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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 23, 2009

Marc Taggart '09
The Bates men's squash team capped an excellent season by going 2-1 at the College Squash Association Team Nationals last weekend at Princeton University, finishing 11th in the country with wins over Navy and Franklin & Marshall and a narrow 5-4 loss to Western Ontario, the top seed in the Hoehn Cup "B" Division in which the Bobcats were entered.The key to the Bobcats' success was their depth, exhibited best when they won at positions 5 through 9 in defeating F&M for 11th place, meanwhile avenging a 5-4 loss to the same opponent earlier in the season.

No Bobcat was more effective at his position than senior Marc Taggart (Skippack, Pa.), who went 3-0 on the weekend at the No. 8 position by defeating Navy's Tommy McNamara in three games, Western Ontario's Rafik Bhaloo in three games and, in the final match of his career, outlasting F&M's Ben Lurio in five games.

For the season, Taggart compiled a 16-5 singles record, giving him a career mark of 50-30 over his four years as a Bobcat.

Kelsey Lamdin '09
Entering last weekend's NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Bates senior Kelsey Lamdin(Brunswick, Maine) already had six All-America honors, five All-NESCAC awards and three Bates diving records to her credit. What she didn't have yet was a conference title, and she rectified that in a big way.Competing in her hometown at Bowdoin's Greason Pool, she started out by setting a pool record in the 1-meter competition on Friday with with a score of 466.90, meanwhile placing first, establishing a new Bates record and qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships.

Not content with one NESCAC title, Lamdin grabbed another on Sunday in the 3-meter, scoring 452.55 points, well ahead of the competition and adding .30 points to her own previous Bates record in the event, set at NCAAs last year. By sweeping the diving competition, she was an easy choice as Diver of the Meet.

Lamdin will make her fourth trip to the NCAA Championships in as many years March 18-21 at the University of Minnesota.