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Bates swimmers shred more records in tri-meet









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College swimming and diving teams made five Tarbell Pool records and three school records fall on Saturday in the final home meet of the season, as the Bobcats hosted Connecticut College and Wellesley College. In team scores, the Bates women defeated Wellesley 158.5-126.5 and were topped by Connecticut College 168-112. The Connecticut College men came out ahead of Bates 172-88.

Bates sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) broke the Bates and pool records in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. Green swam the 100 in 51.58 seconds and the 50 free leadoff leg of the 200 free relay in 24.26 seconds, resetting the team records of 53.09 and 24.55 that she already owned. Green's time in the 50 free met the automatic qualification standard for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held at the University of Minnesota March 18-21. The former pool record of 24.41 in the 50 was set at a high school meet in 1996, and the former 100 free mark of 52.21 was set by a Connecticut College swimmer in 2004.

Green also teamed up with junior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio), first-year Abigail Hanson (Sudbury, Mass.) and first-year Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) to break the pool record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:04.24. The time bests the former mark of 4:06.27 set last month by Bates' Drake, first-year Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), Tato and Green. Drake's leadoff backstroke time of 57.68 seconds also represented a new school and pool record, and is also a consideration time for nationals - only .2 off the automatic time. "It is very likely she punched her ticket [to NCAAs], too," said head coach Peter Casares. The former pool record of 1:00.41 for the 100 back was set by a Wesleyan swimmer in 1993. Drake already owned the former school mark in the event of 2:07.05, set in 2008.

Finally, the 200 free relay team of Green, junior Sarah Reingold (Oakland, Calif.), Tato and Drake broke the Tarbell Pool record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.03. The former record of 1:40.08 was set in 2008 by Middlebury.

"Those were all great results, but more importantly, I saw at least one swimmer in every event go a season best," said Casares. "Both the men and women can be proud they finished off the season strong with a solid showing before the NESCAC Championships. I had a lot of fun at the pool today watching the program both improve and gain confidence for the NESCAC Championships."

In the 1-meter diving event, senior Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) finished second with 281.01 points, a consideration mark for NCAAs, while junior Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) missed the NCAA consideration standard by a fraction of a point, with 244.42 points.

Drake was also the winner in the 200 free (1:56.51) and 100 back (58.39).

On the men's side, first-year Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) scored a win in the 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:04.33.

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