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Men's swimming posts team win at Division I Maine









ORONO, Maine -- Making an unusual visit to the Division I University of Maine Orono, the Bates College men's swimming and diving team notched a 143-137 team victory over the host Black Bears in a dual meet on Saturday, while the Bates women also put up a respectable showing in a 164-120 team loss.

The Bates men started off the meet on the right foot, as a quartet of sophomores won the 200-yard medley relay over Maine in a time of 1:41.06 to 1:42.12. Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio), Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.), Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.) and Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio) got the job done for Bates.

Three-fourths of the same quartet finished the meet with a thrilling win in the 400 freestyle relay, as sophomore Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.), Depew, Boniface and Scott completed the event in 2:16.69, a slim 0.20 seconds ahead of Maine.

Boniface and Aupi finished 1-2 in the 100 back in 56.02 and 56.03 seconds, respectively. Aupi later took first place in the 50 free, with a time of 22.69 seconds, then picked up first place again in the 100 free (49.20).

Depew took first place in the 200 back in 2:02.05, while Scott also took first place in the 100 fly at 53.90 seconds.

First-year Travis Jones (Ithaca, N.Y.) went uncontested in the diving events to pick up some big points for the Bobcats. Jones scored 182.30 points in the 1-meter competition, and 130.75 points in the 3-meter.

The Bates women were winners in six events against the Black Bears:

Senior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) took first place in the 100 back in 1:01.53, then touched the wall first in the 200 back as well, in a time of 2:13.59.

Sophomore Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) won the 1,000 free in 11:03.70

First-year Leah Burke (Bedford, N.H.) coasted to first place in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:22.49.

The Bates women also picked up big points in the diving events. Sophomore Jessica Howard (Cumberland Foreside, Maine) and senior Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) went 1-2 at 1 meter, with 200.70 and 191.15 points, respectively. Howard missed the 3-meter competition, which Rudis won with 209.30 points.

The Bobcats swimming and diving teams have their annual training trip to Deerfield Beach, Fla., scheduled for Dec. 29 through Jan. 6. They'll return home to host a tri-meet with Norwich and the University of New England on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.