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Bobcats of the week of May 31, 2010

Rich McNeil '10
Bates College senior Rich McNeil(Lawrence, Mass.) won the third All-America award of his career last Thursday, and possibly became the finest all-around thrower in team history in the process, when he finished fifth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College, McNeil competed in the discus throw at NCAAs on Saturday to finish both his collegiate career and the season for his team.Seeded 10th heading into the event, McNeil finished fifth overall and set a new team record in the hammer, with a top distance of 59.00 meters, or 193 feet and 7 inches. Lucas Adams '00 owned the former record of 192-5.5, set in 1999.

McNeil now ranks No. 1 on Bates' all-time performance list in the hammer and No. 2 on the team list in both the discus throw and outdoor shot put. Bates' all-time performance list in the hammer throw includes 11 other former All-Americans in the event, including four NCAA champions in Anton Kishon (1935),Wayne Pangburn (1965 and 1966), Mark Miller (1981) and Jaime Sawler (2002).

In his preliminary flight, McNeil fouled on his first two attempts, putting all the pressure on his third throw to advance to the finals. His third throw of 56.31 meters put him at eighth, moving him into the nine-man finals. McNeil launched the record-setting throw on his first attempt in the finals, followed by an almost equally impressive effort of 58.61 meters. He stood in third place overall after his final attempt before settling for fifth place in a particularly deep field in the event this year.

It was the first team outdoor record to be broken in a non-relay event since Joe Northrup '05 scored 6,721 points in the decathlon at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

All three of McNeil's All-America honors came in the hammer throw: he placed fifth at NCAA's in 2008, and eighth in 2009.

Women's Rowing '10
The Bates College women's rowing team repeated its ground-breaking feat of a year ago last Saturday, taking second place behind five-time repeat champion Williams at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships. The Bobcats matched last year's women's rowing team for the highest team finish by any Bates squad at an NCAA championship.For the second straight year, Bates received a silver-medal performance by the first varsity eight boat, while the 2V8 boat also finished higher than any other second varsity eight in the field but Williams, as the Bobcat women's rowing team finished second at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships. The team matched last year's squad for the highest finish by any Bates team at an NCAA championship.

Bates 2 competed in the Petite Final, 15 minutes before the Grand Final at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, and finished in fourth place out of six boats in a time of 7:06.02, just 2.48 seconds behind Washington College 1 for third place and ahead of the 2V8's from Ithaca (7:10.06) and Trinity (7:13.41).

In the Grand Final, Bates 1 stood in second place at every 500-meter interval of the 2,000-meter course at Lake Natoma. Bates couldn't make up enough ground on Williams' 1V8 in a final sprint, but like Friday's elimination heat, the boat was able to maintain a slight lead over Williams' 2V8 and held that boat off to keep the Ephs from sweeping the top two spots in the race. Williams 1 won in 6:43.81, followed by Bates at 6:48.66, Williams 2 at 6:49.02, Trinity 1 (6:52.94), Ithaca 1 (6:55.87) and Puget Sound 1 (7:04.43).

Bates is headed by captains Danica Doroski'10 (Wayne, Pa.), Alison Frye '10 (Duxbury, Mass.) and Ellen Patterson '11 (St. Louis Park, Minn.). Other team members expected to make the trip include sophomore Haley Sive(Glenville, N.Y.), junior and two-time Pocock All-American Rebecca Waldo (Dracut, Mass.), sophomore Elizabeth Sonshine (Short Hills, N.J.), sophomore Amy Jacks (Baltimore, Md.), junior Phoebe Reed (Brooklyn, N.Y.), seniorLindsay Thomson (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Allison DiSalvo (Lowell, Mass.), junior Davina Dukuly (Lowell, Mass.), first-yearAmanda Goss (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), sophomore Kelsey Dion (Truckee, Calif.), junior Emma White (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), junior Hannah Richardson (Concord, Mass.), first-year Catherine Tuttle (Pittsford, N.Y.). sophomore Caroline Webb (Tiburon, Calif.), junior Nora Collins (Kensington, Md.), first-year Elizabeth Bowling (Greenwood Village, Colo.), first-year Carrie Dillaway (Woodbridge, Conn.) and first-year Victoria Zapack(Charlotte, N.C.).