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Big weekend ahead for Bates winter athletic teams

LEWISTON, Maine -- Several Bates athletic teams head into their biggest events and contests of the winter season this weekend at venues around New England, while on campus the men's track and field team will host the New England Division III Indoor Men's Championships in Merrill Gymnasium.

Bates' men's and women's basketball teams have both reached postseason play and will compete in NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday. The Bates men play at Williams at 2pm, and the Bates women are at Middlebury at 4pm.

Bates women's squash heads to Yale University this weekend for the College Squash Association Team Nationals. The Bobcats enter the tournament ranked 15th in the country, and will thus face No. 10 Williams in the quarterfinal round of competition for the Kurtz Cup, for teams seeded ninth through 16th nationally. Bates takes on Williams at 4pm on Friday, with semifinal round matches scheduled for 4pm on Saturday. A year ago at nationals, the Bobcats placed fourth in the Kurtz Cup, 12th overall. Live Results

For the Bates women's swimming and diving team, the season comes down to the three-day NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, taking place at Bowdoin from Friday through Sunday, with morning and evening sessions slated for each day (Video / Live Results), starting at 10am and 6pm. The Bobcats took fifth place at NESCACs a year ago. More details here.

The Bates men's track and field team will defend its NED3 indoor team championship from a year ago in the friendly setting of the Walter Slovenski Track in Merrill Gymnasium. The meet begins with the heptathlon on Friday at 1pm (to be completed Saturday at 9am), then begins in earnest on Saturday at 10:30am. Meet information

Down the road in Gorham, at the University of Southern Maine, women's track and field competes at the New England Division III Women's Indoor Championships, beginning with the pentathlon on Friday at 3pm, followed by the rest of the meet on Saturday starting at 11am. The Bobcats finished seventh at last year's NED3 meet.

Bates' alpine and Nordic ski teams head to Vermont for the penultimate event in the EISA carnival season, the Middlebury Carnival. Middlebury's skiing venues -- Rikert Touring Center in Ripton, Vt., for Nordic, and for alpine, the Middlebury Snow Bowl -- will serve as the site of the NCAA Championships on March 6-9. On Sunday, the alpine team returns to Dartmouth Skiway to compete in slalom races that were postponed at last weekend's Dartmouth Carnival.