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Bates swimmers, divers hang tough at Bowdoin









BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College men's and women's swimming and diving teams were on the short end of the score but showed that they're getting closer to their rivals at Bowdoin in a dual meet Saturday at Bowdoin. The Bates women led before the final event and lost by a 152-142 score, while the Bates men fell 179-115.

"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the score, but honestly, moving on from today's loss was much easier due to all the great swims we had along the way," said head coach Peter Casares. "Bowdoin has never had to work so hard to beat Bates -- and watching them really celebrate loud was gratifying. They know we are coming, and coming fast."

The Bates women led Bowdoin by three points heading into the 400-yard freestyle relay, but, in the words of Casares, the team "simply ran out of fast 100 freestylers by that point." But many winning performances were posted nonetheless.

First-year Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.) won the 100 fly in 1:02.03 -- "her finish was unbelievable," said Casares. Sophomore Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) won the 1,000 freestyle race in 10:54.72 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:33.93. First-year Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) won the 200 fly in 2:18.83. Junior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 100 free in 54.91 seconds. And senior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) won the 100 back in 1:00.30 and the 200 back in 2:12.30

Senior diver Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) swept the diving events, scoring 214.05 points at 1 meter and 221.99 points at 3.

Bates also won the 200 medley relay in 1:52.98.

"Katelyn Drake still hasn't had a close race yet in the backstroke, and Charlotte Green's 100 free was fantastic," said Casares. "(Senior) Sarah Reingold was also on fire today, swimming really tough and dropping tons of time.

Among the Bates men's team's top performances were sophomore Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.), who won the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.16 seconds, and later came in second in the 200 back (2:03.34); sophomore Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.), who won the 200 fly in 2:06.03 and was second in the 100 fly (53.78); sophomore Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio), who was second by only .06 seconds in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.89, and was also second in the 100 free at 49.50 seconds; sophomore Ryan Pitcairn (Newbury, Mass.), who was second in the 1,000 free (10:21.70); and first-year Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.), who won the 1-meter diving (163.95) and the 3-meter as well (179.70).

"The men's score is a bit lopsided, but the races were extremely close and we had tons of great swims. Unfortunately, all the close ones seemed to go Bowdoin's way," said Casares.

Bates hosts Colby in its final home meet of the season next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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