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Divers Lamdin, Perry qualify for nationals again vs. Middlebury

Dan Perry '08

Kelsey Lamdin '09

LEWISTON, Maine -- Two Bates College divers qualified for the NCAA Championships as the host Bobcats dropped a pair of dual meets against NESCAC rival Middlebury College on Sunday at Tarbell Pool.

Middlebury won by a team score of 229-70 on the women's side and 216-72 on the men's side.

Bates junior Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) qualified for nationals in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events for the second straight day (following Bates' tri-meet against Norwich and the University of New England on Saturday). Lamdin scored 261.06 points at 1 meter, good for first place at the meet, and 256.95 points at 3 meters, second behind Middlebury's Alanna Hanson.

Bates senior Dan Perry (Exeter, N.H.) won the 1-meter diving with 277.42 points, a day after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. Perry also took first at 3 meters, with 246.30 points.

Bates' lone swim event victory on the day came in the men's 50-yard freestyle race, as first-year Peem Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) touched the wall first in a time of 22.70 seconds, .27 ahead of Middlebury's Attavit Prachakseranne.

The Middlebury women's team set three Tarbell Pool records at the meet: Katie Soja's time of 10:36.41 bested the 14-year-old mark of 10:40.63 set by a Wesleyan swimmer; the Middlebury women's 200-yard medley relay team finished in 1:51.86, shaving 1.44 seconds off of the four-year-old mark formerly owned by Colby; and the 200-yard freestyle relay team shaved .05 seconds off the pool record last set by Middlebury in 2004.

Link to complete meet results

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