The Penobscot Bay YMCA has announced the hiring of Lianne McCluskey as the new coach of the Penobscot Bay Sailfish, the organization’s youth swimming team.

McCluskey replaces Hodding Carter, who led a revitalization of the team in recent years and grew the team to nearly 100 swimmers.

McCluskey is no stranger to the Sailfish, as she currently holds numerous team records. A 2010 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, McCluskey was named the 2009-10 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolgirl athlete of the year based on her accomplishments in swimming, cross country and outdoor track.

She went on to swim competitively in college at Denison University of Granville, Ohio, and La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa., having won an NCAA title as a member of Denison’s 200-yard freestyle relay.

Until recently, McCluskey had been coaching with Nitro Swimming, a USA Swimming gold medal-ranked swim club based in Austin, Texas.

“We are thrilled to have Lianne rejoin our Y family,” said Penobscot Bay YMCA CEO Troy Curtis. “We could not have hoped to attract an individual of greater character and talent to work with our swim team athletes than Lianne.”

McCluskey’s first day will be Monday, Oct. 3 — which will coincide with the start of the season for the Sailfish.

“I am excited to once again be part of the Sailfish swim team and bring what I have learned back to the team that initially instilled my passion for competitive swimming,” said McCluskey.

Longtime assistant coach Patty Libby will remain on the staff, while Ben St. Cyr, the YMCA’s aquatics director, also will work directly with the swim team athletes this season.

An open house for the Sailfish will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA. For more information, call 236-3375.

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