also started the swim program. We very much appreciate everything she’s done and we’ll miss her,” added Price.
Price said they are in the process of naming a successor or successors depending upon whether they decide to break up the positions.
“We’re thinking of making the pool its own entity and growing the aquatic program in different areas,” said Price.
Adding a Husson men’s swim program could become a reality down the road, according to Price.
The Bangor High School boys and girls swim teams also use the Husson College pool as does the Hurricanes Swim Club.
In addition, Price said they are looking to “do more things” with the Swan Center.
Laviguer is a former standout swimmer at the University of Maine and girls swim coach Old Town High School.
She was a two-time Most Outstanding Performer at the America East championship meets and held the AE records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. She also owned the school records in the 100 and 200 freestyles.
The UMaine library is named after her great grandfather, the late Raymond Fogler.
CCSU’s Snyder earns honors
Lindsey Snyder of Winterport recently capped off an outstanding career as a swimmer at Central Connecticut State University.
Most recently, the senior was honored as an ESPN The Magazine All-District second-team selection after helping the Blue Devils to Northeast Conference and ECAC championships.
Snyder, who graduated from Bangor High in 2004, was a two-time captain at CCSU, where she earned her second straight NEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor last season.
Snyder was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the NAC Championships, winning her fourth consecutive 200 backstroke title in a record time of 2 minutes, 1.43 seconds. She also won her third NEC 100 back crown in a league-record 57.02 seconds.
Snyder also claimed the 200 individual medley, giving her eight career NEC individual championships. She swam on nine NEC champion relay squads in her career.
The two-time College Swim Coaches Association of America Academic All-America earned a 3.82 grade point average while majoring in elementary education. She also scored 52 points to spark ECSU to the ECAC title.
The CCSU athletic department this spring honored Snyder with the Gail Rutz Award, which is given to the school’s top female senior student-athlete.
She also was named a CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention this year by virtue of reaching the NCAA’s “B” qualifying standard in the 200 back.
Cliff earns NAC tennis honors
Former Hermon High School standout Jeremy Cliff of Thomas College has been named the 2008 North Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player Of The Year.
Cliff, a freshman, went 5-0 in regular-season conference singles play, and also went undefeated in doubles.
He then went on to win the NAC first singles championship, defeating Dash Kramer of Wheelock 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
Cliff also was recognized as the conference’s rookie of the year and on the All-NAC first team in singles and doubles.
2 Saint Joseph’s teams join NAC
Two teams at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish will be affiliated with the North Atlantic Conference beginning next fall.
The college announced Wednesday that the Monks’ field hockey and men’s lacrosse programs have been admitted to the NAC as associate members.
Both teams will begin competing in the NAC during 2008-09 and will be eligible to earn the NCAA automatic qualifier awarded to the league champion in both sports.
Saint Joseph’s field hockey began as an NAIA program in 1995 and has played as an NCAA Division III independent since 2001. Last season, the Monks (14-7) earned a trip to the ECAC Tournament.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference, of which Saint Joseph’s is a member in 12 sports, does not sponsor field hockey.
The Monks men’s lacrosse team recently capped its first season of varsity competition with a 2-9 record as an NCAA Division III independent. The plan is for the program to play two seasons in the NAC before the GNAC begins sponsoring the sport in 2011.