Last Lane Spawns Success For Bangor Swim Team 

It’s all about the fundamentals if you want to excel at swimming.One local school builds those fundamentals from the ground up.Bangor High School is second to nobody when it comes to boys swimming.With a record 17 Class ‘A’ state championships, the Rams are consistently one of the best in the state.There is no secret to their success – it all begins in the last lane.They call it the lane of champions. Lane six at the pool where the Bangor boys swimming team practices is reserved for kids new to swimming but the results are unmatched.Coach Phil Emery says, “By the time they’ve been here four years, they should be major contributors to the team.”Winners of the last three state championships, the Rams require the kids from lane six to step up in order to keep the winning tradition alive.Joey Quinn says, “It’s definitely huge. I don’t think there is any other program in the state of Maine like it. There’s kids here who never swum before.”The kids in lane six may see it as a way to get away from the TV.Zach Stanwood says, “It’s a great way to stay in shape its something to do during the winter. It’s something to get active.”But with 14 of the 17 seniors being former lane six grads, Coach Emery knows the importance of the program.”The key is to not let them lose their confidence and find a reason to before they really understand what its about.”We’re only a few weeks into this year’s swim season and already four former members of lane six have qualified for this year’s state championship.Bangor’s next meet is on Saturday, January 2nd at the Husson swimming pool where they’ll be competing against Brewer.