Swimmers are inspired by his dedication and spirit.
Sophomore Kayla Redman, of Waterville, called him “amazing” and “awesome.” Senior Kelsey Poland, of Levant, called him an “inspiration.”
“He’s dedicated. To be here means a lot to us,” said sophomore Erin Aucoin, of Brewer.
Babin acknowledged that there have been times when he was discouraged by the challenges during several nightmarish years of health problems, which were capped by arterial stents last spring to improve blood flow to his heart and flesh-eating bacteria that led to the amputation last fall.
“But here I am, thanks to the good people around me and my positive attitude. All the support has helped me stay positive,” Babin said.
Assistant coach Robby MacDonald said Babin is invested in the success of the team and the development of the team members.