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Swim teams knock off rival Colby in dual meet















WATERVILLE, Maine -- It was another big day for the Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams, as both squads scored dual-meet wins at rival Colby, 173.5-103.5 for the men and 166.5-126.5 for the women.

It was the first dual-meet win against Colby for the Bates men since 2004, and the Bates women's first win over Colby since 2003. The result comes a week after the Bates women defeated Bowdoin for the first time since 2003 as well.

The Bates women started off the meet by winning and breaking the pool record in the 200-yard medley relay for the second week in a row. Bates' team record fell as well. First-year Emily Depew (Hudson, Ohio), sophomore Catherine Sparks (New Canaan, Conn.), sophomore Katy Zingale (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.) finished in 1:50.76, .08 seconds faster than Jennifer Rasmussen, Nicole Sparks, Vanessa Williamson and Kate Gatti swam the relay in 2004.

Green proceeded to have an outstanding meet, winning the 50 free in 25.12 seconds and the 100 free in 53.64. Her anchor leg of 54.13 seconds led Bates to a 3.94-second win in the meet finale, the 400 free relay, following legs swum by first-years Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.), Emilie Geissinger (Darien, Conn.) and Carly Hinkle (Arlington, Va.).

Other outstanding swims for the Bates women included:

  • Junior Kara Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) took first in the mile, at 18:07.06. She also won the 500 free but for a technicality.
  • First-year Amanda Moore (Shaker Heights, Ohio) tied for first in the 200 breast with a lifetime best by four seconds, at 2:33.58.
  • Junior Amy Johnston (Vassalboro, Maine) went a lifetime best in the 500 free and a season best in the 200 individual medley.
  • Depew went a lifetime best in winning the 200 backstroke in 2:16.06. Depew also won the 100 back at 1:02.26.
  • Sparks won the 100 breast in 1:09.21.

The Bates men also opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as sophomore Matt Johns (Seaford, N.Y.), junior Alex McKeown (South Windsor, Conn.), junior Ned Scott (Maplewood, N.J.) and junior Dan Aupi (Branford, Conn.) finished in 1:41.07.

After that, first-year Won Ho Chang (Seoul, Korea) led the way for Bates, touching the wall first in the 200 free (1:48.16), the 50 free (22.58) and the 100 fly (52.22). Chang capped the meet by anchoring Bates' win in the 400 free relay, as he, Aupi, sophomore Nick Karlson (Wayland, Mass.) and Scott combined for a time of 3:22.11.

Other event wins for the Bates men included:

  • Junior Ryan Pitcairn (Newbury, Mass.) won the mile in 17:51.58.
  • First-year Venkatesh Duvvuri (South Orange, N.J.) won the 200 fly in 2:04.18.
  • Junior Tom Boniface (Youngstown, Ohio) won the 100 back in 57.44, and also claimed first in the 200 individual medley (2:05.48).

Bates travels to NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Saturday, Feb. 5, for a meet that will include Wellesley in the women's competition.