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Bobcats of the week of March 17, 2008

Noah Gauthier '08
Noah Gauthier was king for a day last week when he captured first place in the 35-pound weight throw on Friday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.Gauthier became the third Bates man to win the national title in the weight throw and won the 14th national title in Bates men's track and field history, as well as the third All-America award of his college career.

The winning throw was his third of the day, a heave of 63 feet, 1 1/2 inches (19.24 meters) that was the best in Division III this season and exceeded Gauthier's previous personal best by 24 1/4 inches.

It was the first individual national title won by a Bates athlete since May 2006, when Keelin Godsey '06 won the women's hammer throw title (and set the Division III record) and Will Boe-Wiegaard '06 claimed the men's tennis singles crown.

With Gauthier's 10 team points, Bates finished in a four-way tie with Salem State, UMass-Dartmouth and Fisk University for 18th place out of 66 scoring teams at the meet.

Kelsey Lamdin '09
Bates junior Kelsey Lamdin(Brunswick, Maine) went from four-time All-American to six-time All-American last weekend at the 2008 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and set another Bates record in the process.Lamdin started out on Thursday in the 1-meter. She qualified for the finals with a semifinal round score of 153.40 points, 10th best in the field of 22 divers. Lamdin then scored 396.00 points in the finals to place 11th, just .10 points behind Middlebury rival Alanna Hanson for 10th place.

On Saturday, Lamdin tackled the 3-meter and did even better, scoring 416.15 points in preliminaries and 452.25 points in the finals, breaking her own Bates 11-dive record of 444.90.

Lamdin and sophomore swimmer Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) combined to score 21 team points, putting Bates in 37th place out of 52 scoring teams at nationals.