Bobcats of the week of Jan. 19, 2009

Chris Berry '09
Co-captain Chris Berry(Augusta, Maine) had a big hand in an impressive first home meet for the Bates swimming and diving teams against Bowdoin on Saturday.The Bates men finished the meet with another pool record performance in the 400 freestyle relay, as Berry and first-yearsNed Scott (Maplewood, N.J.), Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) andNathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) touched the wall in 3:17.00. The previous mark of 3:17.86 had been established in 1993 by Wesleyan.

Berry and teammates also would have claimed the pool record in the 400 medley relay as well, although the Polar Bears touched the wall first to claim the mark for themselves with a 3:39.57 performance. Swimming in 3:40.05 for Bates were Berry, first-year Alex McKeown(South Windsor, Conn.), Scott and first-yearDan Aupi (Branford, Conn.). The previous mark of 3:39.57 was established by Bates alumni Eric Bowden, Adam Eggert, Nate Curll and Todd Bretl.

Berry also claimed first place in the 100-yard backstroke race, registering a time of 55.65 seconds.

Bates will next compete this Saturday in a dual meet at Colby.

Mimi Neal '12
Since dropping her first two collegiate squash matches to highly ranked Cornell and Stanford, Bates first-year Mimi Neal(Danvers, Mass.) has won seven straight matches at the No. 6 position, including four last week during the Bobcat women's squash team's 3-1 week.Neal, who also had a standout season on the Bates golf team in the fall, swept her opponents from Vassar, Wesleyan, Mount Holyoke and Franklin & Marshall last week, all by 3-0 scores. Dropping only three total points against Wesleyan and one against Mount Holyoke, her aggregate match score for the week was 108-3. She continued her run this week with a 3-0 win against Colby in which she again didn't allow a single point.

Neal and the No. 12 Bates women's squash team (4-5) play at No. 5 Yale on Saturday, then take on No. 25 Connecticut College on Sunday at Yale.