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Bates swimmers wrap up intense weekend vs. Middlebury







LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's and women's swimming and diving teams showed poise and determination in Sunday's dual NESCAC meet against visiting Middlebury College at Tarbell Pool. Middlebury won the meet in the team scoring, 183-117 on the women's side and 205-82 on the men's side.

The meet comes on the heels of 20 training sessions in 13 days, plus yesterday's tri-meet against Norwich and the University of New England. At this point in the season, said head coach Peter Casares, "I would never have expected the team to swim fast, and to be honest, they didn't swim that fast this weekend. But they did swim tough, and we showed a great deal of heart. That, combined with how well the team has trained, is a good sign for us."

There were several standout performances that highlighted the meet for the Bobcats.

On the women's side, sophomore Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) prevailed over the Panthers' Audrey Tolbert in the 1,650-yard freestyle race, 18:16.07 to 18:16.44. First-year Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) was a close third in 18:16.63. "Kara continues to be one of the best dual meet competitors in the entire conference," said Casares. "In a tight race, with first place on the line, it becomes her sole mission to win - and not just for herself, but to win for Bates."

Senior two-time All-American Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) came in first in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 1:00.55. "Katelyn is swimming right where she needs to be to remain a national level athlete," said Casares.

Junior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) took first place in the 100 free, with a time of 55.28 seconds, beating out Katherine Loftus by 0.62 seconds. "A tremendously smart race," commented Casares. "Charlotte's come-from-behind victory was very reminiscent of one year prior. Coming off a semester abroad, I was pleased."

Sophomore Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) took first place in the 200 back (1:58.60), for the Bates men's team's lone event win. "Dan continues race aggressively and post winning times that are right near the top in the conference. Inspiring stuff after an up-and-down freshman year," said Casares.

Other event winners for the Bates women included sophomore Carole Lupi (Branford, Conn.) in the 200 back (2:20.50), and Leasure in the 200 breast (2:32.24). Senior Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) scored 242.77 points in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving, good for second place out of five divers in both events.

Bates' next meet arrives on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Bowdoin at 1 p.m.