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Bobcats of the week of Jan. 26, 2009

Bobby Burns '12
When Bates first-yearBobby Burns(Greenwich, Conn.) defeated his Connecticut College opponent with allowing a point on Sunday, he brought to 10 matches his own personal winning streak. That remarkable streak included wins over his counterparts in last weekend's team losses to top-ranked Trinity (8-1) and No. 3 Yale (7-2).During Burns' streak he has provided the Bobcats with points in 8-1 losses to Trinity and Williams as well as in the 7-2 loss to Yale and a 5-4 loss to Franklin & Marshall.

Burns and the No. 12-ranked Bobcats earned the No. 3 seed in this weekend's NESCAC Championship at Trinity, and will face the winner between Middlebury and Wesleyan in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

Kara Leasure '12
Bates first-year swimmerKara Leasure(Los Alamos, N.M.) notched three personal-best times in three quite different events, and won all three of those events at last Saturday's dual meet at Colby.Leasure swam the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:50.54, the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.68 and the 500 free in 5:17.61.

"All were done with more heart than ever expected," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "She not only showed the conference that she is one of the best, but she taught both the coaching staff and team what true determination looks like."

Leasure and the Bobcats host their second home meet of the season this Saturday at 1 p.m., with Wheaton College and NESCAC rival Tufts University visiting Tarbell Pool.