LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College swimming and diving team enjoyed its first home meet of the year on Saturday, as both the men's and women's teams lost in scores to visiting Bowdoin (the women were edged 147-141 and the men's score was 179-105) but recorded slews of outstanding performances in the process.
"Honestly, it was the best I've ever felt after leaving 0-2 for the afternoon," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "Every type of athlete swam fast or dived well today."
The Bates women's team opened the meet in rousing fashion, setting the pool record in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:06.27. In on the performance were junior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio), first-year Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), first-year Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) and sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.). The previous mark of 4:07.57 was established in 2002 by Bates alumnae Megan Simmons, Megan Ferrari, Vanessa Williamson and Nicole Sparks.
The Bates men finished the meet with another pool record performance in the 400 freestyle relay, as senior Chris Berry (Augusta, Maine) and first-years Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.), Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) and Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) touched the wall in 3:17.00. The previous mark of 3:17.86 had been established in 1993 by Wesleyan.
The Bates men also would have claimed the pool record in the 400 medley relay as well, although the Polar Bears touched the wall first to claim the mark for themselves with a 3:39.57 performance. Swimming in 3:40.05 for Bates were Berry, first-year Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.), Scott and first-year Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.). The previous mark of 3:39.57 was established by Bates alumni Eric Bowden, Adam Eggert, Nate Curll and Todd Bretl.
Other event winners for the Bates men included first-year Ryan Pitcairn (Newbury, Mass.) in the 1,000 free (10:38.07), Berry in the 100 back (55.65), and Aupi in the 200 back (2:05.01).
Other event winners for the Bates women were Leasure in the 1,000 free (11:10.43) and 400 individual medley (4:46.27), Drake in the 100 back (1:00.61) and 200 back (2:13.62), and junior Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) in 1-meter diving (224.40) and 3-meter diving (208.55).
Bates next competes at Colby in a dual meet on Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.