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Men's swimming and diving places eighth at NESCACs













WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates College men's swimming and diving team wrapped up the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Sunday in eighth place out of 11 teams, the Bobcats' highest finish at the meet since 2003.

Bates scored 605.5 points to outperform conference rivals Bowdoin (576.5), Colby (532.5) and Trinity (449).

Sunday's action featured a fifth-place performance in the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke by sophomore Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.). Aupi broke the Bates record in the event in the preliminary heats with a time of 1:54.14, then swam the final in 1:54.30, a national "B" cut time. Aupi broke the team record of 1:54.46 set by sophomore teammate Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) a year ago. Depew and sophomore Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the consolation final of the 200 back on Sunday.

Saturday Recap

Sophomore Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.) finished sixth in the championship final of the 100-yard butterfly, with a national "B" cut time of 51.19 seconds, beating his own Bates record of 51.68 set last year at NESCACs.

Dan Aupi finished seventh in the championship final of the 100-yard backstroke, with a national B cut time of 52.64 seconds.

Sophomore Ryan Pitcairn (Newbury, Mass.) placed 12th in the 1,000 freestyle, with a time of 10:04.25.

The Bobcats also placed seventh in the 200 medley relay final with a time of 1:36.61 recorded by Aupi, sophomore Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.), Scott and Nathaniel Depew.

The Bobcats were eighth in the 800 free relay, the final event of the night, in a new team record time of 7:08.03. Swimming that relay were Tom Boniface, sophomore Kick Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.), senior Jake MacNaughton (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Depew. They bested the mark set last year by Depew, MacNaughton, sophomore Matt Lipoff (Glencoe, Ill.) and Mark Andrews '09.

Friday Recap

Ned Scott made the championship final of the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 23.51 seconds, then swam the final in 23.06 seconds, good for fourth place. Junior Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.) finished 16th with a consolation final time of 24.16 seconds.

Dan Aupi qualified for the championship final of the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 24.43 seconds, and followed that with a 24.47 time in the final to place seventh overall. First-year Matt Johns (Seaford, N.Y.) was 14th with a 25.60 time in the consolation final.

First-year diver Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) made the finals in 1-meter diving with 317.65 points, and finished eighth overall with a score of 292.55 in the final.

Tom Boniface made the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley and recorded a time of 1:58.96 to finish 12th.

Bates also placed fifth in the 200 free relay, with Aupi, Carroll, Depew and Scott registering a 1:24.55 time, breaking the team record of 1:25.46 set last year by Chris Berry '09, Carroll, Aupi and Scott.

The Bobcats finished out the first day of the meet with a seventh-place showing in the 400 medley relay, with Aupi, McKeown, Scott and Boniface racing to a 3:31.13 time.