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Men's swim team breaks 13 total records at NESCACs









MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Bates College men's swimming team broke three more program records on Sunday at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Wesleyan University. The men placed ninth out of 11 teams, with 505.5 points, ahead of Bowdoin (485) and Trinity (466.5). 

After being part of the record-breaking 800-yard freestyle relay yesterday, first-year Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) broke an individual program record in the 200-yard backstroke. Depew raced to an 11th-place finish in the event with a time of 1:54.82, however, his preliminary time of 1:54.46 is the new Bates program record in the event, breaking the previous record of 1:57.10 set by his teammate and captain Chris Berry (Augusta, Maine) in 2008.

Berry also raced in the 200-yard backstroke, placing 15th with a time of 1:56.30. His preliminary time of 1:55.58 is a personal best and also bettered his previous Bates record. Berry had a hand in breaking seven program records this weekend, finishing up with the Bates record in the 100 free relay in his leadoff leg of the 400 free relay. The relay team of Berry, Depew, Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) and Scott placed sixth out of 22 teams in the event, with a time of 3:08.15, breaking the previous Bates record of 3:13.37 set by Todd Bretl, David Bear, Craig Legault and Adam Bowden in 2003. Berry's leadoff leg of 47.52 seconds breaks Bretl's former Bates record of 47.72 seconds from 2004.

First-year Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.) and Matt Lipoff (Glencoe, Ill.) raced in the 100-yard freestyle placing 22nd and 24th respectively. Scott's time in the preliminary for the event, 47.76 seconds, puts him second in the Bates program record book for the event, behind Todd Bretl's time of 47.72 seconds in 2004. Lipoff's time of 48.14 seconds places him fourth on that same list. Scott was part of four record-breaking performances on the weekend while Lipoff was part of the record-breaking 800-yard freestyle relay team on Saturday.

Also, competing in the 400-yard freestyle relay was sophomore Peem Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand), seniors Bill Walsh (Huntington, N.Y.) and Nate Cooper (Chestertown, Md.) and Lipoff. The foursome placed 17th in the event out of 22 teams, with a time of 3:14.96, good enough for seventh in the Bates program record book for the event.

In the longest event of the weekend, the 1650-yard freestyle, two Bobcats put themselves in the top 10 of the Bates program record for the event. First-year Ryan Pitcairn (Newbury, Mass.) placed 17th out of 25 competitors with a time of 17:30.74, good enough for fifth place in program record book. Less than a second behind Pitcairn was teammate and classmate Kick Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.) who placed 18th in a time of 17:31.65, good enough for sixth place in the record book.

The Bates men's swimming and diving team finished the season 4-7-1 in head-to-head meets and placed third in the Camel Invitational at Connecticut College. The team succeeded in breaking numerous program records and many swimmers recorded new personal bests in the 2008-09 season.

Weekend Recap

On Saturday evening, the Bobcats set a new school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as first-year Nathaniel Depew, junior Jake MacNaughton (Scarsdale, N.Y.), first-year Matt Lipoff and senior Mark Andrews (Cumberland, Maine) finished ninth in 7:09.05, breaking the former school record of 7:11.04 set by Mike Jensen, Nick Kuppens, David Bear and Adam Bowden in 2001. Depew's leadoff leg of 1:44.46 beat David Fox's 1993 Bates record of 1:44.58 in the 200 freestyle.

The Bobcats also broke the school record in the 200 medley relay on Saturday, as senior Chris Berry, first-year Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.), first-year Ned Scott and first-year Dan Aupi  finished seventh in a time of 1:35.64, beating the former mark of 1:38.03 set by Nate Curll, Adam Eggert, Fisher Qua and Chris Guerette in 2005.

Berry broke his own record in the 100 back for the second time in two days, finishing 10th in the event with a time of 52.29 seconds, an NCAA B-cut qualifying time.

Scott broke Curll's 2005 record of 52.17 seconds in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.68 seconds, which tied him for 10th place at the meet.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay on Friday evening, the Bates team of Chris Berry, sophomore Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.) and Dan Aupi and Ned Scott, secured an impressive seventh-place finish out of 20 teams in a time of 1:25.46, half a second better than the previous Bates record of 1:25.96 set by Miles Cobb, Steve Simmons, Paul Urbanczyk and David Blaney on the same date in 1998.

In the second relay event on Friday evening, the 400-yard medley, Berry, Scott, Aupi and Alex McKeown secured the second seventh-place finish out of 21 teams in a time of 3:29.68, smashing the previous Bates record in the event of 3:37.26 set by Andrew O'Donnell, Sao Ohn Hseng, Adam Bowden and Steve Imig in 2002. Berry broke his own record in the 100 backstroke in the leadoff leg of the relay, at 52.98 seconds. The previous mark was 53.30 seconds.

Scott also raced to a sixth-place finish in the finals of the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 23.14 seconds, taking 0.15 seconds off of the previous Bates record set by Adam Bowden in 2003.

In other swimming action, Berry just missed the cut for the championship final in the 50-yard backstroke, but swam a blazing 24.14 seconds in the consolation final, bettering his own Bates record of a year ago in the event by 0.52 seconds. He was .03 seconds out of racing in the finals. In the same event, Nathaniel Depew placed 12th with a time of 25.18 seconds.

Aupi placed 11th in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:57.09, snipping 0.56 seconds off of the Bates record set by Damon Bowe in 1997.

McKeown placed 14th in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 27.65 seconds.