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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 2, 2009

Sylvan Ellefson '09
Bates senior All-AmericanSylvan Ellefson(Vail, Colo.) took first place in the men's 10K Free Technique race on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire Winter Carnival, the third career carnival race victory for Ellefson and the first this season. He is the only Bates skier ever to win an EISA carnival race. Ellefson timed in at 25:03.3 to lead the Bates men to third place out of 11 teams in the event.A day earlier, Ellefson finished sixth out of 82 competitors in the men's classic sprints at UNH, timing in at 3:19.57, with senior teammate Sam Evans-Brown not far behind in eighth (3:29.47), his third top-10 performance in as many races this season.

In four races thus far in the carnival season, Ellefson has racked up finishes of 13th, 7th, 6th and first. The senior team captain is well on pace to make his fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Skiing Championships, which Bates will host this year on March 11-14.

Katelyn Drake '10
Bates College juniorKatelyn Drakeset the pool record in the 200-yard backstroke during the Bobcat swimming and diving team's tri-meet against Tufts and Wheaton last Saturday, with a time of 2:09.55, smashing the former mark of 2:11.15 set by Wesleyan in 1993.Drake (Hudson, Ohio), a team captain and one-time All-American, also won the 200-yard individual medley in a lifetime-best time of 2:15.34.

It was the second pool record Drake has had a hand in breaking in two weeks. Two weeks ago against Bowdoin, Bates set the pool record in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:06.27. In on the performance were Drake, first-year Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), first-year Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) and sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.). The previous mark of 4:07.57 was established in 2002 by Bates alumnae Megan Simmons, Megan Ferrari, Vanessa Williamson and Nicole Sparks.