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Women's swimming has best NESCAC finish in seven years







MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates College women's swimming and diving team finished seventh out of 11 teams at the NESCAC Championships, which concluded Sunday, the Bobcats' highest team finish since placing fifth in 2003.

The Bobcats entered Sunday in eighth place but raced past Bowdoin on the final day to take seventh place with 693 points to the eighth-place Polar Bears' 616.5.

Sunday's highlights for Bates spanned several events:

Senior Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke race, with a time of 2:07.66 that met the B cut for the NCAA Division III Championships.

Junior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) placed fifth in the 100 freestyle, with a time of 52.92 seconds that met the B cut for the NCAA Division III Championships.

Sophomore Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.), meanwhile, placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke finals, with a time of 2:29.50.

Leasure and first-year Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) finshed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 1,650-yard freestyle race. Leasure's time of 17:46.11 met the B cut for the NCAA Championships. Dugan recorded a time of 17:52.18.

Senior diver Annaliese Rudis (North Andover, Mass.) had the fifth-best score out of 17 divers in the 3-meter preliminaries, then scored 380.95 points in the final to place sixth.

The Bobcats wrapped up the meet with an eighth-place showing in the 400 free relay, with a time of 3:51.59.

Saturday Recap

Katelyn Drake swam in the 100-yard backstroke finals and claimed fourth-place in a time of 59.55 seconds. On the first day of competition, Drake broke the Bates record for the 50-yard backstroke when she placed second in the finals.

First-year Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) also made a splash on Saturday, breaking the team record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a seventh-place time of 10:41.74. Dugan's time eclipses the previous record of 10:44.99 set by Denby Johnson in 1998. Sophomores Abigail Hanson (Sudbury, Mass.) and Emily Tato (Chatham, N.J.) finished in 14th and 17th places, respectively, out of 38 swimmers. Hanson finished with a time of 10:54.19, while Tato finished with a time of 11:01.53.

Junior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) placed ninth in the 200-yard freestyle, missing out on the final but placing first in the consolation final, with a time of 1:54.90. Green's time was better than two of the eight swimmer's times in the finals, and it is a national provisional qualifying time. Green placed fourth in Friday's 50-yard freestyle final.

Friday Recap

Drake placed second in the finals of the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 27.56 seconds. She was only .06 seconds behind first-place finisher Maddy Sprung-Ke of Amherst. In the race, Drake also 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.

Green competed in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle, earning a fourth-place finish with a time of 24.39 seconds. Green set the Bates record in this event at last year's Championships, with a time of 24.10.

In the first NESCAC Championships of her career, first-year Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) was impressive as she qualified for the finals in the 50-yard breaststroke. Sparks placed sixth in the event, with a time of 31.29 seconds.

In the two relay events of the day, two Bobcat teams placed 7th in both events. In the 200 free relay, Drake teamed up with fellow senior Sarah Reingold (Oakland, Calif.), Green and Sparks to earn seventh place out of 22 teams, with a time of 1:39.33. Drake swam the fastest leg of the race, in 24.44 seconds. In the 400 medley relay, Drake, Green and Sparks were joined by first-year Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.), this time placing seventh out of 22 teams, with a time of 4:02.88.

In diving action, Annaliese Rudis placed seventh in the 1-meter dive finals, with a score of 380.85.

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