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Swim teams host University of Maine, post several winners









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Division I University of Maine men's and women's swimming and diving teams visited Tarbell Pool on Saturday at Bates College for the teams' second dual meet in as many years.

The Bates men, who outscored Maine in last year's meeting in Orono, lost 176-118 to the Black Bears in team scoring on Saturday, while the Maine women also defeated Bates, 188.5-105.5.

The Bates men started the meet off with a win in the 400 medley relay, as junior Nathaniel Depew (Hudson, Ohio), junior Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.), first-year Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea) and first-year Sammy Schadt (Coopersburg, Pa.) swam to a 3:39.40 finish.

Aupi went on to win the 100 back in 54.80, 0.58 seconds ahead of Maine's Jimmy Forest, followed by a thrilling victory in the 50 free, when he touched the wall in 22.81 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Maine's Daniel Macdonald. Bates senior captain Pat Carroll (North Andover, Mass.) was a close third at 22.93, narrowly ahead of fourth-place Danny Duvall of Maine (22.98). Aupi won yet again in the 200 back, timing in at 2:01.04, for his fourth event win of the day.

Chang also pulled off a victory in the 200 butterfly, beating Maine's Jeremy Bender by more than three seconds, in 1:59.18, followed by another win in the 100 fly, in 52.52.

Junior Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) edged Chang for first place in the 100 free, in 49.35. He was also second in both the 200 free (1:47.23) and the 200 individual medley (2:05.20).

Bates junior Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) registered the women's team's first event win of the meet, outswimming Maine's Kara Dubiel by more than four seconds, in 10:55.12. Leasure later won the 200 breast (2:28.77) and the 200 individual medley (2:17.03) to match Aupi with three individual race wins.

Senior captain Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) won the 50-yard freestyle, timing in at 25.31 seconds, 0.30 ahead of Maine's Emily Puleio. Green also won the 100 free in 54.65.

Sophomore Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.) took first place in the 100 breaststroke, at 1:09.71.

Sophomore Tara Dugan (Wilton, Conn.) also had a strong day, placing second in the 200 fly (2:18.11), second in the 500 free (5:23.89) and third in the 100 fly (1:02.74).

Bates head coach Peter Casares was enthused about Bates' last meet before its training trip in Florida, Dec. 28 through Jan. 5. "We swam great today," Casares said. "We came up on the wrong side of the win/loss column, but nearly everyone stepped up and we won a lot of events against a great program. The improvement over our last weekend of competition was extraordinary."