Bates men's swimming and diving team co-captain Travis Jones '13 picked a great time to conjure up a breakthrough performance.
The Bates men’s swimming and diving team defeated NESCAC rival Middlebury in a dual meet for the first time in at least 20 years on Sunday, scoring a 152-142 head-to-head win marked in part by Jones’ record-setting diving.
Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) made his first-ever national cut by scoring 312.00 points on six dives in the 3-meter diving competition, breaking the former pool record of 304.80 set by seven-time All-America Andrew Hastings ’02 in 2002. Jones won the 3-meter as well as the 1-meter diving, in which he scored 267.75 points.
First-year Matthew Gagne (Wilmette, Ill.) also had a tremendous day at Tarbell Pool. Gagne won the 200 fly in 1:59.18, as well as the 100 fy in 52.83 and the 200 individual medley in 2:00.79.
The day before, during Saturday's tri-meet against the University of New England and Norwich University, Jones set personal records in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, with 270.55 points and 277.90, respectively. His 3-meter PR, of course, was eclipsed the following day as he made the national cut.