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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 22, 2010

Kush Mahan '10
Kush Mahan'sexcellent career and senior season of Bates squash entered a fitting home stretch last weekend at the College Squash Association Men's Team Nationals, held at Yale University.Mahan (Kalamazoo, Mich.) went 3-0 on the weekend with a trio of 3-1 victories against the top player from each of Bates' opponents in the Hoehn (B Division) Cup draw: Brad Thompson of Brown, Ethan Buchsbaum of Williams and Gabriel De Melo of Franklin & Marshall.

Mahan is expected be ranked among the top 25 players in the country when the CSA releases its next individual player rankings. Currently sporting a 63-27 career record, he will wrap up his collegiate career by competing in the "A" Flight (top 32 players) of the CSA Individual Nationals, to be held March 4-7 at Trinity.

Katelyn Drake '10
Bates senior Katelyn Drakeled the Bobcat women's swimming and diving team to seventh place at last weekend's NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, the team's highest finish at NESCACs since 2003.On Tuesday, Drake picked up two conference honors as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its Women's Swimming and Diving All-Conference Team.

The two-time All-American was named the conference's Four-Year High Point Swimmer, after capping her fourth NESCAC Championship with one second- and two fourth-place individual finishes. The award goes to the senior who scored the most points over four years of NESCAC Championship competition.

Drake also picked up her fourth career All-NESCAC honors (rewarded to the top three finishers in each event final) for placing second in the 50-yard backstroke in a time of 27.56 seconds. In that race, she broke the previous Bates record for the 50-yard backstroke that she herself set on Feb. 22, 2008, with a time of 27.68 seconds. Drake was also fourth in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.