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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 28, 2011

Bump Heldman '12
The Bates alpine ski team made a lot of good stuff happen when the Bobcats were able to compete on their home mountain, Sunday River, for the first time since Bates hosted the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in 2009. And Bates junior Bump Heldman(Auburn, Maine) was at the very forefront.Heldman had his best carnival weekend to date, leading the Bates alpine team with a pair of top-five performances at the Bates Carnival, which doubled as the NCAA East Region Championships. In Saturday's slalom competition, he tied for the best carnival performance of his career, finishing fifth out of 69 competitors in a combined time of 1:34.71. He followed that on Sunday with a career-best fourth-place finish out of 70 competitors in the giant slalom, where he had a two-run combined time of 2:27.67, including a second run of 1:13.39 that was the fourth best of any competitor on the day, for an overall finish of fourth among 70 competitors.

Heldman received official word on Tuesday that he had qualified for his second trip to the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships (he narrowly missed qualifying as a freshman in 2009), to be held at Stowe Mountain Resort March 9-12. He'll be joined by the maximum number of two male teammates, seniors John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.) and Ben Manter(Vassalboro, Maine), as well as fellow alpine skier Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) and women's Nordic skiers Kirsten Gill (Jackson, N.H.) and Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.). Another of Heldman's teammates on the men's squad, junior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.), also qualified for NCAAs.

Dana Lindauer '11
Bates senior Dana Lindauer(Needham, Mass.) had already met provisional qualification to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this season in the 400-meter dash. But in Friday's preliminary heats of the 400 at the all-divisions Open New Englands at Boston University, she moved up from a possible also-ran to virtually ensuring her place at NCAAs, which are to take place at Capital Univeristy in Columbus, Ohio, March 12-13.In Friday's preliminary heats she ran a career-best time of 57.01 seconds, the second-fastest indoor 400 in team history, behind only the team record of 56.7 seconds that Renata Cosby set in 1980. Lindauer qualified for Saturday's finals in the event and finished seventh in 57.48 seconds. Her prelim time vaulted her from 26th in the country entering the weekend to ninth in the country now.

Also on Saturday, Lindauer, a 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women's track & field team honoree, anchored the second-fastest indoor 4x400 relay race ever run by Bates, following the legs of sophomore Ansley Flanagan(Roxbury, Conn.), first-year Jenny Fucillo(Winthrop, Mass.) and sophomore Bud Arens(Weymouth, Mass.) for a final time of 4:00.07. The only faster 4x400 in team history was the 3:57.19 run in 2008 by Izzy Alexander '09, Lindauer, Molly Radis '10 and Jen Marino '09.

The Bates men's and women's indoor track and field teams compete this weekend at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships, to be held at the New York Armory in Manhattan.