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Drake picks up career swimming honor from NESCAC

Four years after walking on to the women's swimming and diving team at Bates, Katelyn Drake '10 won one of the highest honors in the most competitive conference in Division III.

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College senior Katelyn Drake claimed a pair of honors on Tuesday as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its Women's Swimming and Diving All-Conference Team.

Drake (Hudson, Ohio) was named the conference's Four-Year High Point Swimmer, after capping her fourth NESCAC Championship with one second- and two fourth-place individual finishes. The award goes to the senior who scored the most points over four years of NESCAC Championship competition.

"It's quite unbelievable when you think not only about the depth of our conference, but also that Katelyn was recruited to Bates for lacrosse and walked onto the team her freshman year after a member of the team noticed her during an open swim shift at the pool," said head coach Peter Casares. "Four years later, she wraps up her swimming career as the most accomplished athlete on deck, in the best swimming conference in the country."

Drake also picked up her fourth career All-NESCAC honors (rewarded to the top three finishers in each event final) for placing second in the 50-yard backstroke in a time of 27.56 seconds. In that race, she broke the previous Bates record for the 50-yard backstroke that she herself set on Feb. 22, 2008, with a time of 27.68 seconds. Drake was also fourth in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

View the NESCAC Women's Swimming All-Conference Team release