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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 25, 2008

Sylvan Ellefson '09
A monster finish to junior Nordic skier Sylvan Ellefson'sregular season -- 10K Free Technique wins at the last two carnivals, Williams and Middlebury, and second place in the 15K Classic Technique race at Middlebury on Saturday -- pushed him to the very top of the men's individual rankings, with 325 points to 320 for runner-up Glenn Randall of Dartmouth.Thus, after achieving a Bates first with by winning an EISA race, then reprising the feat a week later, Ellefson has established another Bates first by earning the EISA's top ranking.

Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) finished the 15K Classical race at Middlebury in 39:58.8, trailing only Vermont's Juergen Uhl in the field of 61 competitors, leading three Bates men to finish in the top 10, along with juniors Sam Evans-Brown and Tim Whiton. Friday in the Men's 10K Free Technique race Ellefson won for his second straight individual race win, following a victory in the 10K Free the week before at the Williams Carnival.

Though he will be making his third trip to the NCAA Ski Championships March 5-8 in Bozeman, Mont., Ellefson battled illness early this season and struggled to regain his form from a year ago, when he placed 11th in the country in the 10K Free Technique at nationals -- making his resurgence in the past several weeks all the more stunning.

Katelyn Drake '10
It was a terrific NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships for the Bates women, for no member more so than sophomore Katelyn Drake.While Bates as a team broke 10 team records, Drake (Hudson, Ohio) reset three of them on her own in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, and three others as part of the school's best-ever relay teams in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays, along with teammates Annie Barton, Charlotte Greenand Emilie Swenson. Drake broke her own school records in the 100 and 200 back. Of particular note on the relays, Bates was seeded ninth in both the 200 and 400 but finished fourth, and hadn't even raced the 800 relay all season.

Drake also came well under the B cut for NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 back (Green also hit the B mark in the 100 freestyle), and earned her first NESCAC All-Conference honors for finishing third in the 100 back.