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Bobcats of the week of Dec. 13, 2010

Dan Aupi '12
A terrific early-season showing by both Bates men's and women's swim teams on Dec. 11 against Division I Maine included an outstanding four-victory performance by men's team junior Dan Aupi(Branford, Conn.).The Bates men started the meet off with a win in the 400 medley relay, as junior Nathaniel Depew(Hudson, Ohio), Aupi, first-year Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea) and first-year Sammy Schadt(Coopersburg, Pa.) swam to a 3:39.40 finish.Aupi went on to win the 100 back in 54.80, 0.58 seconds ahead of Maine's Jimmy Forest, followed by a thrilling victory in the 50 free, when he touched the wall in 22.81 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Maine's Daniel Macdonald. Bates senior captain Pat Carroll(North Andover, Mass.) was a close third at 22.93, narrowly ahead of fourth-place Danny Duvall of Maine (22.98).

After posting his first three wins of the day in the first half of the meet, an exhausting feat, Aupi won yet again in the 200 back, timing in at 2:01.04, for his fourth event win of the day.

Bates head coach Peter Casares was enthused about Bates' last meet before its training trip in Florida, Dec. 28 through Jan. 5. "We swam great," Casares said. "We came up on the wrong side of the win/loss column, but nearly everyone stepped up and we won a lot of events against a great program. The improvement over our last weekend of competition was extraordinary."

Bates showed such improvement in the meet that the women's team ranked third and the men's team sixth among Division III teams in the Avida Sports Performance Rankings, a new weekly performance index that accounts for each team's performances and improvement rates in a given week.

Kara Leasure '12
In Bates swimming and diving teams' second dual meet against Division I Maine in as many years on Dec. 11, amid a slew of impressive performances that showed extraordinary improvement in the early season, women's team junior Kara Leasure(Los Alamos, N.M.) stood out.Leasure registered the women's team's first event win of the meet, outswimming the Black Bears' Kara Dubiel by more than four seconds, in 10:55.12. Leasure later won the 200 breast (2:28.77) and the 200 individual medley (2:17.03). Her 200 breast time currently stands as the second best this season among NESCAC teams.Bates head coach Peter Casares was enthused about Bates' last meet before its training trip in Florida, Dec. 28 through Jan. 5. "We swam great," Casares said. "We came up on the wrong side of the win/loss column, but nearly everyone stepped up and we won a lot of events against a great program. The improvement over our last weekend of competition was extraordinary."

Bates showed such improvement in the meet that the women's team ranked third in Division III teams in the Avida Sports Performance Rankings, a new weekly performance index that accounts for each team's performances and improvement rates in a given week, while the men's team ranked sixth.