Bobcats of the week of March 3, 2008

Chris Berry '09
Bates junior Chris Berryposted the best weekend performance of his bright career so far last weekend at the 2008 NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.Berry (Augusta, Maine) posted three top-10 finishes at NESCACs and set three Bates College men's records in the backstroke events -- two of which he already owned.

Berry broke his own school record in both the 50-yard and 100-yard backstroke on Friday. He posted a preliminary round time of 24.66 seconds in the 50, breaking his previous Bates standard of 25.32 from 2006. With the fourth-best time in prelims, Berry also finished fourth in the championship final in 24.71 seconds.

Berry also broke his own school mark in the 100 in the prelims of the 400 medley relay on Friday, starting Bates off with a backstroke leg of 53.31 seconds, bettering his former mark of 54.00. Bates' quartet of Berry, Bill Walsh,Peem Chatikavanij and Nate Cooper placed ninth in the relay finals with a time of 3:44.23 as Berry swam a backstroke leg of 53.77 seconds. The following day he finished sixth in the finals of the 100 back, finishing at 53.48 seconds in preliminaries and 53.35 seconds in the finals.

Finally on Sunday, Berry finished 10th in the 200-yard backstroke, meanwhile setting his third Bates record of the meet with a time of 1:57.53 in prelims. Berry's performance beat the previous mark of 1:58.35 set by Andrew O'Donnell in 2002.

Izzy Alexander '09
Bates junior Izzy Alexander(Harvard, Mass.) finished fifth in the 800-meter run and broke the Bates indoor record in the process Saturday at the all-divisions Open New England Indoor Championships at Boston University.After qualifying for the finals on Friday, Alexander finished Saturday's race in 2:14.69, just .10 seconds behind Williams Ariel Williams and .88 seconds ahead of the University of Connecticut's Keelan King. Alexander's time broke the former Bates indoor 800 record of 2:15.22 set by Ashley Wentworth in 2006 and enhanced her position as a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championships.

Then the 4x400 relay quartet of Alexander,Dana Lindauer, Molly Radis and Jen Marinoqualified provisionally for the NCAAs, finishing in 3:57.19 for 13th place out of 21 teams and breaking the former program record of 4:00.19 set in 2006 by Alexander and three former teammates: Kathleen Nugent, Danielle Touhey, and Wentworth.

A team captain, Alexander now owns a whopping nine indoor and outdoor track and field records at Bates. She has the indoor records in the 500-, 600- and 800 meter runs, and was part of the indoor records in the 4x400, 4x800 and distance medley relays. In outdoor track she owns the Bates records in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and as part of the 4x400 relay.