Berry breaks third Bates swim record on final day of NESCACs
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates senior diver Dan Perry (Exeter, N.H.) placed fifth in the 3-meter diving event on Sunday, the final day of the 2008 NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Perry scored 388.65 points in the finals after qualifying for the finals with a score of 386.00 in prelims earlier in the day.
Also on Sunday, junior Chris Berry (Augusta, Maine) missed the cut for the championship final in the 200-yard backstroke, despite setting his third Bates record of the meet with a time of 1:57.53 in prelims. Berry's performance beat the previous mark of 1:58.35 set by Andrew O'Donnell in 2002.
Berry then rebroke the record in the finals, touching the wall in 1:57.10 to finish 10th in the event, his third top-10 finish at the meet.
Bates finished 11th in the meet with 341 points, surpassing their 2007 point total of 338.
Chris Berry finished sixth in the finals of the 100-yard backstroke Saturday in his second event finals appearance in as many days.
Berry swam 53.48 seconds in preliminaries and 53.35 seconds in the finals, nearing the personal and Bates record of 53.31 he set on Friday as part of the 400 medley relay.
In the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle, five Bobcats posted lifetime bests: 1:52.14 for junior Nate Cooper (Chestertown, Md.), 1:53.62 for senior Pat Flaherty (West Hartford, Conn.), 1:55.44 for first-year Peem Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand), 2:00.17 for Blaise Thompson (Iowa City, Iowa) and 2:10.33 for first-year Byron Cooper (Chestertown, Md.).
Chris Berry broke his own school record in both the 50-yard and 100-yard backstroke on Friday.
Berry posted a preliminary round time of 24.66 seconds in the 50, breaking his previous Bates standard of 25.32 from 2006. With the fourth-best time in prelims, Berry also finished fourth in the championship final in 24.71 seconds.
Berry also broke his own school mark in the 100 in the prelims of the 400 medley relay, starting Bates off with a backstroke leg of 53.31 seconds, bettering his former mark of 54.00. Bates' quartet of Berry, junior Bill Walsh (Huntington, N.Y.), Peem Chatikavanij and Nate Cooper placed ninth in the relay finals with a time of 3:44.23 as Berry swam a backstroke leg of 53.77 seconds.
Dan Perry finished ninth in the 1-meter diving with 342.05 points, after missing the cut for the finals by 8.90 points. Perry has already qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Oxford, Ohio.